Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
Here's a rough check-list:
1: Is the tree sound. If no - move on
2: Will it fit your horse. If no - move on
3: Are the billets all good? The ones pictured look good. If no, are you willing to pay $100 to have them replaced? If no - move on
4: Is the flocking in the panels pretty smooth and soft enough to provide cushioning for your horse's bacK? If not, are you willing to pay $250-$300 to have it reflocked (more if it's foam instead of wool)? If no - move on
5: Are you comfortable jumping without padded knee-rolls or knee-blocks or calf-blocks? This is purely personal preference. It also has to do with skill-level and how high you'll be jumping.
6: Can you sit in it before buying? Remember it's not just seat size. You need to make sure your leg fits on the flap, too. Make sure it feels balanced and comfy.
7: What's the price? Bevals are usually pretty valuable, and this one looks like it's in nice shape. Give us a price and we can try to give an opinion on whether it would be a good buy.
Bevals are nice. If it fits you and the horse, and is in good condition, and is the style you like, then it would be a lovely saddle. The flap size and shape makes me think that it leans more towards an A/P saddle than a jumping. If you're not jumping too high, a lot of people do jump successfully and happily in their A/P saddles. I personally prefer to jump with at least a little something in front of my knee for security when I have an oops, though.
Also be sure to get pictures of the billets on the near-side. Usually the nearside billets are more worn that the offside billets. It's a common trick in ads to picture only the offside billets, as is done here, to make them look better than they are.
Last edited by freia; 11-16-2012 at 06:56 PM.