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post #1 of 14 Old 12-03-2012, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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Dressage Saddle opinions

I know there are a million threads on this but I have been looking for a saddle for a LONG time. I think it has been almost a year now, mostly due to my tight budget and Wintecs just don't work for me.

Finally found a promising used saddle and would love your opinions on if its a good deal. I know that it will fit my horse and I no problem. I just want to make sure that this deal isn't too good to be true.

The Albion brand is ideal for both my horse and I being petite. The mare I ride (and hopefully will eventually own) is a 15.2 saddlebred and I am 5'2 on a good day and 110lbs soaking wet...This saddle is a medium tree size 17. Perfect!

I hope to get some more pictures of it soon (waiting on an e-mail back). Thanks for your opinions.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-03-2012, 05:38 PM
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Post pics of the underside, both billet-sets, and straight from the front, so we can see if the tree is straight.
And maybe make them a little bigger than your first pic?
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Here is my attempt at getting those 3 pictures bigger. I am waiting for picture of the billets (they did say that one of them was recently replaced but otherwise no flaws on the saddle).

albion3.jpg photo by zandstlc | Photobucket

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These are what I have so far.
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From the back the saddle's been on a uneven horse or ridden by an uneven rider.

Apart from that it's a bit worn but looks fine. And Albions tend to last forever
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post #5 of 14 Old 12-04-2012, 06:50 AM
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Albion is a nice brand. As already said get the good pics of the bottom and under flaps!

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I was looking at the possible crookedness and it looks like the platform it's on is also crooked, so that seems to me why it looks crooked. See if you can take a level picture.

I think Albion is a great saddle. I think once you get into a certain price range, most of the dressage saddles are good, and you just need to find one that you can sit correct in without fighting the saddle . One that's easy to sit correctly in.
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I was looking at the possible crookedness and it looks like the platform it's on is also crooked, so that seems to me why it looks crooked. See if you can take a level picture.

I think Albion is a great saddle. I think once you get into a certain price range, most of the dressage saddles are good, and you just need to find one that you can sit correct in without fighting the saddle . One that's easy to sit correctly in.
I agree princess. I am still waiting on an e-mail with better pictures and the anxiety of the lady selling the saddle before I get the chance to analyze it more is killing me. I just don't want another good deal to slip from my fingers.

Also I forgot to say that this saddle is up for 675USD. Which I think is an amazing price if the billets and tree are up to snuff. If all I have to do is reflock I will take the bill if this saddle will hold up for years to come.
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I know of a Klimke Miller for sale for less than that, if you're interested.
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Here are the rest of the pictures. I wish the billets ones weren't so blurry. I am now concerned about this saddle after seeing some more pictures. :/

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post #10 of 14 Old 12-05-2012, 03:18 PM
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I'd definitely pass on that one...

Look into Ainsley saddles. I LOVED mine. And they aren't super expensive. I sold mine that was like new for $750.
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