I recently bought a Collegiate Convertible Diploma close contact saddle, and for about a month or two now I've been wanting putting a name plate on it...said plate has been bought, but neither my parents or myself have had the courage to put it on! Saddles are an expensive deal, and none of us wants to be responsible for breaking it/hurting it. LOL.
So if anyone has experience with name plates - on this saddle, or any others (I think Bates Caprillis are built on the same trees as Diplomas) - please help!
I'll look into that and give that a try! I come from a reeeeally tiny little place (the population of the whole province is around 130,000 people), so shops like that are hard to come by. :/ I'll keep my eye out though!
I was just about to start a thread similar to this. Good thing I saw this one. I was wondering who uses name plates. Whether it be on bridles, saddles, or halters. If so do you like how they look? I just got a "new to me" pessoa that used to have a name plate on it, and the spot where the name plate used to be looks dingy. I wanted to get a name plate to put over it, but wasnt sure what everyone thought of them as none of my BOs daughters have them nor the girl I am leasing from.
Personally, I adore how they look! I've seen them on other people's saddles and I've always gotten envious of them because I wanted my own, and now that I finally own a horsie and a saddle I can! Lol :P I'd say totally go for it. Worth it! Also really useful to guard against thievery, if you show a lot + live in a really populated busy area.
I love the look as well. Plus, its a good way to keep everything labeled and in ownership. No more "borrowing", if your around a lot of other people.
I have plates on both my jumping saddles, all my leather halters, and I have the round tags on my bridles, but I've been wanting to get a real plate that screws in as of late. I just have this thing about having holes in my bridle.... But I really do love the look. My trainer uses them on her martingales and show girths as well.
I used to have the same saddle and I had a plate on mine. It is a little intimidating putting a plate on especially if you decide to sell the saddle, but I think nameplates are a really good idea. I just sold said saddle with the nameplate still on it and it didnt have any effect on the the value of it. I figure someone else will take it off and put one with their name on it. I am going to get one for my new saddle...I just havent gotten to it yet.
CounterCanter: Do you mean that you used to have a Diploma, too? If you do that's really comforting to hear that it works out okay :) I think if ever I plan to sell that saddle - which won't be soon, since I'm not even thinking of selling it or my pony anytime soon! - I'll buy an extra blank tag and just sell it with the saddle.