Monday, December 30, 2013

Travel Necessities

International travel can be a fun and thrilling experience for people of all ages. However, people need to be cautious and safe when visiting new foreign locations. Language and cultural barriers may leave tourists feeling a bit lost. Additionally, it is easy to lose one's navigation and directions in a crowded new city. Fortunately, there are reliable travel guide services that provide all of the essential resources for traveling to new exotic destinations worldwide.

A legitimate travel agency has direct contacts with lodging facilities in most major cities and destinations that attract tourists. Clients are guaranteed to get comfortable rooms and avoid false advertising schemes usually shown on websites promoting foreign hotels. All transportation accommodations are also taken care of by the travel agency. This includes airfare tickets, transportation to and from the airport and shuttle services to and from hotels. Tourists are encouraged to buy tour packages that show the best of any city or destination. There is no need to wander away from major attractions when visiting new foreign tourist sites.

Travel agencies may also set up interesting tours through amazing landscapes such as deserts or forests. Tourists have to trek through different landscapes and should be prepared. For example, visiting exotic locations in Africa and Asia requires getting certain vaccines to avoid contracting some viral diseases. For safety reasons, travel agencies encourage tourists to purchase travel insurance that covers expenses related to airfare ticket refunds and medical costs that arise during emergency situations requiring possible hospital visits.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lake Hodges Birds Christmas Eve 2013

Christmas Eve 2012
Joyful Fluttering of Wings @ Lake Hodges- San Diego, Christmas Eve 2013
Birds came rejoicing, spreading magic! May all your life be blessed with wonderful colors of joyfulness, happiness, peacefulness and more. Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas, everyone!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rockin' to Infinity and Beyond


If you and your music demands to stand out in a crowd, then the Fender American Special Stratocasters are your best bet. Its contoured solid body in a two-tone gloss urethane finish gives it a stand out visual character. However, the choice of guitars are not dependent on its appearance, it is more on its performance. Aside from the maple fingerboard with jumbo frets, this guitar boasts of three, yes, three Texas single coil pick-ups giving the guitarist a multitude of unique tones. Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Blackmore, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and John Meyer are just a few of the great artists who have fallen in love the stratocaster. Proudly made in the USA for a reasonable price, I would have no regrets in purchasing a one of a kind guitar like this. 

~by Ai~

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Arc'teryx in the Summer?

With Arc'teryx  Full Weather Protection Jacket in the Summer for Alpine Mountaineering

Would you entertain the idea of wearing the Outside Magazine's Gear of the Year Award, Arc'teryx, in the summer? Or would you prefer to wear skimpy two piece suits and lie on the beach for summer vacation? When most people probably picture their summer to be wandering in city streets or lazying on the beach wearing their skimpy swim suits, my picture of summer vacation somehow is different. Living in one of the major cities in US with miles of beaches, I do not plan our vacation in another city or in another beach, rather, vacation for us always means exploring the great outdoors. 

Our summer vacation usually meant wearing a superior lightweight, breathable, fully waterproof and full weather protection jacket for comfort and climbing performance. So, where we were this time of the year for our summer get-away? Anyone wants to take a guess? Here are some clues:
Clue 1:
It's Far Enough from San Diego We Had to Fly
Clue 2:
Its Mountains Are Full of Glaciers

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Potato Chip Rock At Mt Woodson...... Then and Now

Then (2007): Cousin and I @ Potato Chip Rock, Mt Woodson, San Diego County, CA

Hiking Mt Woodson was one of our "little best kept secrets" before in San Diego.  Not that we are one of the early hikers there, since we only learned of the trail from Jerry Schad's "A Foot and A Field in San Diego". It was a very quiet hike then, and on a cooler day, the number of hikers probably equals the number of rock climbers. Our favorite spot then to have lunch was at Potato Chip Rock. We won't have lunch necessarily right on the chip, but on top of the boulder in front of the chip. We used to just look at the Potato Chip Rock then from the boulder where we would have lunch. Until one day, my cousin from Los Angeles joined hubby and I hiking at Mt Woodson. As usual, we would have our lunch break on the boulder in front of the Chip. However, my more adventurous cousin was feeling so motivated to pose at the chip, that she and hubby tried to problem solve how to go to the Chip Rock. 
Cousin @ The Chip Rock, 2007 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Getting Outdoors With Minimum Fuss and the Best Equipment


For those of us who love the outdoors there can be nothing worse than being stuck indoors while choosing the best outdoor gear. Knowing what to look for when it comes to waterproof jackets, boots and clothing can save on time stuck in stores, or online and leave more spare time for actually using it! Here are some tips to cut the time spent searching for the perfect kit.

