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post #1 of 7 Old 02-14-2014, 11:59 PM Thread Starter
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Raising quick cash for some new tack :)

So this may be a bit of a tangent, and is probably like a million other threads out there, but here I go anyway.

I'm in the process of switching disciplines from dressage to hunter under saddle. My dressage saddle is now pinching my mare, I haven't ridden her in a month, so I can't ride her in that pretty much. I could invest in a bareback pad or something to ride her till I get my new saddle, but I feel uncomfortable riding bareback because I feel like she will be uncomfortable.

Anyway, regardless of whether or not I choose to ride bareback, I need about $1750 for this new saddle. The quicker I get the saddle, the quicker I get to ride, train, get my horse in shape in time for show season. this will be our first show season -- I'm super anxious because I want to start showing her so badly.

So how can I raise the quick cash?
I could sell the dressage saddle, but I feel like then I won't even have the option of a saddle. I could sell the pad, which was extremely expensive to begin with (Back on Track Pad).

I need to make some quick cash. Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 02-15-2014, 12:21 AM
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Maybe you could talk to your parents about the money saved by not moving to the barn where board+lessons would have been more than 2x as much to pursue dressage, and instead applying it to different tack? Otherwise, could you possibly get a job or work around your barn? I'd also sell the current saddle. There is no way to make a saddle that is too narrow comfortable.

PS: M. Toulouse saddles are for sale used fairly frequently, so you might try to find the one you like used online somewhere.
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post #3 of 7 Old 02-15-2014, 07:14 PM
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Holy cow, are there other options for a different saddle, or are you deadset on that saddle?
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Actually, I'm not dead-set anymore, but I'm thinking that given our circumstances (having a young horse who is extremely wide and can change shape), we will be better off getting something with a changeable/adjustable gullet. And we want leather for show. And pretty much all of those are AT LEAST 1000, if not twice that. :(
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Your already saddle-less right now if your saddle doesn't fit your mare. What the point of keeping it if you can't ride her in it? Plus, selling a saddle isn't an over night thing. It's probably going to take a few weeks, if not a month.

Also, $1,700 is a lot for a saddle. You can pick up a nice used one for $700. If you keep your eyes out your can find used ones WAY cheaper.
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-15-2014, 07:31 PM
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I make $6-800 paychecks in the summer and can't save up $1750 fast. I think you're being completely unrealistic here.

In all honesty, if I were to just start my mare's training for shows and think I'll be able to show decently beginning of show season, I'd be kidding myself. I'd assume jump training is nearly the same as gaming with how in depth it is, it just isn't realistic and too much to expect from the horse. I just started my mare's training for AUGUST shows, and I don't even plan to actually push her, she's just going to be there for the ranch classes and down and back, with loping barrela/poles/etc.

I would look for a different, used, saddle that's good quality and take your time with training. There will always be next year to show, and the years after that as well. I've seen horses with rushed training, and when pushed, THOSE are the horses I see lose it mentally and/or fall.

But I would sell the dressage saddle you have and maybe get an all-purpose saddle since you decided on a discipline fairly quick and may not like it when you start actually getting into it.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-15-2014, 07:33 PM
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You can get a new Wintec with the adjustable gullets for well under $1000.
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