It Seems Like A Right Of Passage
When you get more involved with horses and riding. Taking more lessons or maybe leasing, I bet buying a saddle of your own will cross your mind. Should you do it though? By the saddle before the horse? Read on!
Pro’s and Con’s
Get Exactly What You Want
If you are riding in a lesson program and take a lesson in the barn saddle, you might not be riding in the saddle or saddle type you would prefer. Buying your own saddle gives you the opportunity to get exactly what you want.
At a lesson barn where the saddles are used a lot and don’t always get the best upkeep. Most likely they don’t have the highest quality for their lesson saddles ( I know I don’t) If you buy your own saddle you can get something higher quality
Another more minor reason to want your own saddle is that you won’t have to adjust the stirrups every time you get on. This is its self is not, in my opinion, a good enough reason to buy a saddle. If you hate adjusting stirrups and can afford a saddle of your own, you do your thing, I’m all for it!
Will It Fit?
If you ride different horses each lesson, your saddle may not fit properly and your trainer may not want you to use it on the horse. It has to fit you but remember, it also has to be an acceptable fit for the horse’s comfort.
They do make saddles with adjustable trees. This is a really good option to have. It is not super easy and quick though. At least I never found it to be. I don’t think it is realistic to think you could change out the tree each week when you find out which lesson horse you are using.
A Horse Of Your Own
Whether you plan on working towards leasing, or maybe you want to own your own horse eventually, the saddle you have may fit you but not him. You would have to buy a new saddle to fit the horse. In my opinion, if you are riding at a place that has good safe tack, I would use their tack until I started leasing or decided to buy.
Ask your trainer if they think you should buy a saddle yet. If they do I’m sure they will have some recommendations for you. Follow their recommendations closely! That is why you pay them for their expertise.
Try A Whole Bunch Of Different Saddles
If you decide to buy one, take this opportunity to try out( sit in and ride in) as many different saddles as you can. It is a good chance to find out what you like and what you don’t.
If You Find A Saddle You Like
If you find a prospective saddle that you want to buy. Show it to your trainer. Ask their opinion on it’s fit for you and for your horse. As well as if it suited for the discipline of riding that you are learning.
Start A Saddle Fund
As you are taking lessons, leasing and riding more. If you aren’t quite ready yet, start a saddle fund. Start putting away a little money each month towards your future saddle. Just like anything else, the more money you have the more options you have to look at.
Take Time To Think Through The Decision
I get it, the more you ride the more you want a horse. If you can’t get a horse yet, getting a saddle of your own might sound really exciting! To some, it feels like a right of passage in the horse world. Just make sure that you think through the decision. Is it the right time to buy your own saddle? Or would it make more sense to wait a little longer, maybe until you do a long term lease or buy a horse of your own? It has got to fit both you and the horse or it won’t be so exciting after all. Ask your trainer to help you make the decision. If you decide to go for it, let them check out the saddle and give you the go-ahead.
If It’s Not The Right Time
Don’t be disappointed! The time for you to own your own saddle will come and it will still be just as exciting when it does!