Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I had to look where you were located because my local tack shop has the exact same saddle (with a breast collar) used but never on a horse. The owner is asking 1,000 but the shop told me his was willing to go down to the low 800's. I was thinking of buying it for a backup saddle and was going to offer 750 with a maximum of 800. There is no damage to this saddle at all.
As for the way it fits your horse, the ruffled hair on his back could be from the pad not being placed properly, or the saddle being too wide and shifting in the back. It is hard to say without pictures. It could also be the pad you are using. Boomer would have that condition if I used one type of pad but not if I used the 5 Star all wool, 1" pad.
If your saddle is slipping that much I would suspect the saddle may be too wide for him.
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