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post #1 of 30 Old 02-19-2008, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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price of a good saddle

pretty much what the title says, i would be looking for a jumping/allpurpose english saddle. how much is a decent one, used or new? i jump 2 6' so whatever saddle you need for that, but that can also be used on the flat.
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post #2 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 03:00 AM
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Alright, I'll give this my rough estimates:


$50 - Piece of garbage probably made in India.
$350 - Nice older saddle made in England , Germany, or France (Crosby, Stubben, Beval etc) with plain flaps. Padded flaps are very popular nowadays and many people prefer them for jumping. If you have a good strong seat, you'll be fine jumping 2'6" in a plain flap.
$800-1000 - Modern padded flap saddles made in England, France, Germany, and some Argentina (Pessoa) or Australia (Bates).
$1500-2500 - Top of the Line Hermes, Butet, Delgrange, Antares, Luc Childeric, etc etc.

NEW: Basically double all prices listed above.

Of course, you can always find used saddles at all prices between what I have listed. Especially if you go with the not-so-famous brands. For example, while a Crosby Prix des Nations may run around $300, a Crump Prix de Saute may only be about $200. They almost exactly the same saddle, both made in England, it's just Crosby is a more desired brand name. Or, a Harry Dabbs Original A/O may save you a few bucks over a Pessoa A/O (Dabbs designed both saddles and they're almost identical). But remember, if you ever decide to sell your saddle, you wouldn't be able to sell it for as much.

And remember, the best saddle to buy is the one that fits your horse!!
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post #3 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 10:29 AM
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I agree with everything Equina said! Remember, you are making a very important investment when you're buying a saddle and often you get what you pay for. Do NOT get a nasty cheap saddle because it's a good price. If money is an issue buy used!!! I found an incredible deal on an Antares and a Delgrange on Ebay, both of them were hardly broken in. is another place to find deals.
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post #4 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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i had no idea that geography played such a big factor in saddles, it makes sense now you mention it though. i went to a place that sells used saddles (i don't think i would ever buy new) and they had some for 300 (not so nice) and some pretty nice ones in the 600 range, i have no idea what brand it was, i didn't even look, because it would mean absolutly nothing to me :)

so when you buy saddles do you get a trail period to try them out on your horse? what do you do about girths and styrrpus and stuff? do you have to buy those so you can try out a saddle? thanks for all the help!
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post #5 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 02:38 PM
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Equina is right on the money.

I usually pay about $300-$500 for quality English saddles and $400-$900 for a quality Western. I prefer to get the $350 English saddles that Equina described. They're not as great as the $800 ones, but they're comfy and they get the job done and I can afford it.

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post #6 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 04:16 PM
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My neighbor got older dressage saddle (I think German one) in local tack store for something like $200 (it was several years back though). I'm not in any way english (and especially dressage) rider, but I tried it once on her horse and OMG how comfortable it was!
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post #7 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 04:21 PM
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Sometimes you get lucky, if the seller doesn't know what they have, but I think Equina's estimates are pretty common.
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post #8 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 06:01 PM
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I can't help you out much on english, but I just bought a snazy WP Saddle w/ headstall, breastcollar, and girth for $440.......can't wait for it to get here!!
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post #9 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 08:40 PM
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I bought my amazingly comfortable Eventing saddle complete with girth, irons and leathers for $900 Canadian. It was a steal!!

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post #10 of 30 Old 02-20-2008, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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what a deal! i will look around, do any horses "come" with tack? say if someone is selling a riding horse and they arn't going to get another one, will they give you the tack for cheap?
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