Waterproofs Just Need to be Waterproof

The basic idea behind waterproof jackets is simple; they should repel water. Combined effectively with a base layer, to remove perspiration from your skin and thermal layers to provide insulation, you’ll find that the final waterproof layer creates the perfect combination to keep your body temperature well regulated and beat the worst of the elements. However, when it comes to waterproof outdoor gear most modern offerings come with an additional range of jargon to confuse and befuddle the best of us. While most modern materials are excellent at keeping water out the main problem with them tends to be design. Poorly designed and badly made jackets can allow water to creep in regardless of the level of waterproofing technology. Over-designed jackets tend to be the worst culprits on this front; with more pockets, zips, flaps and add-ons than is entirely necessary, these seem to be rather too common on the market. They're great if you want to look cool, but if you want to keep cool (and dry) they’re not always the best choice. Stick to simpler designs with adequate, but not too many, pockets. For cycling and running or activities in warmer weather light weight, simple waterproof jackets work well. For harsher climates and conditions and for hiking or mountaineering, heavier weight, robust coats and jackets will work best. Wind-proofing as well as waterproofing can be a consideration with the latter activities in particular. Even if you’re buying online, try to find a store which stocks the brands you are interested in. Don't forget accessories and check out jackets with a favourite rucksack to ensure pockets and zips don’t catch (making them susceptible to damage).

Boots; One Size Rarely Fits All

While it’s possible to buy boots, walking and running shoes online (preferable sometimes when Boxing Day or other sales crop up for outdoor gear) it really does pay to try before you buy in this case. Each of us is unique and so, unfortunately, are our feet. One size never fits all, in this case, and especially for serious walkers and mountaineers the right boots are essential. Avoiding sores, blisters and other uncomfortable foot problems makes for a much easier life when out and about enjoying the great outdoors. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice in-store on the best makes, best ways to lace and any accessories that are recommended with a product. While some of us, often mistakenly, think that we can break new boots in, the boot should really be right in the shop and not need too much breaking in once in use. Take hiking socks (or other appropriate footwear for the boot/shoe in question) and try sizes larger than you would normally take. Boots should provide a comfortable experience and plenty of support, but shouldn’t be too tight fitting (especially for winter mountaineering and climbing). If you’re trying before you’re buying some experts recommend the afternoon as the best time of day to do this – mainly as our feet swell more as the day goes on. Also try both boots on as most people find that one foot is slightly different in size to the other, meaning a happy medium needs to be established!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Monterey Bay Walk

This is the second part of our day 2 Big Sur-Monterey Bay vacation. In the morning, we took a 4-hour whale watching tour with Monterey Bay Whale Watch, and in the afternoon, we took a very relaxing walk at Monterey Bay.
Sea Lions are Probably the Most Visible Wildlife in Monterey Harbor

As soon as our whale watching boat docked at Monterey Bay's Fisherman's Wharf, everyone sprinted away. However, as I got out of the boat, I saw a beautiful jelly fish swaying gracefully under the water. I took some time photographing until I was reminded by someone who was obviously hungry as you could hear from the 5-seconds video below. :) 

Commercial Fishing


Commercial fishermen rely on their fishing boats and equipment for their livelihood. That is why it is so important to acquire quality commercial fishing equipment and gear from reputable sources. Inferior goods will not last as long and could also result in losing fish, which in turn results in lost profits. On the other hand, finding reliable sources for quality goods can save a commercial fishing enterprise a lot of time and money.
Some of the most important kinds of fishing equipment include trap rods, tackle boxes, sinkers, waders, hooks, reels spears and nets. Commercial fishermen also especially rely on electric and hydraulic pumps, motors and winches, shrimp and fish netting, chain, rope, cast nets, shackles, swivels, thimbles, galvanized rigging, propellers, block and tack and much more. A good boat is of course also an absolute necessity for most types of commercial fishing.

