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I'm in the market for a saddle for my mare. I've been borrowing my coach's Stubben for the past few months, and although I love it, I need to find one of my own.

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My budget isn't super high for a saddle, which is why I'll probably buy used. I'm hoping to spend no more than $2000 (just the saddle, I have my own girths, breastplates and stirrup irons/leathers, saddle pads), but would prefer to go lower. Can anyone recommend a good saddle brand that is easy on the wallet, but still good quality? Lkewise, any brand I should avoid? I ride english, mainly hunter, but also have an interest in persuing dressage and eventing, so something all purpose would be best.

Custom made saddles - are they worth it? Custom made isn't in my budget at the moment, but if the best option, I will save my money and go this route.

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Don't go all purpose.. but honestly your budget will get your a decent saddle.. I prefer used saddles anyway.. but that way you can possibly find a high brand saddle for example a boarder bought a used butet under 2k and i LOVE that saddle..
 

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Your budget will allow you to find a decent saddle. I am using a custom saddle from the Gaston Mercier Saddler and it is very comfortable for trail riding.
You can see this saddle on their website. To me, it is a very good brand.
 

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How about another Stubben. They are slow selling and it's keeping the prices low. I just got a really nice Edleweiss CS cc 16.5" 32cm for $700 + shipping. I love how it fits me. Stubben Imperators (AP) have been turning up on eBay and selling for $550 to $650 average and I got one that's like new but it cost much more.

Crosby Prix with the padded flap? Crosby Centennial? Sometimes you can get those used for around $700 - $800. There are more Centennials than padded Prixs, though.
 

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I really, really like the Stubben. My coach isn't much of a fan of them because she finds she sits weird in them, but I love them.

I'll check out Ebay, thanks for the advice.

Starline, why no all purpose? Just curious.
 

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$2000 is VERY good.

I got Pessoa CC which was way under $2000 and very happy with it so far. My trainer liked it too. I can't really advice to stay away from certain brands (of course except those cheap "start" packages :) ), so you just have to go with what fit your horse. Do you have any tack shops around? When I was looking for the saddle I drove 2 hours to PA. Far but they had hundreds of saddles - both used and new from $300 till $5+K range, so I took as many measurements from my horses as I could and just spent 2 hours there trying everything in my price range.
 

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If you like Stubben, I would go for another Stubben.

I got mine brand new and with some custom stuff and it was still right around the 2000 range, so you should be able to find a great used one if you don't mind used for your price range. I too like Stubbens.... I guess its either love or hate cause my sister was disgusted when she rode in my saddle.
 
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