Originally Posted by allieloveshorses
Thank you so much for all of your replies. We will keep looking for the right used saddle. It still seems like a big chuck of money to plunk down for a used saddle. Who knew saddles were so expensive? I do now! I will be checking out eBay
for something suitable... Or I might just hold off on a saddle until we are more ready to take the plunge! Horses..... An expensive addiction.
You don't have to spend that much on a saddle. I mentioned the Rex because it's in the same price class as the one you looked at at Dover. So that new Camelot at Dover will set you back $500, and you might be able to sell it for half that. A used Rex will set you back $350, it's a better saddle, and you'll sell it for $350. That was my point.
I didn't have $350 to spend on my kid's saddle, so I didn't get a Rex (but her instructor has her in one for lessons - I can see the difference in her riding). I first had her in a used (like-new) 15" Wintec with an adjustable gullet that I got for $150 including shipping. I sold it for $250. I now have her in a used Collegiate 16" pony-club saddle that I got for $120 including shipping. It will sell for at least that much. Neither put her in as good a position as the Rex does, but they're both very respectable saddles, and I felt comfortable about the price. That said, there aren't very many good saddles at a reasonable price in kids' sizes. If you know exactly what you're looking for and are patient, you can do very well without spending too much, and you'll get your money back when you sell it. If it seems like a big chunk of money for a used saddle, consider that the Rex cost up to $2000 new. The Camelot is $500 new. Even used, which do you think is a better-made and better-designed saddle?
Don't fall for the temptation of buying a cheap, no-name brand saddle. I let my daughter ride a horse I know very well in one of those one - it was all that was around. I figured she was so light that even though it wasn't a quality saddle, the horse might not care (I mean really - 5 round int he round-pen at a walk). After 3 minutes, he lay down to roll to try to get the thing off. Horses can tell the difference between a good and bad saddle. Some will tell you what they think of it. Not something you want to risk with a kid on board.
Here's a quick examples:
Much better saddle than the Camelot: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Beim-Kl...item415e34e626