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    10-18-2009, 11:23 PM
  #11
Green Broke
For $300, you could have gotten a quality used saddle. I just bought an older 1950's saddle for my daughter. It only needed one minor repair on the stirrup leather (under the fender), which cost me $35 to have fixed. I bought the saddle for $160 on eBay, and that included shipping. It's a no-name brand, but back then, no-name brands were still made in the USA out of quality materials.

Today, no-name brands are made in Asia on flimsy and ill-fitting fiberglass trees with nickle plated hardware (that will rust), crooked workmanship, and weak/stiff chemically tanned painted leather that's better off used for coasters or $5 walmart wallets.

I hate to burst your bubble, but you just wasted $300. It "looks" pretty, but it won't last and may very well sore your horse. You also won't be able to sell it for anything once you decide to buy a decent saddle.

I bought my early 1980's Park and Trail saddle by Circle Y for $350. I helped a friend by a Sulphur, OK Billy Cook barrel saddle for her daughter (used but in good shape) for only $325. You can always find a good deal on a quality used saddle if you take your time and are willing to really look.
     
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    10-18-2009, 11:34 PM
  #12
Started
^ well said ... that's why I sujested carigslist or ebay ... just got a Stubben(english saddle) off ebay for $510 and it retails for $1500 ... also I got a Victor a while back off cragslist for $700 and they are some of the best, well made western saddles (in my opinion)
     
    10-18-2009, 11:40 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Ha, I just got my last Stubben, an older Parzival (Parvizal?) with a whole brand new bottom side (new flocking and leather panels & sweat flaps) for $300 and that included shipping . Lol, I LOVE eBay!

I also just got an Avante, a quality Argentine brand that's not made anymore, for $135 and that included shipping! It's a great little saddle in excellent condition (only minor stirrup leather rubs).

ETA: Can you tell I'm a saddle-aholic? Lol But really, I teach lessons so I have to have a bunch of saddles for different sized riders. My next purchase will be an English Leadline saddle, then I should be done, for a bit .
     
    10-18-2009, 11:52 PM
  #14
Started
Some deals are too good to pass up ... I have two saddles for each horse and luckily where I teach I use my boss' horses and tack :)
     
    10-18-2009, 11:57 PM
  #15
Green Broke
You're lucky to have some to choose from. This is my own operation, brand new, so I'm slowly adding to the collection. Right now I'm up to 3 English (2 stubbens and the avante), 3 western (plus 1 borrowed western, no-name, big horn, herford, circle y), and a McClellan (GREAT pony ride saddle!) that I use for the school. I have three of my own personal saddles, though one is a "back-up" only saddle (OLD Abetta that just isn't worth selling and I might need it one day!). My DH and daughter's saddles have been absorbed in to the school's rotation. They're not exactly thrilled, lol.

All of my saddles (except the Abttea) were purchased used for a good price. All were under $400, except my own Bob Marshall treeless saddle, which I paid $1,000 for, used. It's my baby .
     
    10-19-2009, 12:06 AM
  #16
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Yep I am very blessed to work for someone who has it all but still able to run my own program- just don't get to keep all the lessons money but hey it's worth it for me ...

You can find great saddles used, I almost will never buy a saddle brand new unless I can't live without it b/c used ones someones are better and cheaper!
     

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