I need opinions and advice on saddle brands, I just got my first horse and I bought a saddle online (Thorowgood AP T4) and made sure to measure the gullet correctly etc. The saddle fits him very well…but my issue is with the quality of the saddle. I didn’t know as a newbie buying a synthetic saddle, all the annoyance that comes with it. It’s very stiff, there is no grip, it’s bulky so not very close contact, the seat is very hard. It’s impossible for me to develop a firm/still leg and good seat.
I don’t plan on competing, just doing some jumping and trail rides on my own, maybe some endurance one day. I don’t want to spend over $1500 CAD on a saddle, I just don’t see a point. I want to find a good quality, black, leather, close contact/ all purpose/ jumping saddle.
I am considering a collegiate, the price is right and I like the look of their saddles. I’m not familiar with equestrian brand/ product knowledge, does this company make good saddles? Also any recommendations? I’ve looked at just about every brand I could find from low to high value. My horse is a dutch warmblood x friesian. Let’s hear your thoughts!
Disclaimer: I will be getting a saddle fitter, and preferably looking for new saddle not used