So I spent a lot more money on my current saddle then I care to ever admit to my husband. I love this saddle and have it fitted regularly to my young growing filly. But my filly is just that...young. Accidents can happen and of course we currently do mostly trails. I want to find a decent cheap saddle that I'm not afraid to have roughed up a little. Any opinions? Or ideas?
It rides like a tree saddle with a nice twist, fits all horses, very comfortable, and it's good quality leather made in Italy.... You can order it in what color you want and they have a trial policy too.
One thing I did have to purchase a good breast collar for trail - it will slip a bit on my horse with a round figure. (he's built like a rain barrel.)
Edited to add - if I were to order this saddle again one thing I would do since I like riding in a shorter stirrup is order this model vs the one in the above link (without the big knee/thigh block)
My trail saddle is a Stubben Siegfried. It has a nice deep seat, and they're really tough. There are also some older Courbettes out there that have that nice, heavy cowhide that holds up to rain & scratches. Or there's always a Western Saddle
A western saddle. Hmmm...its been awhile since I got in touch with my cowgirl side. Use to barrel race when I was a kid. That would def. make my hubby happy and might actually make the getting a second saddle idea more tolerable for him. Again...hmmm.
I have a Stubben Siegfried II and an Aramis (like the old Tristans) that I trail ride/condition for endurance/do endurance rides in. I have a 6yo Arab. He's fallen on the Siegfried 3 times and has bashed it into things several times over the past 3 years. I've soaked it in the rain a couple dozen times. I just put a little Hammanol (Stubben's conditioner) on it after I abuse it and still looks good enough to show in. More importantly, a few different people who know this sort of thing have told me the tree is still just fine.
I haven't put the Aramis through any abuse yet because I've only had it about 6mo, but I will be since I find it more comfortable to do longer rides in.
FWIW, the Siegfried II was $350 on Craigslist and the Aramis was $300 on eBay.
I had a Crosby AP saddle once that I sold and I wish I hadn't. It was comfortable comfortable comfortable and really nicely made. If I was doing trails and just hacking around I would want it back! You can find them in near-new condition for < $500.