#4 – New or Used
Everyone has their own opinion on this. Some only buy new, some only buy used. Personally, I liked my broken-in used saddles (and bridles!); the leather was nice and supple from being used and treated regularly. If well treated, they look just as nice as a new saddle for a fraction of the cost. Of course, if you are looking for something for show, you may want a new saddle.