A firsthand saddle is perhaps the most costly part of equipment following the horse you're going to buy. Here are a few things to consider when making your choice to buy a saddle. Once you've bought your horse, the most expensive piece of equipment you're going to buy is probably a saddle. That fact alone is reason enough to choose carefully when choosing a saddle, though, as you will see later, this is not the only reason.
What type of saddle will fit your horse?
The first thing you need to know is what saddle type you need. Often the sport you're interested in will determine your saddle selection. Dressage, show jumping, western pleasure and saddle seat classes all require very distinctive saddle types. However, it may not always be that easy to choose from. For example, riders who enjoy riding their horses around the trails can do this in either an English saddle for general purpose or a Western trail saddle. If you're trailing mostly, but you like to feel the thrill of jumping over fallen logs you encounter on the way, you may decide to choose an English saddle with a general purpose.
Will you choose a synthetic or a leather saddle?
These days, owners of horses are almost spoiled for choice. These were wrapped in a nylon fabric when plastic saddles were first introduced and often came in bright colors which meant these were not suitable to show. These are now made from fabrics made of synthetic leather and suede and look like traditional saddles. Other benefits of synthetic saddles are that they are very lightweight and easy to clean as well. They are available in a wide range of English and Western styles. If you wish, you can still obtain synthetic saddles in snazzy colors. It is important to noted that, if don’t fit your horse properly; it can cause training and health problems of all kinds to your horse. Whether you choose to buy fine used saddles or any other type it should fit your horse.