In order to be a successful commercial fisherman, one must be very knowledgeable about fishing equipment and gear and know where to get quality inventory at good prices. The best way to do this is to do research ahead of time to find quality sources that one can rely on. Fortunately, commercial fishing is a very old industry, so there are commercial fishing equipment dealers that have been in business for a very long time. They have a lot of experience in manufacturing and selling high quality and reliable equipment. This commercial fishing store is an example of a business that has extensive experience in supplying commercial fishers with all their fishing equipment needs.

Harbor Seals or Sea Lions? And Swimming With them In San Diego

La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Some of the common sights you will see in San Diego waters, most especially in La Jolla, are the harbor seals and sea lions. 
 Sea Lions or Harbor Seals? @ La Jolla, San Diego, CA
 Sea Lions or Harbor Seals? @ La Jolla, San Diego, CA

Could you tell from the pictures above which are the sea lions, and which are the harbor seals? How about finding what are different between the two groups?

1. Differing flippers: The sea lions have longer hindflippers that they could rotate allowing them to assume a sit-like position and walk on land. The harbor seals have shorter hindflippers that are angled backwards and not capable of rotation. They could not use their hindflippers for sitting or walking, thus they rest by lying flat on the ground, most of the time on their belly.

The foreflippers of sea lions are longer and skinnier. The seals' foreflippers are stubby and hairy.

2. Differing ears: Sea lions have smal earflaps that you could see, true seals look earless because they only have earholes.


Could you now tell which of the two pictures above are the sea lions and which are the harbor seals from the differences I mentioned? If not, read on, as I will add more differences in this post. Meanwhile, let me share with you a common sea lion and harbor seal behavior that I shared with a visiting tourist who was planning to snorkel in La Jolla Cove. A lot of tourists (and locals too), usually find delight in seeing the harbor seals and sea lions in their natural habitat. They are sure cute and fun to look at. However, they can be intimidating for those who are swimming near them for the very first time. 
Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove

A few months back, while I and hubby were rinsing our goggles, prepping them against fogging, a guy who was all geared up to swim and snorkel came near us and asked: "will you get into the water with those seals?" He was actually referring to the sea lions. The one swimming back and forth makes a lot of noise, characteristic of sea lions. Sea lions make a lot of noise, whereas seals are adorably silent! :)

Hubby told him, "yes, we'll do. Those noisy ones swimming are sea lions."

The guy replied, "Don't the sea lions attack people?"

Hubby replied, "They don't, if you leave them be. They most especially won't if they are in the water!"

The guy looked like wanting an explanation why sea lions won't attack in the water, so I told him, "Sea lions and seals do not attack people in the water. The water is their world, they feel very safe there and are very confident with their survival skills there. Sometimes, they would swim past you, somersault in front of you, kind of probably showing off their superior swimming and acrobatic skills in water, or it may be their way of making fun of us in the water, because for them, we are VERY POOR SWIMMERS! :) "

The guy smiled, feeling more confident now getting into the water, but before he went to the water, hubby added, "oh before we forget, don't make a mistake to come near them on rock or on shore or  anywhere out of water, they could attack you!"

The guy looked at me with confused stare, so I told him, "Yes, on land, on rock, anywhere out of water, the sea lions don't feel as strong as they are in the water! Just like some humans, when they are weak, they act out strong to hide the inner weakness! Sea lions somehow could be like that. When they feel weak, they feel less safe, so they are more prone to defend themselves when they feel like you are invading their space and they misinterpret your proximity as harm. When they defend, it could be mistaken as attacking. That behavior could be seen on land where they feel less confident of their skills. Be careful not to come near them on rocks, like what those other people are trying to do. When they haul out on rocks it means they need rest and space."

The guy said, "very interesting! I did not know sea lions behave like men too, gracious and playful when they are confident, yet, could be A BULLY WHEN THEY ARE WEAK!"

The guy thanked both of us, and looked very happy with what he learned, and then, happily and confidently jumped into the water and swam away. :) 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Jobs In Travel Companies

What's the best job in the world? This may sound old, but the best job in the world is always something we love most doing. Where work inspires us to grow in many aspects. Thankfully, we all have different interests and differ in what we most love doing. These differences allow for a more balanced and diverse world.

