I'm also currently looking for a new saddle. As my training and riding has progressed and improved, I'm finding that my current saddle doesn't fit as well any longer.
I have ridden in saddles that are too small. As I learned to use my seat more correctly, it became extremely painful to sit in a saddle that was too small, and I won't do it again. I nearly did serious damage to my psoas muscle and lower back because of it. It set my riding back by 2 years. It is extremely important to have a saddle that fits BOTH you and your horse. Don't waste money on a so-so saddle. Take your time. There are lots and lots of saddles out there.
I had a Grand Gilbert, and I really liked the saddle a lot! It was one that ended up being too small. They make a great saddle, and you can find a bunch of them on Ebay.
My current saddle is a Cliff-Barnsby Bonfire Cocktail. Very nice saddle. I will be selling it soon to pay for something new. It was the first saddle I rode in, that I really felt like I could stretch my legs down and open my hips. This saddle has an extra-long flap. I would look into the Cliff-Barnsby saddles as well. They are nicely made and hold up really well. I found mine used.
Last edited by Blkarab; Jun. 14, 2013 at 02:30 PM.
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