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What Saddle?

Hello! 100 lessons completed

I was wondering.... How do you know what saddle to use if it is the horses first time with a saddle on? 'Cause I know that if it were my first time with a saddle on, I would not want it to hurt me!



Hi There, try a saddle pad first, no riding of course and when the horse is used the the pad and girthing you can get a saddle fitter out. I use a treeless saddle as I only do pleasure riding and can't afford different saddles for the season size changes. Watch out though not all treeless saddles fit short backed horses, you may need a fitters advice for these as well. I use a barefoot western and love it, the horn is onlt pretend though, so no good for the real cowboys out there. Good luck and happy riding!!

Kicki -- Sweden
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I can only agree with marsay152. Start with a pad and, unless you are really good at it, you definitely get a saddle fitter out!
A treeless saddle for youngsters is a good idea, because they will grow a lot and develop over their backs in the coming years, so you will need to re-fit or even a new size of saddle altogether in a couple of years. The Treeless saddle can "grow" with your horse.

Hello! 100 lessons completed

Thank you! Your suggestions are very helpful!

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Agree with the pad to begin with. As for the saddle (when the time comes) I ADORE and LOVE my Bob Marshall Treeless Saddle. Mine is the Endurance model with no horn and feels like a very nice sofa. My horse loves it and with my saddle pad, the sweat line is nice and even on both sides. The best investment I made in my tack expenditure is my saddle.