Heard of a "husband horse" what about a "husband saddle"
I am trying to decide what would be the best saddle to get for my husband who is just starting to really ride. I will buy a used one so he doesn't have to go thru the hassle and shear pain of breaking it in, but I really don't know where to begin. I know what I like, but is that different for a man and a beginner?
I bought my fiancee one of the Barefoot London saddles used. He didn't like my western saddle the one time he tried it and much preferred my all-purpose so english it was. The treeless is nice since it is a little softer and will fit a variety of horses. So far he hasn't had any stability issues and really likes it. I think the only thing harder than finding a horse for your husband/significant other is finding a saddle to fit both.
Plenty of men still foxhunt, so fortunately there's still a market for such saddles.
At least here in the US, men commonly hunt in Stubben and Berney Brothers, both of which go up to 18.5" and 19" sizes. I also see men hunting in Black Country, Castelow by Saddler's Bench, Albion, and County saddles.
When it comes to saddle shopping, the horse is usually a bigger limitation than the rider. If he's got a husband horse, I'd start with the brands that will work for the horse and then consider his options from there.
For the non-English saddle, I bought a Wintec stock (Aussie) for my husband and I steal it for long trail rides or rain (or windy days on my baby that bucks!). It is very comfy and quite secure, but rides like an English saddle so he won't feel like it is as much of a switch between the two, if that makes sense. I imagine it would be pretty hard to fall out of.
I have a nice old Keiffer that my husband rode in when he was first learning. It's got a good deep seat for security, but isn't so deep that the rider gets "trapped" in it. Hubby has since graduated to a regular close contact saddle, but the Keiffer certainly did the trick initially!