- 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)