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Horse riding is physically, mentally and spiritually rewarding. It's a sport and a hobby that people of any age can participate in, and it's very easy to learn. Whether you want to take up horse riding as a pastime or are thinking of owning and riding your very own stallion, you'll need the proper equipment needed to ride: investing in the right saddle is step one.
Not all saddles are created equal, so it is important to find the right one that suits your shape and size. You will also need to consider the horse's body and the type of riding that you will be doing, whether it be riding in competitions, jumping, or on trail rides. When you require long hours in the saddle as well as a robust seat, then you'll need a stock saddle.
Types of horse riding saddles
Dressage saddle: This type of saddle is for the advanced and competition riders. This style is defined by a deep seat and its design aims to deliver better balance for the rider.
Stock saddle: This is the ideal saddle for trail riding, cattle ranchers, or endurance riding. It is defined by a deep seat, a higher pommel, and extra padding for comfort for those long rides.
Jumping saddle: As its name suggests, jumping saddles are used for dressage or show jumping. This style has a flatter seat than other types and has larger flaps to give the legs more support. They are padded at the front to offer extra protection to the lower leg during leaps and bounds.
When it comes to the right equine equipment, don't look past eBay for all your riding needs. From English horse saddles available in a range of colours to Western and English horse bits, you can find the right styles online at the best prices.