So, what's the best job for me, the one that I love most doing? I know probably some would mistakenly assume that what I love most doing is exploring the great outdoors and nature photography because that is what I mostly share here in this blog.
I won't deny that I love so much exploring the great outdoors, be it in the form of hiking, snorkeling, snow shoeing, photographing, etc. Nature wandering is a form of rest and relaxation for me. But teaching Math and Science has been my passion for a very long time now, a job that adds more meaning and purpose to my simply joyful and joyfully simple life. I do not intend to give up teaching because it is my "best job". I am highly energized by Math and Science, and so passionate teaching about them! I am so glad that my love for nature supports my passion in teaching Math and Science because I learn so much from every nature wandering. I always get hyped up in school when I talk about everyday's thermodynamics and more in our natural world, and how nature is our best teacher when it comes to optimization.

Despite describing myself as teacher first, outdoor explorer 2nd, still, I get oftentimes questions such as: "Don't you just wish you are in the great outdoors all the time? Like a National Park naturalist or scientist, working on the preservation of Earth's natural resources?"
Hmmmm, I close my eyes and think about it. The moment I close my eyes, I see the heartwarming smiles of my students and their priceless happiness whenever they understand something, and right away, my answer is, "being a Park Ranger or a National Park environmentalist and scientist may be equally rewarding, but I am happy where I am planted, enjoying the priceless happiness that teaching brings."

Going back to the best jobs in the world, they are the ones where you follow your passion. A career doing what you love never seems like work. If you love travel and helping others, a career in travel and hospitality industries could be the right way for you to turn your passion into a fulfilling life's work. Some jobs in the travel industry include wholesalers, travel agents, pilots and other airline staff, tour operators, naturalists and cruise ship personnels.

A successful candidate for this field is someone with an outgoing personality, great people and organizational skills, a sense of humor and the ability to attend to details and not let small problems get them down. It also helps if the person has the ability to think quickly and find unique solutions to those invariable glitches that can happen when they're trying to coordinate a number of events and schedules. People are the most important aspect of the job in a travel industry. Professionals that work in travel industries must be able to interact with those from a number of backgrounds and cultures and take great satisfaction in helping others.

There are nearly as many ways to enter the travel industry as there are available jobs. The first thing to do is to decide what sector of the travel industry is most appealing to you, and then find out what kind of training, background and qualifications you need to enter that sector.

As with many careers, there are different levels of education or training involved, dependent on the job. Managers may need at least an undergraduate degree in an industry-related field, however, having a lot of hands-on experience in the industry is a plus. Travel agents can get certification in many local community colleges and online certification programs. Many of these programs have the benefit of job placement services as well. Tour guides can work for a company or become independent. This job doesn't necessarily require a formal education, but being knowledgeable about the local area and its history, having local contacts within the restaurants, hotels and travel bureaus, and developing a good reputation are all necessary ingredients for success.

Entry level positions are the easiest to get if you have little experience or you're fresh out of an educational program. Large corporations, such as major hotel chains, amusements and cruise lines, often hold job fairs where persons who are interested in seeking career opportunities can talk to corporate recruiters about any training programs or job openings that are offered by those companies. The travel and tourism industry is wide open and always expanding. There are careers to fulfill any personality type, from behind the scenes organization to direct public interaction to executive positions, and all of these careers choices offer opportunities to advance or even branch out on your own.

The Internet is an invaluable source for job listings and company information in almost every industry. You can find career information and jobs at royal holiday and other travel companies in several ways. You can either go to the company website and use the information under employment to find out about available positions and contact the company directly, or use can uses sources such as Linkedin to get general information about employment with specific companies through their profiles there. The more contacts you make within the industry, the better your chances of finding your dream job.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Whale Watching At Monterey Bay

Whale Watching Monterey Bay

In the morning of the second day of our "Into the Pacific Wild Big Sur and Monterey Bay Vacation", we took a whale watching tour with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. Before the tour, I only had one wish, to see a whale breach in front of me. Well, as you can see from the pictures above ( some of my favorite pictures from the trip), sadly, my wish was not granted! :( There is just no way we could control nature. But nevertheless, it was still a very awesome experience for us. We were that very close to humpback whales, and we saw not just one, not just one dozen, but several dozens. We saw whale sprouts almost every where, that it could be overwhelming where to point the camera. 
Though I took several whale watching tours from San Diego and Alaska, but I never had experienced to be that up close with whales that we could hear their sprouts! Even if my wish of seeing a breaching whale up close was not granted, but I still could say this experience is one of the most fascinating I had with nature. Call me crazy, but for some reason, I am thinking of another Big Sur and Monterey Bay vacation again, haha! I guess, I am not giving up on capturing a breaching whale. But who knows, I may experience them in San Diego.

