Brand? Price? Aaahhhhh! Help with a saddle, please?

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        04-18-2014, 10:43 PM
    Brand? Price? Aaahhhhh! Help with a saddle, please?

    So I bought this saddle today that I found at a yard sale a few weeks ago and the lady was nice enough to hold it for me until I got paid. When I first saw it, I didn't look too closely at it (I know, I know, stupid me) other than to see that it looked in good shape, was the right size for me and appeared to be the right size for Aires, and was extremely lightweight.

    Well, I went and picked it up today and I just have to say that I'm more than slightly disappointed. Turns out that it's synthetic (but not nylon) and has a suede seat. The thing is so light that it weighs less than my Stubben Siegfried. Someone replaced the latigo on the near side with what looks like a leather flank strap for a back cinch, while the off-billet is cheap nylon. It fits Aires ok, but it pops up 1.5-2" in the back, even when not cinched (you'll see what I mean in the pics). I didn't even bother trying to ride in it.

    So I took a few pics when I got home. I'm hoping someone can give me an idea of the brand and/or value of this saddle. I paid $150 for it, as is, and the lady included a decent enough fleece and wool pad with it (wool inside am fleece-lined). It's in pretty good shape, there's a couple of deeper scuffs by one of the holes for one of the back cinches, and the suede seat is a little stained, but the tree is sound. I texted the lady and asked her if she would take it back since it doesn't fit Aires (not really with the back popping up), but she hasn't answered me yet.

    And then I found this one on Craigslist. It looks like it might be wide enough for the beast. I'm going to look at it tomorrow afternoon. Does $150 seem like a decent price for it, based on the pics? It's just so hard to find a 17" seat around here.
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        04-19-2014, 02:56 AM
    I'd have to say that if you can get your money back do so and run away! I wouldn't pay 75.00 for it much less 150.00. It looks like it was made in India. If I knew what your budget is for a saddle I just may be able to help you saddle shop! I know where their is a nicely broke in Corriente 17" seat with Full QH bars that may fit your boy! Let me know if your interested?
    Your link doesn't work but if its the saddle that I'm thinking of they called it a half bar? I would pass its barely a quarter horse tree. It came into the shop about a year ago and I stitched the horn back together. I wasn't impressed with it at all. I would only offer 100.00 for it as it wont last more than a couple of years.
        04-19-2014, 03:01 AM
    The one on Craigslist looks like a roping saddle and has roses tooled on it (it's a medium oil). I texted the guy and he said it's pretty much brand new.
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        04-19-2014, 03:24 AM
    Was the title for the add Half Bar saddle?
        04-19-2014, 07:56 AM

    I hate to say it, but the 1st Saddle is from India, the reason it weighs so little is they use hollow fiberglass trees over there.

    The 2nd Saddle could be from India also, it has some signs, but pic not that great, I would pass on it, if it was a good saddle they would not want 150.00 for a roping saddle

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        04-19-2014, 10:34 AM
    The second is not a roper, just roper look. I think the seller means semi bars. I've seen these saddles sold under various names but come from the same place. They are notorious for pinching. The lightweight may be a Saddle King. The name doesn't matter but what matters is if it pops up in the back, it's either too wide at the front or the bars are too narrow for the horse's ribcage. Can you post a pic of your horse's back, making sure it is standing squarely? Drafty, when you advertise the saddle, add another $25 to $50 to the price so someone can deal you down. Reason for selling - doesn't fit your horse.
        04-19-2014, 07:57 PM
    I can't get the second saddle anyway. The lady can't take back the first saddle (already spent the money on vet bills for a colicking horse). I have the first saddle listed on Craigslist stating that I'm selling it because it doesn't fit my horse. Hopefully it sells.

    Saddlebag, if definitely wasn't too wide for him. It may have been a touch tight through just behind the front of the bars, but I could slide my hand under it all the way back with minimal resistance except in that one spot. The pommel sat a good three fingers above his withers.

    Jayknee, that was the title on the ad. Like I said, though, it's a moot point now.

    I just want something that will be nice enough for local schooling shows (doesn't matter the style) and that won't break my tight budget. If I could get my Stubben sold, I'd be able to afford more.
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        04-20-2014, 01:50 AM
    If I was the seller, I'd have heaved a sigh of relief that someone bought it for 150$. Now, you have the chore of being rid of it, and hopefully, you'll get your money back, but you wont' get the hassle and time back. Sorry you learned the hard way. Ask me how I know (actually , don't ask. I don't want to talk about it)
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        04-20-2014, 11:19 AM
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    If I was the seller, I'd have heaved a sigh of relief that someone bought it for 150$. Now, you have the chore of being rid of it, and hopefully, you'll get your money back, but you wont' get the hassle and time back. Sorry you learned the hard way. Ask me how I know (actually , don't ask. I don't want to talk about it)
    I really should have known better. I tried enough saddles on my old gelding to get a pretty decent idea of fit and quality. I think I was just so excited to find a saddle with a 17" seat and FQHB for what seemed like a decent price that I chose to overlook the red flags.

    I'm going to take the saddle to a local tack consignment shop tomorrow and have her display it for me. At this point, I just want it gone.
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        04-20-2014, 12:09 PM
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    he said it's pretty much brand new.
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    He's a liar. That saddle has been rode hard and put up wet a BUNCH of times and has had some pretty rough stitching done for repairs back on the cantel. Since your boy is a draft, I wouldn't be looking at semi bars at all. He might get lucky and fit FQHB but even those might be tight.

    I'd save my pennies for a little while and go find a good new or barely used quality name brand saddle when I had saved enough. You can get a good used saddle for a decent price if you're patient.

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