Assuming you're going to split that cost between the two saddles, you can EASILY find both a good English and western saddle for that price, especially if you look for something used..I'll be doing both western and English pleasure, and possibly jumping and sorting!
I'd really love to spend no more than $2,000, but if there's something worth going beyond that price range, I'd be happy to get another job to pay for it!
The thing that I've always heard about HDRs is to avoid their advantage line. I've never actually come across one, but I've heard that they're pretty cruddy. My friend has had a couple of HDR Pros over the years, and another friend has an HDR Rivella (or something along those lines) and they're decent saddles.Thank you very much! I was actually just looking into HDRs!
and thank you frlsgirl! I'll look into both of those!
I'm guessing that these prices are assuming that you're buying new? You can definitely get collegiate, bates, and stubben for well under $1000 in decent used shape! New? Not so much. If you're willing to spend a little time looking then I would suggest buying a higher quality used saddle than lower quality new.Depends on your budget.
I have to say that my Barnsby Pegasus saddle is still in immaculate condition after 10+ years and is still as comfortable as ever.
Under $1000: HDR, Wintec
$1000-$2000: Collegiate, Bates, Stubben, Some Barnsby models, Santa Cruz
Some amazing saddle brands are Devoucoux, CWD, Bruno Delgrange and Antares but you are looking at over $5000.