Going back to Big Sur and Monterey Bay, there are just so much wildlife to experience. Up to now, I still am dreaming of the extremely graceful jelly fish dancing in the waters of Monterey Bay, of sea otters, of sea lions, of mola mola, and many more. I really had a wonderful time seeing wonderful aquatic life not from aquarium, but from the wild waters of the Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean. I will share the other wildlife in my later post that we encountered during our afternoon walk at Monterey Bay. Meantime, here are more pictures from our whale watching.
 HUMPBACK WHALE AND BIRD

Friday, December 06, 2013

FOREVER FALL 2013

fall colors at school
I know, it seems like each year, I publish here a "forever fall" post. :) Anyway, it was incredibly sunny today ( but chilly ) that I was inspired to take some snaps of fall colors outside my classroom. As I took it, this wish was silently brewing in my heart.....

Blue Sky, can you please stay?
Till tomorrow when it is time to play?

Ahhh, there is actually a forecast of rain and low elevation snow in San Diego County tomorrow. Coastal areas don't get snow because of the moderation of temperature by the Pacific Ocean, but usually the higher elevation would still get snow. I really do not mind rain and snow, but I kind of wish for rain and snow on weekdays when most are at work and blue sky on weekends when it's time to play! :) Hahha!! Anyway, we are at low elevation and closer to the sea, so I do not worry about snow, and I love hiking in rain still. So, rain or shine, just got to play tomorrow. 

Oh, the picture above is a forever fall, because the colors usually stay until February. :) San Diego is like a "forever fall and forever spring" county!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Day 1 of our Big Sur Thanksgiving Week 2013 Trip

Day 1 of our Big Sur Thanksgiving Week 2013 Trip.

The drive to Big Sur from San Diego is a long 7 hours. In that amount of driving, we could reach Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, or Zion National Park in Utah, but we chose to stay in California. Though I love both Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks, but we just spent some days at Zion during the summer hiking. Last spring, we hiked Grand Canyon from rim down to the river. I felt it is about time to listen to Big Sur calling. :) We actually also spent our 2012 thanksgiving vacation in Big Sur. Our memories from 2012 kept on inspiring me to go back to enjoy the wild scenery, and the wildlife.
from our Big Sur 2012 Thanksgiving Week Vacation
Big Sur 2013 Thanksgiving Week Vacation

We left San Diego about 7:00 am Saturday so that we could still catch some light when we reach Big Sur. Despite having been to the place several times, we still left with high excitement to see the wintering butterflies, whales, sea otters, critically endangered California condors and more wildlife in the wild Pacific Coast. For us, it was not much about seeing the place, which is described by National Geographic as one of world's Top Ten Drives of a Lifetime. It was more about experiencing the wildlife, the wild but beautiful scenery, and extreme peacefulness.

Why do I love Big Sur? Ahhhh, so many reasons, I will slowly share our experiences, perhaps, they would explain why I love to go back in this paradise again and again.

Anyway, here was our day 1 experience, whales will come later on day 2:
Wintering Butterflies at North Pismo State Beach

Pismo Beach is about 5 hours from San Diego. It is a very strategic stop for us, for two reasons: 1. lunch time and 2. experience again the flight of the monarch butterflies as they winter in North Pismo Beach. Below is a short 15-seconds video of the wintering butterflies, currently estimated to be about 30,000 monarch butterflies wintering in the eucalyptus and cypress trees by North Pismo State Beach.

It's very amazing  for me to learn of the flight of the butterflies, how they migrate, and how they winter together. I can't help but be filled with awe seeing them. I added background music in the video above. I actually love adding background music in my personal videos, somehow, I just find nature and music go very well together. I however try to be careful enough to add music that is not copyrighted,and are free to share. Music copyrights is very strict as youtube or facebook could block you if you got three copyright violations. It would be nice if I have my own music studio, maybe I could make my own music. I would probably get a novation impulse at musicians friend so I could make very good soothing music to go with my nature videos. Ahhhh, so nice to dream! Haha!

