If you want to own a horse, you’ll have to get accessories such as the saddle. And since there are many types of saddles available and so many manufacturers making them, prices will vary from company to company.
How much does a horse saddle cost?
For a saddle considered “poor quality” by the industry, prices can vary between $200 and $600. These lower-priced models typically don’t last more than 5 years and are made with synthetic materials such as rubber or synthetic leather. If you’re looking for higher-quality materials then expect prices between $700 – $1,500 depending on what type you’re after and their colors or features. A professional saddle will usually be made of leather and can last up to 40 years if handled properly.
A well-dressed saddle can range anywhere from $700 to as much as $2,500. A Western saddle is typically priced at around the average of these two price points so it could be about a thousand dollars or more if you want it with all the bells and whistles. If you are looking for something less common without any frills but still maintaining some of its class then there are also other options available such as Circle Y saddles, which retail between $1,000 and $1,750, depending on which model you go for.
Tucker saddlery has an even lower starting price point, starting at $900 and going up to $2,000.
The Trail Saddle by Endurance retails for $975 to $1,300. Customized saddles can also be created and will vary depending on size and type of customizations; a customized saddle could cost anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000+. Most set a base price that typically does not exceed more than 5 times what you might pay at retail stores. You may find it difficult to get an affordable new western saddle, but when you do, you will usually spend around or over $500.
|Abetta||$250 to $1,000|
|Ammerman||$1,000 to $2,000|
|Billy Cook||$500 to $2,200|
|Bighorn||$300 to $1,600|
|Billy Royal||$1,000 to $2,700|
|Buffalo Saddlery||$250 to $550|
|Circle S||$300 to $1,200|
|Circle T||$250 to $550|
|Coats Saddlery||$2,000 to $3,200|
|Court’s Saddlery||$1,000 to $2,800|
|Crates||$1,000 to $2,300|
|Dakota||$500 to $1,300|
|Double J||$1,000 to $2,300|
|Fabtron||$500 to $1,200|
|King Series||$250 to $550|
|Martin Saddlery||$2,000 to $3,000|
|McCall||$2,200 to $3,000|
|Reinsman||$900 to $2,000|
|Saddle King||$700 to $2,000|
|Showman||$500 to $1,500|
|Simco||$700 to $2,000|
|Tex Tan||$700 to $2,000|
|Wintec||$300 to $1,000|
Horse saddle details
Saddles come in all shapes and sizes. Some saddles are designed for ranching, roping, or cutting events while others may be used as everyday horse accessories. Made of leather or synthetic materials depending on the design, a saddle will take years to break in before it is comfortable enough for use by both rider and animal alike.
Saddles come with a variety of fork types: slick fork/a-fork and swell fork. There are multiple styles of saddles like the Western-style, Australian saddle, or English saddle. Some have toolings that are unique to the type or manufacturer.
Any extra costs to consider?
Saddles are expensive, but they’re worth the investment if you plan on riding for a long time. Along with the saddle itself, there are a variety of accessories that can be purchased to make things easier and more comfortable when it comes to keeping yourself safe while out in nature or at shows. A few popular items include purses (to carry all those little pockets), skirts, and special shoes designed specifically for saddles only which can cost anywhere from $20-$130 depending on the brand; these will add extra comfort during longer rides.
Some people may need to have alterations done on their saddle in order for it to fit properly. This is a process that usually requires the help of an expert and can be very costly, but it’s worth it if you want your horse riding experience as comfortable as possible. In addition to this, most saddles require some sort of pad so that riders are more comfortable while they ride, which could cost anywhere from $25-$200+. Due to the weight consideration, retailers will sometimes charge extra money when shipping a full-sized horse saddle.
Tips to remember
When looking for a saddle, it is important to inspect the leather condition and quality in order to make sure there are no cracks or dry rot. Stitching will also play a role when inspecting saddles since stitching holds all pieces together; be certain that these stitches hold up well before purchasing it.
When purchasing a new saddle for your horse, consider the animal’s comfort and safety above all else by ensuring that three fingers can be slipped comfortably between their backside and the seat of the saddle. The saddle should also fit the horse properly because if not, you’ll notice your horse acting pretty weird.
Used saddles are a great option for anyone looking to save money. Used saddles will have many advantages such as already being broken in and the leather may be softer, making your ride smoother than it would otherwise be with a new saddle. If you’re unsure of which saddle to purchase, talk with a local professional- they can help make sure that you find exactly what matches your needs and offers advice on how best to care for the product once purchased. Many stores will have strict return policies so when making this type of purchase pay careful attention to their policy before completing any transaction; if unsatisfied later down the line know where these products can go back without the hassle.
Top brands to look for:
- Circle Y
Is there a way to save money?
Find the saddles you need for your horse at auctions that are locally organized. You can find some great deals on these websites such as eBay and Craigslist, but it may be easier to get them from a local stable where you will be able to see and test them.