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        02-20-2008, 10:05 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I bought my Beval new for $500 (all saddles were on sale for $100 off). It took a bit to get it broken in but its pretty comfprtable. I'm on a medium pony so I also am jumping 2'6" and do hack classes. So if your looking for a new saddle that is good you should try it out. It is the 'Princeton' Beval (i think)
         
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        02-20-2008, 10:08 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Some horses come with tack, some don't. It is completely up to the owner. I sold my custom saddle along with my mare when I sold her, but the person bought the saddle for its price on top of what I was already asking for Dancer.
    Some people might be selling their horses to get out of it, and include everything down to the brushes with the horse... but those are rare!
    I would recommend looking at your local tack shops for saddles they have there on consignment - that's where I found my dream saddle!
         
        02-20-2008, 10:10 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Some horses do come with their tack. Most of the horses I've got come with their pads, saddles and bridles. I got my gelding, the horse in my dp, for $900 with a saddle and bit. My horse Chica came with all her tack for $1300, including a near new saddle (now my fav saddle of all time) I went to the saddle maker's site and the saddles go from $950-$1200, so I'd say I got a pretty good deal.
         
        02-21-2008, 02:20 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by otis07
    ...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...

    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?
    I guess you could say geography plays a role in a saddle's quality! But it's more so the tanning methods used on the leather and the level of craftsmanship. For example:

    Nicest: A Nelson Pessoa saddle will be Made in England with either English or French Leather.
    Okay: A Rodrigo (Nelson's son) Pessoa saddle will be Made in Argentina with French Leather.
    Bad News: A Low Budget Saddle will be Made in Argentina with Argentine Leather.
    I'd Rather Ride Bareback: Anything made in or with leather from India.

    So, take a look at the specifics of the "pretty nice ones" you saw at the tack shop to see where they're made. A saddle made with low quality leather will become discolored and will probably always be stiff. A saddle made with low quality craftsmanship may fall apart (Rodrigo Pessoa saddles have a reputation for getting split seams along the pommel area even though they are made with nice French leather). Another thing to research is the tree, what's it made of? Fiberglass is bad news.

    As for saddle trials: Most tack shops will allow trials. Most eBayers won't. But it can't hurt to ask (you may pay a load in shipping fees though). You most likely would need your own irons, leathers, pad, and girth for the trial...unless a used saddle has them included. Many tack shops don't allow stirrup leathers to be used on trial saddles (they'll scuff up the flaps). Or, they request that you cover the leathers with tube socks. On a used saddle, it's probably not as big of a deal.
         
        02-21-2008, 05:30 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Oy veah, I have a lot to learn :)
    While most of the saddles (all but two or three) were used most didn't seem to be discolored, you could tell they were used though. When I go back there I will ask more questions. I really don't think I should get one online, I would be too scared it wouldn't fit the horse, just like I would never order jeans online. Is it possible to get tack without a horse? I didn't think so, but then my friend who rides has all her own tack, is that just if you lease a horse for a really long time? And is leasing sort of a last resort thing before someone sells a horse? Sorry for all the questions and thanks for all the info. :)
         
        02-22-2008, 06:36 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by otis07
    is it possible to get tack without a horse?
    Yes, but just know it won't fit EVERY horse you ride. And maybe one day when you get your first horse, it might not fit him! A lot of barns I've taken lessons at allow you to use your own saddle, but you have to use the horse's specific bridle/bit (obviously). It was really nice because then I didn't have to futz with adjusting my stirrup length for each ride (or ride in some crappy lesson saddle).

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by otis07
    and is leasing sort of a last resort thing before someone sells a horse?
    Not necessarily. There are a lot of reasons why people lease out their horses. Many times people offer half or partial leases just because they don't have time to work with their horse every day, and could benefit from splitting board costs with another rider in exchange for riding time. Sometimes a child moves away to college and the parents will lease the horse until s/he graduates. Sometimes people have kids and can't ride for a couple years. Sometimes people just don't want to sell their "baby" but don't have the time for her either. Usually if someone wants to sell their horse, they'll just sell it...not deal with the hassle of leasing first.
         
        02-22-2008, 02:41 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Well, that makes sence. As far as convincing my parents, I would like to get everything possible before I get the horse, so I can say that I have it all and all we need is the horse (and a few other things :O).

    When people lease their horses, are they riding them at all, or doing anything else? Who grooms them and makes sure they are healthy? There was this one horse that I used to ride in lessons that someone was leasing but didn't have enough time for. He was always groomed and lookin very pretty, but I asked my trainer and she said the person was almost never there.
         
        02-23-2008, 12:53 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by otis07
    when people lease their horses, are they riding them at all, or doing anything else? Who grooms them and makes sure they are healthy?
    It really depends on the lease situation. You can set it up however you and the horse owner want. It could be

    -Horse owner not involved at all. Leasee is even allowed to board the horse elsewhere. Leasee would be responsible for all care, vet, farrer, etc.

    -50/50 - Horse owner rides, grooms, etc 3-4 Days per week. Leasee rides, grooms, etc 3-4 Days per week. They'll either split vet & farrier 50/50 or owner will pay (determined in lease contract). Board is usually 50/50.

    -Lesson Horse-type lease - Horse owner doesn't have time, so they allow lessons to be taught on their horse (sometimes with hopes that a rider will fall in love and want to lease the horse too). The Barn will help cover costs of care in exchange for use as a lesson horse.

    -And everything in between!

    The horse you rode in lessons was probably used in other lessons as well, so he was groomed whenever he was ridden by others too!
         
        02-23-2008, 01:24 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Thanks for answering all my beginner questions :)
    The horse I rode for lessons that was privatly owned, I asked my instructor and no other lesson student person rode him. Who the heck knows, just glad I got to ride him! Thanks again!
         
        02-23-2008, 01:29 AM
      #20
    Foal
    Re: price of a good saddle

    I jump around that same hight and I use a Cambridge all purpose/jumping saddle I got off eBay for dirt cheap Cambridge is a very good brand.
         

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