Looking for a cheap used saddle while I save up for a new one... I can't use my old saddle anymore.. it's a medium and I need a wide for my girl! Anywhoo, I'm concerned about her back.. I definitely want something that won't hurt her, but with my teensy budget ($400) I'm not sure I'll be able to find anything !!! She's green and we're not showing or anything atm so it's not like I need an attractive saddle or even anything comfortable to me. I can't decide on anything uughhh I'm driving myself crazy...literally losing sleep to stay up and look at saddles for sale... heelllpppp! Does anybody have any suggestions of a saddle you have used that your horses had gone well in and had not done any damage to their backs?? And that would be cheap?
I would look for a used saddle -- you can find some great deals on nice quality saddles that just aren't necessarily "in style" any more. I got an older Beval Devon -- plain flap, no knee roll, flat seat -- that way for a steal. The shop owner told me she had priced it that way because of its style, but I love it to death.
Something along the lines of a Thorowgood T4 all purpose might be a good option. They come in 3 different models (high wither, standard and cob/broadback) that offer conformation-specific fitting options, and they have a changeable gullet as well. They're around $650 new, but you might be able to find one used. The flap is forward enough to jump up to about 3'. You can find them at Dover or through Annette Gavin at Hastilow USA.