Looking for recommendations please for pony saddle. Have been thinking about trying to pick one up second hand but have no idea where to start looking? Getting a pony on trial today and provided she's nice and quiet, will need to sort some tack out!
local saddlers - nearly all the decent ones round here sell s/hand saddles, and will come to you with them, or you can take horse to them. failing that use a metal coathangers to take the shape of the ponies withers and then ask if you can take 2/3 that fit that shape on appro to try at home, and get someone else to check fitting (unless you a re v experienced yourself) and watch it being ridden in.
Saddlers usually have saddles they've taken in part-exchange for new ones and they will come out to you with a van load to try. Or as someone else said, if you want to buy from ebay or similar then buy something adjustable (there are leather adjustable ones too now) and get it altered by a professional.
Thanks for the suggestions everyone. It's a looooooong time since I've had a new saddle - even then I was a child and my Dad sorted it out! We have the loan of a saddle for a few days and once we see what the pony is like for the kids [she's just gorgeous ] then I'll start off with our local-ish saddler. Definitely want one which is fitted properly!
Dpony has a new saddle, my friend bought it at an equestrian yard sale for £7. The leather is split along the cantle, and one seat seam. It will cost me £150 to have the seat replaced. So thats £157 for a perfectly fitting Kiln saddle. Im quite chuffed! They are hundreds new! Dfriend bought a Stubben Siegfried jumping saddle for £45 at our local equestrian boot sale. It fits her young warmblood nicely. £1000+ new. Keep your eyes open for something that vaguely fits, then get it altered to fit.