Buying a saddle is a big decision. You have to make sure the saddle you choose is the right one for what you plan to use it for every day. It has to fit your horse and you, and it has to work with your budget!
There are so many factors to consider when buying a saddle, and so many questions you probably will have along the way.
How Will You Use It?
What activities do you do most often with your horse? If you are into team roping, you’ll need a roping saddle. A roping saddle has double rigging and an anchored horn, ideal for tying off cattle.
If you love long-distance trail riding, get a saddle that’s lighter to keep your horse comfortable. If versatility is key and you don’t specialize in any one activity, a ranch saddle is probably ideal. Assess your needs before buying a saddle to make sure it fits your intentions.
How Big Is Your Horse?
If you’ve bought saddles before, you know there is no such thing as a perfect fit. You also know that a poorly fitting saddle can make a good horse behave badly. It’s important to choose one that gives your horse freedom of movement and balances your weight evenly. Gather information about your horse, including breed, size and distinct physical characteristics, and make sure you purchase a saddle that fits it.
How Does It Fit You?
You should try out as many saddles as possible before making a selection, because it’s important that you like the way the saddle feels, too. After all, you’re about to spend a significant amount of time in it!
Many saddle specifics will affect how it feels, including the size of the seat, the seat’s angle, the stirrup position, cantle and fork height.
What’s Your Budget?
For the most part, you’ll find that the higher the price goes, the better the quality. Saddles can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars! It’s easy to overspend, so it’s best to set your budget beforehand.
Spend as much as you can comfortably afford and find a saddle that fits you and your horse, because as you will see, saddle performance is key to both you and your horse’s happiness and safety.
At Frontier Trailers & Roping Supply, buying a saddle is made easy with our team of helpful, experienced associates. We have plenty of advice for everyone from first-time buyers to expert old-timers. Come into our store today.