You can chose the right saddle only when you’re definite about the use you intend to put it to. This is the elementary Phase 1. Western saddles come in a great many varieties, and you want to pick just the right one for your intended use. Saddles for barrel racing, endurance events, roping and general purpose use are just some of the kinds available.
Once you are positive about the exact sort of saddle you want, your next exercise is to figure out the precise brand you want to procure. The market is flooded with brand names galore, and lots of them are extremely good products. I have some suggestions for you in terms of band selection criteria:
– Buy American makes, they are superior to imported makes;
– Buy saddles of genuine leather, unless they’re way beyond your budget;
– Buy a brand which has been on the market for a long time, and enjoys excellent reputation and client commitment.
Your third phase is to figure out the specs of saddle you want. To help with this job, I recommend you get a saddle fit guide. You can download one from any number of internet sites. These guides are of major help to you in deciding the best saddle for you given your size and shape.
The final phase is, naturally, buying the saddle. After you are done with the first 3 phases, you are finally ready to get your mits on your perfect saddle. Do some Internet scanning and window shopping until you find the saddle that’s just perfect for you.
Generally, online outlets have prices at the low retail range. Before you decide on a seller, see if you can find out about his market reputation. A good retailer certain of his own quality shouldn’t have any problems giving you references.