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    I found a Borelli English Saddle at my local tack store for $50 in very good condition, (it was a trade-in) but I don't know that much about them. I've been primarily riding Western, but I'm ready to try English and if this saddle is any good for me and my horse then I'll buy it. Any opinions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by horselvr2008 View Post
    I found a Borelli English Saddle at my local tack store for $50 in very good condition, (it was a trade-in) but I don't know that much about them. I've been primarily riding Western, but I'm ready to try English and if this saddle is any good for me and my horse then I'll buy it. Any opinions?

    for any saddle no matter brand what you need to find out is if it fits you and your horse. It may only be $50 but that could be $50 wasted if it doesnt work. Look up reviews on them. Just googling the name I have found a good chunk of them for sale for $80-$150 meaning they are probably not a good quality saddle. If you are really interested in getting into english seriously (as in more than just joy riding around). It is worth it to look into good brands, finding a saddle that fits and will hold value. A stubben for instance, you could probably find a good stuggen siegfried at a decent price that will remain in the same value range for a long while. Its quality will be higher and will last longer.
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    That is what I was initially considering was either a Stubben or a Collegiate, but then I came across this one and had a hard time finding reviews. I plan on starting to show next summer and want a good saddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by horselvr2008 View Post
    That is what I was initially considering was either a Stubben or a Collegiate, but then I came across this one and had a hard time finding reviews. I plan on starting to show next summer and want a good saddle.
    If it is something you want to show in and you want a good one, then I can pretty much say this is probably not the saddle for you. The overall pricing of these saddles reflects the quality, which is likely very low. You can get a nice used stubben show saddle for under $400 on ebay. When it comes to tack your going to be using consistantly you do not want to skimp on the price or quality. This does not mean you have to pay $1000 for a brand new collegiate or something, you just need to find a good used saddle and realize that $400 for a good saddle can be a fantastic deal over a $50 bad saddle.
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    Thank you. I appreciate the advice!

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    I happen to have first hand experience with Borelli saddles. My first english saddle, 32 years ago was a Borelli. It held up wonderfully for a kid who would drop it in the dirt, trip over it, have pony roll on it, ect.! I also have a couple of Cortinas in my lesson barn, they are just about identical to the Borelli. They are an argentine brand and of average quality. But, they are not made of indian leather, the stitching is decent and they hold up well. For someone trying english out and not wanting to invest in a better quality saddle yet, it is a good choice. The seat tends to be well balanced and fairly deep, although may need to be restuffed depending on age and wear. I woulld buy a Borelli or Cortina way before buying a no name american or indian saddle! Of course the most important thing is fit of horse and rider and only the buyer can tell that.

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    I currently own a Borelli that I found it on a local classifieds site for $150 with stirrups, leathers, a pad, and a schooling bridle. It's in excellent shape for its age (I was told it was 20 years old) and gets the job done, but it definitely isn't a show saddle or anything. One thing I noticed is that I think the billets were replaced, so make sure you double check them. Overall it's a nice saddle for the training and schooling I use it for.



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    Borrelis are Argentine made saddles. They're on the low end, but better than most starter sets or cheap Asian imports. If it's in good shape, the tree is sound, and the tree is straight, then I would certainly consider it, especially for that price. Ask them if you can pay for it, but bring it back if it doesn't fit your horse.
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    I grew up in a Cortina, which I'm told are very similar to Borellis. It was a very basic saddle(and borderline hideous, though sound and never torn, etc), but it got me to college, at which point the tree gave up. It fit 3 different arabs (15 to 16 hands, Egyptian to Russian bred).
    I ended up eventually replacing it with a Stubben Sigfried VSD, which is a similar cut, but much higher quality saddle.
    Basically, if you're just trying out english and it fits, go for it. If you're going to show or its not a good fit, its not worth it

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    Some of those old Borelli AP saddles are pretty much equivalent to a modern Collegiate. Some are almost cheaper like the Cortina. I'd have to see a pic. If it's an AP with suede inserts, has both knee rolls and thigh rolls, has a quilted leather panel and looks like it was meant to copy Stubben Siegfried, it's probably a better one. There are some APs without knee rolls, and some CCs, too. Sone of those have looked like Collegiates and some like cheaper saddles. Not sure, but the AP with the knee & thigh rolls I think had a spring tree.

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