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How to Buy a Horse Saddle

Buying a saddle for your horse is next in importance only to buying the horse. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind.


  • Step 1: Consider types of saddles Decide which type of saddle you need. Besides English and Western saddles, there are hunt seat saddles, dressage saddles, and flat racing saddles to choose from.
  • TIP: Consult an experienced horseperson if you are not used to purchasing saddles.
  • Step 2: Decide on material Decide whether you want a leather or synthetic saddle. Leather is traditional, but you have to be careful to select good-quality material. Synthetic saddles are lightweight and easy to clean.
  • Step 3: Consider a new or used saddle Decide whether you want a new or used saddle. Many tack shops sell used saddles on consignment.
  • TIP: Make sure the saddle comes with a return policy, whether it is new or used.
  • Step 4: Find a saddle that fits the horse Make sure the saddle fits the horse.
  • Step 5: Find a saddle that fits you Make sure the saddle fits you. If it doesn't, it will be uncomfortable to ride in and it will throw you out of position.
  • FACT: The Western saddle was adapted from a design invented by the Moors of North Africa.

You Will Need

  • Saddle types
  • Construction material
  • Used or new saddle
  • Proper fit
  • Experienced horseperson (optional)
  • Return policy (optional)

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