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Best Horse Saddles

Updated December 2018
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  • 35 Models Considered
  • 7 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 432 Consumers Consulted
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

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    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    Horse saddles fall into two groups — Western and English. Western saddles have specialty designs for roping and barrel racing, while English offshoots include dressage, close contact, and endurance (or Australian) saddles. All come in a variety of widths to fit the horse and seat sizes to fit the rider. Leather is the traditional material, but synthetic saddles have become increasingly popular due to the ease of cleaning and the lighter weight, plus some have adjustable trees (the solid structure inside the saddle) that adapt the width across the withers, useful if you have multiple horses. Treeless saddles are available, which have softer structures inside and may be good for hard-to-fit horses, but may lack some stability for the rider. Always make sure the saddle fits the horse without rubbing and avoid using pads to try and correct a bad fit.  Besides creating sores, an ill-fitting saddle can also result in serious behavior issues like bucking, sourness, and disobedience.

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