Saddle Suggestions for H/J Rider Switching to Western!
Alright, I never thought the day would come I'd give up my antares saddle and Holsteiner gelding for a APHA mare and wester tack. But, it has. And I'm really looking forward to relaxing on the trail with my new mare.
So, I know next to nothing about western saddles. I've ridden western but as far as buying a saddle... I need some help!
I'm a poor college student. I don't really have much money to spend. However, I don't want to buy something cheap that won't last and will hurt my horse. I'm willing to save for a while to find the right saddle.
She's about 15.1, maybe .2 if she stands on her tiptoes. Built like a paint (though she's 1/2 TB). But, no withers. Typical QH build, just her head is so delicate! I assume she'd go in regular QH bars with the build of her back-- pretty round with little wither, nice sized barrel.
She's a just turned 6yo, originally trained for polo (well, started for polo) so I need to do a lot of foundation work with her. She goes and whoas, but the steering thing is a little bit of an issue, however, I think a lot of it was to do with how uncomfortable her feet were-- just pulled and trimmed her, she had had those shoes on since May! (not owned by me, I just got her last week!) I rode her bareback in a rope halter and was catching on to the neck reining pretty quick, very responsive off leg cues so we did a lot of turning that way :p
I found this saddle--
It looks nice enough, though it's "cheap". I do have someone helping me fit the saddle to her, but before I ship a saddle out here I want to know if it's at least worth looking at.
Any other ideas, brands, etc. that I should look into?
Thanks so much!