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Saddles For Sale: Don't Pull Your Hair Out! PDF Print Email
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Written by: Al Paloosa   
Wednesday, 22 July 2009 13:00
It can be hard for beginners to tell the difference between all of the saddles for sale on the market. For a newcomer, what makes horse saddle unique might not be so obvious at first glance. And some differences are not exactly visible at first.


It can be hard for beginners to tell the difference between all of the saddles for sale on the market. For a newcomer, what makes horse saddle unique might not be so obvious at first glance. And some differences are not exactly visible at first.

After you take a saddle home and place it on your horse, you will notice right away that it has it's own feel to it. And again once you yourself climb into the saddle, you will discover that your own body has a lot to with with how well the saddle works out. When you test a saddle, it's a good idea to sit in it and go with your initial reaction to how you like it. But beyond that, what else should you look out for in a saddle?

Let's investigate some different things to consider with saddles for sale:

First and foremost, it is critically important when you find a saddle for sale that it will fit the horse properly. It is important not to become so fallen with a saddle that looks like the perfect saddle when it is simply not a good fit for the horse. Such a saddle could prove very uncomfortable if not outright painful for the horse.

Remember that an improper fit can also put you in danger. Either from an irate animal or from falling off. So be sure to measure your horse before shopping for any saddles for sale.

If you are looking to save money on a purchase, buying used can be a wise idea. However, it is important to inspect the saddle for wear and tear. Some used saddles hold up remarkably well even after having been put through enormous use.

However don't be duped by a name brand if you are looking for a used saddle. If the saddle has seen its day, it's best to move on to another option regardless of the manufacturer or warranty.

Sometimes, even the best looking saddle can have problems. By best looking, we do not mean a saddle that looks like a visually appealing model. We mean one that might not show any obvious signs of wear and tear. In fact, it may even seem like a great fit once it is strapped to the horse.

Then, when you ride the horse with the saddle, you may notice that it is loose or unsecured. If this is the case and you cannot fix the problem, it probably would be best to exchange the saddle and select a new one.

Also, even if the saddle rides well, it could have problems. If you notice dark black spots on the horse after riding the saddle, these are bruises that would indicate the saddle is painful for the horse. Such a saddle would have to be replaced as well since it is a problem for the horse.

Yes, it can be a little extra work to select the right saddle and sometimes your selection may not go as intended. But, when you take these extra steps, you will discover your horseback riding sessions to be a lot more fun and a whole lot safer.

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