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post #1 of 13 Old 12-03-2014, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Purchasing a saddle?

Hello! I've been taking English riding lessons for a year and a half at a stable that houses about 17 different horses. I am wondering if and when it would be beneficial to purchase my own personal saddle? I am not looking to buy a saddle now by any means, but I do plan on showing this summer (which is also something I know very little about). A lot of the more experienced students bring their own saddles to their lessons, and I am starting to think that is probably a good idea, as I often spend half of my measly half-hour lesson simply trying to get used to the feel of the saddle of the horse I'm riding. However, I am sort of confused about how I would even go about purchasing my own personal saddle to use. Like I said, I have only recently gotten into the equestrian scene, and I still hardly know anything about it. So any directly or indirectly related advice would be much appreciated. :)
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-04-2014, 03:31 AM
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Unless you have experience and an adjustable saddle, it is never going to fit all horses.

Personally, having run riding schools, I would never allow clients to use their own saddles on the horses, all of which had their own well fitting tack.

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post #3 of 13 Old 12-04-2014, 05:08 AM
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I agree with foxhunter, your better off waiting until you have your own horse to purchase your own saddle.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-04-2014, 07:33 AM
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I would hold off on buying your own saddle. Unless it has one of those changeable gullet systems, there is no way it will fit all those different horses correctly.

Also, I have worked at (still work at 1) barns that give a lot of lessons. They tend to prefer lesson kids use the tack that they know fits the lesson horse well. Generally, the more advanced students who are bringing their own saddles either lease or own a horse.

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I understand the frustration of having to adjust to so many different saddles, but it will make you a better rider.
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I would hold off on buying your own saddle. Unless it has one of those changeable gullet systems, there is no way it will fit all those different horses correctly.
Even the adjustable gullet systems do not really fit all horses. There are many dimensions to saddle fitting than just the gullet size.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-04-2014, 06:37 PM
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It seems strange to me that the riding school would let students use their own saddles, given that they are not fitted to the horse. I wouldn't recommend it, even if it fits a range of horses, you will probably find that your time isn't so much spend adjusting to the different saddles, but adjusting to the different horses.
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-07-2014, 11:18 PM
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Even the adjustable gullet systems do not really fit all horses. There are many dimensions to saddle fitting than just the gullet size.
Exactly. I have a interchangeable Collegiate (cannot remember exact model, but one of the newer ones, I got it brand new I think 3 years ago?). It fit her at the time as she was growing, but she is now done and filled out and it no longer fits. I did have it professionally fitted at the time of purchase, and again 6 months and 1 year later. It would still be a good fit for her, except there is simply not enough wither clearance on it. I would have it re-flocked again, but I am looking to upgrade anyway, I only bought it as a schooling saddle for while she's growing anyhow. I keep it for my other mare though since it actually fits her quite well.

When you have a horse of your own, get a professional fitter out, because even riding multiple horses in an interchangeable won't always be the best option - no two horses will be the same, and there's so much more to saddle fit than gullet size.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-08-2014, 03:30 AM
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I have had ponies and horses all my life and never needed a personal saddle to me, but all my horses have personal saddles Fitting saddles to horses can be a complete nightmare.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-09-2014, 10:48 AM
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I have had ponies and horses all my life and never needed a personal saddle to me, but all my horses have personal saddles Fitting saddles to horses can be a complete nightmare.
This is a good point too. Getting a saddle to fit a particular horse, IMHO, is 1000x more important than one that is fitted to you. Rider fit it important of course, but horse fit comes first.

Out of all my saddles, not a one fits me 100% how it should. But, I make sure that whichever one I am using is fitted to that particular horse.
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