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        11-18-2008, 03:13 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Yeah, I -used- to have a collegiate then got Diesel and sold it. I'm kind of regretting that now but you could show me a picture of a starter saddle and the best saddle in the world and I would be hard pressed to tell the differance. Like I said, I am taking it on a trial run, so it's not too big of a deal and I don't want anything fancy just yet. Im thinking about getting a Wintec (though I hear bad stuff but theyre SO comfy) or something nicer in awhile, but for now I just need something to ride in. The colour is just weird to me.

    How much does professional dying usually cost do you know?

    All the saddles in the links -look- good to me.
    Saddle shopping online on a budget is really difficult....

    Does anyone know of any affordable saddles?
         
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        11-18-2008, 03:45 PM
      #12
    Showing
    I know it's funny, but I liked the color actually. Well, I don't show though...
         
        11-18-2008, 06:17 PM
      #13
    Showing
    The only problem with getting a cheap saddle is that it isn't quality, and may have different pressure points than a well-made saddle, thus causing your horse pain.

    ETA - you might want to consider saving up your money for a little while (literally) and buying a nice used saddle - you CAN find good quality used saddles for a good price.
         
        11-18-2008, 06:26 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Wintecs are fine, even the old ones without the changeable gullets. Thorowgood is also a good synthetic saddle.

    To buy a quality used leather saddle, you'll need $250-500 for one that's usable and safe. You can find a lot of older Courbettes, Crosby, Collegiate, and Stubbens for good prices. Unknown or no longer made English brands can be good too, like Blue Ribbon, Whippy, Conventry, Aurthur Kottas, etc.

    Here's a nice Conventry that's about to end. Free shipping and it's at $167 bid, with 18 hours to go. Coventry english saddle made in England - eBay (item 160298334217 end time Nov-19-08 09:59:27 PST)

    Nice older Crump. The plain flap is just out of style for the show ring, so you'll see these go CHEAP!
    Crest close contact saddle by BT Crump made in England - eBay (item 230307843904 end time Nov-22-08 07:17:28 PST)

    Avente's are decent Argentine made saddles. This one has a BIN for $100 and just needs a good cleaning!
    Avante 16.5 inch English Saddle - eBay (item 220312797544 end time Nov-22-08 07:32:02 PST)
         
        11-18-2008, 11:11 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I believe that color is called "London" and hasn't been popular in a very very long time! I didn't know that Collegiates made anything in a London color... I didn't think it looked like a cheap package deal but that's just my opinion.


    I'm selling a cheap used Stubben, Crosby, BT Crump, and Pontillo saddle. I'll post a pic of each with prices tonight, but I'd like to get rid of them asap so I'm planning on ebaying all of them tomorrow or the next day if I don't hear from you! Let me know if you're interested!
         
        11-18-2008, 11:13 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I take it back, on second glance it doesn't look like a quality saddle!
         
        11-18-2008, 11:32 PM
      #17
    Trained
    Upnover, I sent you a PM.

    Looking at the picture, can anyone tell me how you can see if it is a quality saddle or not based on just the picture?
         
        11-18-2008, 11:40 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Quote:

    The stirrup leathers look thin and flimsy. Those irons look like the cheap give-away irons that come in many packages. And it just has that "Asian made saddle package" look... It's hard to explain, but when you've have a lot of saddles come and go and you've shopped around a TON, you just get to know quality vs. cr@p from a photo. It's hard to tell for sure, but you can get a good idea based on the saddle design, color(s), and accessories.
         
        11-18-2008, 11:46 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Darn. I need to learn to come to you guy -first-.
    I can tell Western saddles fine. Im just totally dumbfounded when shopping for english tack
         
        11-19-2008, 01:29 AM
      #20
    Foal
    County used to make that color but they are really expensive saddles, even this old color in the County is selling for $1500. Maybe you will get lucky and she doesn't know what she really has. One thing I would make sure is that it is not foam padded in the panels, if it is an older saddle then the foam is no good anymore. Look for a wool flocked saddle that way you can get it reflocked if it doesn't fit your horse just right.
         

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