Buying a Western Horse Saddle should not be a quick decision. With many Brands of Western Saddles it can become quite an ordeal to find the right fit for you and your horse. Generally, the price will tell you what quality Saddle you will get. While even the cheaper Brands are not “cheap”, expect to spend some money on great Craftmanship. A quality Saddle will feel better, fit more comfortable and will last you for years to come if you take care of it.
Before you go out shopping for your next Western Horse Saddle think about your intended use, horse and rider fit, budget, and personal preferences, as this will determine your choice. Seek out Stores with qualified sales people. Many stores will let you take the saddle to try. A good store will work with you to find the right fit. Ordering these kind of saddles from the Internet may not be a great idea. They are very heavy items to ship and if you need to return, shipping cost could become extremely expensive.
How do you know the difference between a quality Western Horse Saddle and a Cheaper version of it? If you do your homework and learn how to spot great Craftsmanship in a Western Saddle you will save yourself a lot of uncomfortable rides and a lot of money down the road.
Here are two saddles that are being reviewed. Learn how to spot a cheap Western Saddle with shortcuts and problem areas vs. a quality Saddle.