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.