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post #1 of 8 Old 01-31-2020, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! yes this is my last post for today lol, but what type of english saddles are the best? i have a 14.2 hh pinto mare that id like to introduce to english tack. shes super trustworthy and has done all the new things ive asked w/o question. Looking for maybe something used under $300
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-31-2020, 05:12 PM
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Anything basic that fits well. The old collegiates are usually really cheap, but solid saddles with trees that seem to hold up through the years beautifully. At $300 you should be able to get a quality used saddle. If you can work with a local fitter that would be ideal. Make sure you get an appropriate seat size for you. As a rule- whatever your seat size is in western tack, add two inches to that.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-31-2020, 07:33 PM
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If you have around $300, then I'd factor in to that a saddler who can assess fit & adjust whatever saddle to best fit your horse. Wintecs and some other English saddles come with adjustable gullets(newer Wintecs have more facility for adjusting other areas too), which may be helpful, esp if your horse changes shape much over the year. **Adjustable gullets do not mean 'one size fits all* just that this particular part of the saddle can be changed to fit different shapes.
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For that amount of money, I'd look for a good used saddle rather than a cheap new saddle.

If you're coming from Western riding, you will probably find a dressage saddle more comfortable than a jumping saddle. An AP (all purpose) saddle is somewhere between the two.
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^Agree on the dressage style. I have ridden in & owned western saddles & stock saddles, and I actually find dressage saddles the most comfortable. I do not like AP saddles, which are more like a jumping shape/position. Only gripe about dressage saddles is they generally don't come with many D's, to attach saddle bags, crupper, breast plate, etc - all the things that dressage riders don't need in an arena!
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thanks for the help, ive only really done western riding, (actually ive never ridden english lol), but id really like to learn and try to jump a little. dolly learns well so i like to introduce her to new things. shes really turning into quite the bombproof girl, especially for a mare lol
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If you really think you might want to jump, you should probably consider getting an All Purpose saddle rather than the dressage saddle. You can do really low jumps in a dressage saddle, but probably nothing more. But it's going to put your leg in a position you're not used to. See if you can find some to try to see what it feels like.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-24-2020, 01:08 AM
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With a budget of $300 you should definitely look at a used Collegiate, Wintec, or Circuit. (If you get really lucky you might even find an HDR or an M Toulouse within that price range)

A new saddle under $300 is highly unlikely to be any good for your horse OR for your balance.

If you want to jump, I second @ACinATX - a dressage saddle will do you no favours. While you CAN jump in a dressage (I have, up to 3') it's much better for your position to jump in an AP or a proper jumping saddle. For small stuff (below about 2'6" ime) a forward-cut AP will do you fine, but for anything over that, a jump saddle will be better.
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