Originally Posted by Kayella
That's really odd. Even if it looks bad on their horse?
Depends I guess. I show quarter horses at the local level, and almost nobody uses dark oil here. Even among light oils, there is a difference in colors, some are very light, almost white blond in color, and some are a deep golden color, some have a reddish tent to them, some are light brown. All different sorts of colors, but they are all light colored.
My answer to how much would be that I wouldn't buy it all, because it's a very fancy saddle, but I would rather not use it at a show... if that makes sense. I'd probably pay about as much for it as I would to find a work saddle from the same maker in good used condition. And why have such a nice work saddle? I'd be paranoid that I would mess it up, when that's the point of having a work saddle and a show saddle... once to keep nice and protected, and the other to really "live" in.