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post #1 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Brand new VS Second hand

So I知 getting a horse sometime in the next 6 months. And like any horse lover about to get a horse, or has their own horse, I知 constantly browsing for the best deals on tack, like which tack shop offers the best tack for the best price.

Now my mum really wants me to buy the tack second hand, and I知 ok with that, because I will save money. But is it worth it in the long run, because buying new i think, will make that tack last longer, depending on the condition of the second hand saddle . I also know where the tack came from, what it has been through, they offer a saddle fitting service and they have a warranty. But buying second hand will save me a lot of money that I could use for other horsey gear. But what are your opinions? What would you suggest?

All comments appreciated.

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post #2 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 12:45 AM
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We buy lots of used tack. Very little new. We did buy a custom saddle but we needed it to be custom. Pretty much everything else is second hand or auction new. I like used tack for two reasons. One, it's more cost effective. Two, if it shows wear and use, chances are it worked well and held up.
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I buy used tack and what-not all the time. The only things I like to buy new are head stalls and reins....I'm kinda picky about my reins. There are obvious things that might make you sway to buy new....I am also picky about skin diseases and such, so I always like new girths......will buy the odd used saddle pad, but then again I'm picky about skin I bought a saddle pad I can actually hose off after a ride....yeah I'm picky, but I'm frugal too!

It has to be a real good deal for me to buy anything 'pricey' new, ie. saddles.

But there are lots of good deals to be had if you know where to look
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post #4 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 01:08 AM
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I have recently ridden in a friend's brand new Dover Circuit Saddle. It was squeaky, impossible to change the stirrup length (I had to ride in longer stirrups because they wouldn't budge) and a little dangerous because the girth was tight when I walked out of the stall, and loose by the time I was mounting up. Good thing my instructor noticed or that would've ended badly. I am a weakling, but I was so surprised how much the new leather was hard to stretch or adjust. Now these saddles are decent but I hated the feeling of riding in a new stiff saddle.

I just bought a used Stubben on Ebay. It has the softest leather, only god knows how old it is but it is in beautiful condition, and I can adjust the stirrups and such as I please. I haven't had the chance to ride in it yet, but just feeling it and seeing it, I would never buy new again. It's such a pain to break in a saddle, and for your first horse, you're not sure what you or the horse may want. If I were you, I would buy a nicer, used, well-made and well-known brand. You can find great deals on them all over the place, an as you and your horse change, you will be able to afford different saddles as you learn what you like and you don't like. Just because a saddle works now doesn't mean it will work after you've owned the horse for a year and have kept it/worked it differently.

Basisally, used tack is worth it as long as you know your stuff and know what brands/condition to look for. Good Luck :)
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post #5 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 01:11 AM
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What you should be thinking about is quality, no matter if it is new or used.

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post #6 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 01:19 AM
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I personally think second hand is better. For all of the reasons everyone has already said an about it lasting longer, used tack can actually last longer. When buying used, you can pay a little less for something that someone (with a far higher income lol) has bought. And typically, especially with saddles, more money= better quality. For example: I bought my dressage saddle used for only $150. Its a Passier so I know it is a great saddle, and new I could never afford it (And to be honest I don't ever see myself spending $6500 on a saddle, my saddles retail value.) Yet it has a few dings but the tree is strong and its all nice and soft, supple, and cozy.

And I have bought a new saddle before... they can really be a pain in the butt, literally. And no it wasn't cheap.

And many people, at least around here, will get a new saddle every other show season. They then sell their "old" saddle for half the price, even though they only rode in it a few times! So there's LOTS of saddles etc out there :)

Have fun getting "new" stuff!!! :)

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if you only have , say, 400$ for a saddle, then spend it to get a quality used saddle rather than a new one that sells for that much. In the end, you will waste money if you buy cheap stuff. Cheap stuff won't last long enough for you to resell it. And no-name has no resale value becuase it's no-name.

STick with a quality product that has resale value. A good saddle you can buy, use 4 or 5 years and sell for nearly what you paid for it. Heck , some go up in value!

So, treat yourself to a new bridle, but seek out a second hand saddle with a been there, done that and can do it again type of make to it.
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One other thing to consider is how most products in the world are made today - they aren't built to last. Now, I'm not entirely sure if that extends to tack, but seems to me that it very well could. Saddles that were manufactured say 10 years ago are most likely going to be far better quality even now than something you can pick up new. So long as the used saddle has been looked after, you can't really go wrong. My saddle is used and has the good ol' stirrup rub marks and such, and the girth points are quite well worn. When I first rode in it, it was like sitting on a cushion. It was broken in in all the right places, and the only problem I had was that the stirrup leathers (the Aussie kind, as in THICK leather) hadn't been adjusted in some time, so they have a bit of a kink in them. But considering I got it for $250 when it would have been worth an easy $500 new, which would have been only a few years ago.

I don't know about the rest of gear though as I've never bought anything else horsey second hand, but I don't see why it would be any different. I know a lot of people who buy secondhand rugs and the like for less than half the rice it would take if they were new.
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post #9 of 18 Old 12-20-2012, 01:41 AM
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we buy, sell, trade new and used tack and I have to say most of the used tack we have is MUCH better quality than the new stuff we get. Although the new is "new" it doesnt necessarily last long. I bought a bridle in 2001 second had that was 20 years and to this day I used it almost every single day on horses we are training. It gets used and abused but the leather is not dry or cracked anywere. It never soaks up a ton of oil. It is just a good ol' thick headstall and reins.

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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
So, treat yourself to a new bridle, but seek out a second hand saddle with a been there, done that and can do it again type of make to it.
Just watch your quality of leather. Cheap leather whether new or used is just that, its cheap. I used a brand new headstall on a mare I was training about two years ago and she went into a bucking tizzy and when I pulled her head around, SNAP. The leather on the headstall actually ripped in half. It looked like a decent headstall but in all reality it was just cheap leather made to look good.

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