My mother and I are in the market for a DRESSAGE saddle under $200 and on Horse Loverz they have the Equiroyal (http://www.horseloverz.com/EquiRoyal...pr-301294.html) and Silver Fox (http://www.horseloverz.com/Silver-Fo...pr-148805.html) brands within my price range. This saddle will only be used a maximum of 1-2x per week so longevity is not what we're most concerned with. I am more concerned with tree quality. I am a western gal through and through, I can spot a cheap western saddle from a mile away, but when it comes to english riding, I'm lost. To give you an idea of just how often I ride, I have a Kates (I know, it's probably a cheapy) all purpose saddle with hardly 60 rides in it and I've had it for nearly 10 years. My mother and I are going to be starting up ODS (Oregon Dressage Society) and are just wanting a saddle to put us in the correct frame. Both of us suffer MISERABLY from chair seats, so hopefully a proper saddle will get us there.
ALSO!!! If any of you have a decent USED dressage saddle for sale for under $200 (prefer shipping to be included in price!!!) please let me know! My mother is in the process of selling one of her western saddles and we hope to have the money for a dressage saddle within the next couple months. Please understand that my mother moves at a slugs pace since she is a graveyard shift nurse.