Going back to our drive, after the butterflies and lunch at Pismo Beach, we continued driving North on Highway 1. Before entering Big Sur, we stopped at San Simeon to check the elephant seals.
 Seagulls and Elephant Seals: Sights at San Simeon

Monday, December 02, 2013

INTO THE PACIFIC WILD

 Some wild snapshots of the wildlife in Big Sur and Monterey Bay, CA
 ( wildlife except the lady in pink jacket above )

So thankful to have a short 5 day vacation into the Pacific wild coast, in Big Sur and Monterey Bay. We left San Diego early morning Saturday, and came back very late in the evening of Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving. As usual, a Big Sur vacation does not disappoint. I have been here many times ( this actually is my favorite vacation destination in California), but I feel like I don't have enough, and could always go back for another vacation. Ahhhh, anyway, I will let the video below and the two picture collages speak about our Pacific Wild memories for now.  
WILDLIFE AND SCENERY FROM THE WILD PACIFIC COAST
( every pictures and video were taken in the wild coast of Big Sur and Monterey Bay, not in any indoor facilities such as aquarium or zoos )

I chose the music "How Great Is Our God" by Kimberly and Alberto Rivera because that is one of the songs that best represents my gratefulness to our Great GOD, feeling HIS GREAT LOVE for all life in this Earth. 

Using Headphones While Creating Videos in Live Movie Maker

INTO THE PACIFIC WILD: MEMORIES OF OUR RECENT BIG SUR VACATION 
BACKGROUND MUSIC: "HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD" by Kimberly and Alberto Rivera

I have been addicted to creating videos lately using Windows Live Movie Maker. For some reason, I find the video I took from the great outdoors reminds me of how great is our GOD for giving us a wonderful world. Though taking videos is a lot more challenging than taking pictures, especially with a dslr, because it needs real steady hands, but I still use my dslr sometimes to take videos. Take note: I don't have a new dslr, the video features in my dslr were there since I bought it many years ago. But somehow, I was not interested in creating videos before. The joy in creating videos started when we were snorkeling, since I found that taking photos of fast moving fish were not very easy with a point and shoot camera because of its not so fast shutter. My point and shoot underwater camera does not have the lightning speed of my dslr for very fast movement and in low light conditions such as underwater. Thus, underwater, I started taking videos more. I love adding music into the videos when I put together several videos I took.  I use most of the time headset when I listen to the videos I made again and again. How I wish I have some of those exceptional numark headphones, where I could feel the very core of the music without irritating my ear drums. The outdoors and music team up together for me in adding more joy and inspiration to the simple joys in simple life.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

What Happens When You Visit San Diego?

Fun with Visiting Friends

Visiting San Diego? Come physically prepared. Though San Diego is one of the biggest cities in US, but it is very laid back and outdoorsy in style. Though of course, there are the usual big city amenities, but the best part for me of visiting San Diego is enjoying the balance of nature in the city. Come physically prepared, so you can run, chase the waves, jump, hike up in the mountains, to be on top of the world, to touch the sky, to see the colors of life and be inspired.

After our 5 day thanksgiving trip into the Pacific Wild in Big Sur, CA, hardly had no time to rest to have fun with visiting friends, enjoying the great outdoors and building priceless memories. Time spent with friends and our loved ones in the great outdoors, IS PRICELESS! 

Now, am tuning myself back to reality. :) Back to work, I had a mind relaxing and heart inspiring thanksgiving break though very physically demanding ( 8 straight days of wandering )!

Finding Discount Saddles

Many people do not realize how important it is to find just the right saddle for both the horse and the rider. It may be possible to purchase just any saddle and end up with one that is comfortable for the horse and rider, but that scenario is extremely unlikely. The saddle must not only be the right style for the type of riding intended, but the seat should be comfortable and the right size. In addition, the saddle must fit the horse correctly because the last thing any rider wants to experience is a horse that is experiencing discomfort or pain from an ill-fitting saddle.

When a rider begins shopping for a new saddle, it soon becomes apparent that saddles can cost a lot of money. If the saddle is to be used for show or performance sports, it probably will be fairly expensive. A comfortable pleasure saddle will do nicely if the horse and rider will be out on the trail most of the time. While the cost is not expected to be as much, it is just as important that the saddle fit both the horse and rider correctly. 

To make sure you get the best deal on a new saddle, it is important to find discount saddles either online or in a saddle shop. When buying a saddle online it is essential that the correct measurements are used, and make sure the seller guarantees the saddle can be returned if it does not fit correctly.