OMG WICKED GOOD NEWS....a saddle fits!!!! (lots of pics)

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    06-15-2008, 06:11 PM
OMG WICKED GOOD NEWS....a saddle fits!!!! (lots of pics)

Sorry I'm overly excited!!!

I tried on the BO's daughter's show saddle and........IT FIT SONNY!
Not only did it appear to fit him, but he responded soooo great to it. I'd ask for a canter, and then ask for him to stop (we are working on him stopping quickly because one time I was on a trail with him...the second to last time....and there was a huuuuuuuuge hole in the middle of the trail...and he wouldn't stop so I had to turn a circle quickly...he wouldn't stop) and he stopped 2-3 feet after I asked him.....which is great cause usually he stops after 10 feet!!!
He listened to my cues better, he'd trot, and canter with little motion on my feet (one squeeze means for him to leg...the one on the wall...goes back and then he is to canter) and I asked my friend to see how quiet my cues were and she said she couldn't tell at all that I was cueing him!!

But there is bad news also to the story, a new one of that would sell for $2600 (that's what the BO paid for it) so I'd offer $1000 cause it is about 4-5 years old, and there are some rubbing from the leather, but I think that was mainly because the BOs daughter at the time was younger and still learning (meaning when she was cantering her legs would move). But the BOs Daughter hasn't ridden in that saddle for at least 1-2 years (if not more) and all it does is sit in the tack room and collect dust.

Hopefully in maybe a month or two I'd have enough if she'll sell it

Do you think that...once I get enough...that $1000 would be reasonible to offer? If not, what?

And sweat marks

Is the line down the spine supposed to by dry? My BO said it was supposed to and I thought so also, but just wanted to check and make sure.[/b]
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    06-15-2008, 06:21 PM
Yes, you need air down the withers. :)

1000 Is way too much. It is a nice saddle, but here are the things against it:

It's dark oil. Dark oil is waaay out of style--if she tried to trade it in or sell it anywhere else, she would have a horrible time of it.

It certainly doesn't look worth 2600. Not saying it looks cheap, but I can get a brand new billy cook for 2600, and Circle Y's are not billy cooks, lol!

It's used.

I would offer 750 (I plaid 750 for a used dark oil, gorgeous Blue ribbon show saddle, full tooling... man, I miss it! Lol), if not less. It is a nice saddle, but it is not worth more then 500, although I think if you offered that you would insult your BO. If you really like it, get the number off of the saddle, and find it online for much cheaper. Also, don't get me wrong, it is a nice saddle that will last for years and years--it's just that dark oil is out and doesn't look like it's going to be coming back in, so the price of them is muuuuch cheaper then a light oil saddle.
    06-15-2008, 06:45 PM
I think it's an older model because I looked on the Circle Y website and couldn't find one that looked close.
At the moment I don't have enough, but I was thinking that if the Bo would allow it, I'd give her $500 for it now, and then $500 later when I have money kinda like paying interest.
All the saddles on Circle Y were 1.5k and up and the highest was 10k (which was a John Wayne rememberance saddle hehehe)
    06-15-2008, 06:45 PM
*cheers* YAY! I'm soo glad you found a saddle that fit Sonny, LOL it's a miracle. The dry wither area is fine. ;) That's a good thing!

Also, it does not look like it's worth how much she's asking for it. I'd lower the price to MAYBE $800? $750 isn't too bad, either. ;) It's not in the best condition.
But save up the best you can- I'm really happy that you finally found a saddle that fits him.
    06-15-2008, 07:33 PM
She's not particually asking $1000 for it....she is um...doesn't know she wants to sell it hehe lol
I'll talk to the BO since I think that she may be able to give me a better deal on the saddle, but I don't know. I know it's not in the best of condition, and it doesn't even fit the daughters horse. She got it for an old horse, that was killed (so I don't know if she'll sell it due to sentamental reasons) but the BO technically owns it because she paid for it and all it was doing for the past 1-3 years was collect dust in the tack room.

What is everything that you notice that would reduce the price (don't say color because the BO won't take that as a reason to accept less hehe)
Here is what I see:
Swayed seat is worn
Silver "Circle Y" horn topper is loose (it just moves around...won't fall out)
Needs a good polish (for the silver) and good cleaning for the leather
The wool on the bottom is kinda worn

I am sending an e-mail to the BO's daughter simply asking her permisison to use the saddle for lessons and just for riding...and I also included "if you ever plan on selling the saddle let me know" maybe she'll be willing to sell it hehe
So....cross your fingers hehe
    06-15-2008, 07:36 PM
I think you covered pretty much all the flaws! *Crosses fingers* hope it works out!!
    06-15-2008, 07:45 PM
The only reason I mention color is that if she tried to sell it anywhere else... she would have a very, very hard time.

Also, there is not a lot of leather, or silver, on this saddle. Current Circle Y saddles have much more leather, and much more silver... and therefore, much more expensive. This one looks outdated.
But, then again, sometimes the oldest saddles ride the best, so there's nothing wrong that way. Just that if you want to spend 1000... it's too much, regardless if that is what she wants for it.
Also, don't look for it new, look for it used! On ebay, or google.
    06-15-2008, 07:54 PM
I looked on google and they had something "close" to it, but not 100% like it
Here it is:

Here are others that are "almost" like it
^^more silver though

OOOH I think this is the same one:

I'll wait to see waht the daughter says in the e-mail...if it has any sentamental value to her I don't want to buy it (her horse that she used that saddle for was poisoned by some random lady :()
If that is the same saddle (let me know what you think) then I'll probably show her that (it looks like it's in better condiiton also) and offer maybe $400 for the saddle
    06-15-2008, 07:56 PM
As for color, I LOOOOVE the dark oil so I personally would be okay paying more for it even if the color is "out"
It looks good on Sonny, it's really comfortable....AND it fits Sonny and that is the main thing. I don't care if the saddle was pink hehe
    06-15-2008, 08:32 PM
Well, fitting the horse is definitely the most important. And I do know a lot of trainers that like dark leather better. :P

The last one you posted is the same saddle, only in black. If anything I would go for that one, if the BO doesn't sell you this one.

I'd just hate to see anyone throw a bunch of money away. Just remember there are options, instead of paying 1000 for one that someone doesn't really want to give away.

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