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post #1 of 8 Old 01-14-2012, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Can you help us value this saddle?

DD just bought herself a brand new saddle (so proud of her, did it all herself with working and saving), and has decided to sell her old one rather than keeping it as a spare. The problem is, I am not well enough versed in english tack to know what a fair market value of the saddle is - enter the wonderful HF folk
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Collegiate - I *believe* close contact, med tree - 16 1/2". It was purchased used, has been with us for three years (stored indoors - cleaned after every use - looks much better today than when we got it). Stuebben girth - 48". Stirrup leathers were replaced one year ago. Would be sold as a complete setup - saddle, girth, irons, etc.

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-15-2012, 05:54 PM
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This is a lovely looking saddle. You know even by looking at pictures that its a good quailty leather, and is in excellent condition. I have a berney brothers close contact saddle saddle, would be one of the best type you could get in this part of the world, it was second hand and i paid 750, around 1500 new thats not including a grith and striup leathers. If your including a stubben girth and leathers etc I think you could get at least 3/4 what you paid for it & accessories. It dosent really matter if its second hand if its in excellent condition. Some people prefer this, because they dont like getting a brand new saddle thats as hard as a rock and they have to spend months getting soft. I would total up what everything cost and try it around the 3/4 mark. Maybe try websites that sell tack, ebay etc and youll get a good idea of what others are getting
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I would suggest you look on ebay for com parables. You can look at "completed listings" which is the most accurate way to know current market, IMO. Something is only worth what someone will pay for it. Yu can also see whether it is best to sell with or without fittings, etc.

I would also note that I personally do not think it is in great shape at all! The leather on the seat is stained and cracked. Not good.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-15-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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TY - our good friends/neighbors just asked today what we wanted for it (their daughter rides with my daughter and wants to try English) so I want to be sure we are balancing being fair with not getting ourselves a bad shake, ya know?
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-15-2012, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by franknbeans View Post
I would also note that I personally do not think it is in great shape at all! The leather on the seat is stained and cracked. Not good.
Just spotted that photo, I must have just glanced at it
I do see the lines, but in general I think the saddle looks fine overall, theres no big rips or tears and under the saddle is perfect, theres no damage to the tree.
I came of my horse once and the spur dug right into the pomal of the saddle and left a huge dent. nearly cyed myself to sleep that night! But I cleaned and oiled it nearly everyday for about a month , with that and riding the leather evened out again. So maybe if the saddle owner looks up some good saddle cleaners this could help clear the lines. Most saddlers have there own brand for their leather. Maybe something that could even out the colour could help..
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-18-2012, 11:35 AM
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Just cause its used. I'd give the set about $400 usd. With everything included. $300 just for the saddle.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-18-2012, 01:53 PM
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Wow that is a really nice saddle :) I would say about 260$ or so;)

Hope this helped!
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-18-2012, 01:58 PM
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Take any reasonable offer. Once you've decided to sell tack it's better to clear the space for something else. Take this from a reformed hoarder...UM, I MEAN...clutterer!!!
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