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post #1 of 7 Old 01-10-2011, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Any hope for a cracked tree?

I recently bought a gorgeous vintage Hereford saddle online. Seller said saddle was solid, good all-round condition etc. It arrived and I was curious as to why the right side seemed strangely squeaky. Well, after a bit of investigation I found a crack in the tree. It runs nearly from almost right at the front to halfway down the back, the length of the skirt. It's not broken off, still attached, but it's definitely cracked good.

It didn't show itself when I did the typical 'stand saddle on the horn and push/pull' tree check but the damaged side of the saddle did have more give than the solid side when I flapped the skirts around. And, like I said, it was extremely squeaky.

So...is the only option here replacing the tree? Or is this something that can be fixed some other way?

Unfortunately the saddle doesn't fit my horse so I need to resell it--and I can't resell it for what I paid with a broken tree. But, if I replace the tree will I ever be able to recoup my investment?! It is a very nice saddle, great quality, but since it doesn't fit my horse I don't really care to invest a fortune into it. (I know this is the risk of buying online--which I've done a lot of without one problem.)
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-10-2011, 01:33 PM
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From what I understand, it isn't cost effective to replace a tree. It is too risky to use on a horse, as a broken/cracked tree can pinch a horse and cause some serious pressure points. Unfortunately, it is pretty worthless now. I would have a serious talk with the seller and Ebay. Get a refund.
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From what I understand, it isn't cost effective to replace a tree. It is too risky to use on a horse, as a broken/cracked tree can pinch a horse and cause some serious pressure points. Unfortunately, it is pretty worthless now. I would have a serious talk with the seller and Ebay. Get a refund.
Thanks, my saddle guy says it would cost at least $350. :( But without him seeing it he can't say for sure. I am going to show it to him at some point. I did email the seller (this wasn't through Ebay) and she sounds quite upset by the situation but didn't say if she was willing to do anything about it. She did ask for photos of the damage and would like to know what my saddle guy said. So we'll see I guess. (Not sure how I'll get a photo of it, it's mostly hidden but I'll try! You can feel it plainly but only see part of the damage when you lift up the fender.)

I would never use a cracked/broken tree on any horse and I've luckily never come across one before. I am glad I investigated that squeak, I was just about to take photos to put the saddle up for sale.
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hi,as a seller on ebay this is defo item not as described contact seller you are protected by paypal .good luck.

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hi,as a seller on ebay this is defo item not as described contact seller you are protected by paypal .good luck.
Thanks! This wasn't through Ebay...but I believe PayPal will still protect buyers privately. I hope I don't have to go that route, I'm emailing the seller right now.

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Yeah, I'd essentially be demanding my money back. Politely of course, but I wouldn't even be considering my other options. You were sold completely defective and now worthless goods. This is absolutely no different then ordering a box set of your favorite TV series and discovering all the discs are scratched to the point of being unusable. The item was misrepresented, regardless of the sellers intentions (whether she was deliberately deceitful or honestly didn't know), and you should be entitled to a full refund.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-10-2011, 02:43 PM
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Yeah, I'd essentially be demanding my money back. Politely of course, but I wouldn't even be considering my other options. You were sold completely defective and now worthless goods. This is absolutely no different then ordering a box set of your favorite TV series and discovering all the discs are scratched to the point of being unusable. The item was misrepresented, regardless of the sellers intentions (whether she was deliberately deceitful or honestly didn't know), and you should be entitled to a full refund.

I hope you get your money refunded. That's def the route I'd take!

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