August 14, 2018

Things to Keep in Mind When Purchasing a Saddle

Whether you are an experienced horse rider or a beginner there are certain things you should keep in mind when purchasing a saddle to make sure you get exactly what you (and your horse) need. When it comes to horse supplies, the saddle is the basis of what you will need to ride a horse successfully.

More Than You Bargained For

It is important to note that you will rarely be purchasing just a saddle. Often times, especially if you do not have other horse supplies, you will also need to purchase stirrup leathers, girths, saddle maintenance products and protective covers. Be sure to budget in such a way that you walk away with everything you need for the saddle to be fully functional for both you and the horse.

You should also make sure that you only purchase all these additional items once you have decided on which saddle to buy and are 100% sure which one that is. Purchasing additional items can be a waste of time and money if you end up changing your mind about the saddle after the fact.

It Has To Feel Right

Oftentimes even when all the measurements are done properly and the saddle is a perfect fit, something might still not feel right for you or the horse. This is why you must ensure the perfect fit both technically and when it comes to comfort. You may not find the absolute perfect one the first time around, so be prepared to fit a few before finding a saddle that is a perfect match for the horse and the rider.

Decide Which Style of Saddle You Want

This is most often the choice between English style saddles and Western saddles. The leather Western saddle is hefty and heavy-duty horse equipment as it was made to support long days of riding while working cattle, which is apparent from the horn in the front of the saddle. It has a larger area covering the horses back so that weight is distributed evenly and the horse does not become quickly fatigued.

English saddles are lighter than Western saddles and are often synthetic, making them even lighter. They are also available in different styles for different activities, like the Western Saddle. When choosing which to use it is entirely dependent on your needs and preferences as the rider. For expert advice and all the horse equipment, you need contact Trident Saddlery and we’ll be sure to get you exactly what you need from your saddle purchase.