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  • Baton rouge wintec saddle

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    05-03-2008, 04:28 PM
Dont buy a saddle off ebay!
That's what my instructor told me because you don't know what you are buying (the tree could be broken) and the leather quality is usually bad.
Personally I would buy a second hand leather saddle, because (i think) they look much nicer if you are considering showing. Go to a local tack shop or saddlery/saddler and ask for a 2nd hand saddle. If you arent sure how to fit it, get someone to do it for you, it is worth the money! I got a gorgeously comfy saddle for about 300 pounds (i can't remember) but its a brilliant saddle and has lasted well, it is an FB saddle but I can't remember what that stands for lol
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    05-03-2008, 09:10 PM
To be honest, the only way to get a nice leather saddle is to buy used, from a tack shop with trial opportunity. Or buy a new synthetic saddle. Wintec and thoroughgood are pretty good brands, both seem to fit well and last long, from my experience.

When its your first saddle and you are on a tight budget you don't need to get an amazing saddle, I bought a wintec when I was ten with my own money and this year I finally had enough savings to buy a brand new stubben.

You can always upgrade in the future.
    05-03-2008, 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by amightytarzan5
What is the length for each tree size? Like, for example, a wide tree would be 8 inches, a reg. Tree would be 6 (these are just examples, I have no clue!)
each brand will have a different size for a wide, regular, etc.
I've found wide trees that are too small for Sonny..yet other ones that are too big
    05-03-2008, 10:39 PM
I don't have an English tack shop anywhere near me. I live in a small town just north of Baton Rouge, LA and the only tack stores are western. I don't know what I'm going to do!
    05-04-2008, 02:26 AM
I've had a lot of good experiences buying saddles off eBay. Just be sure to ask the seller questions before you place your bid.

Tree: Any seller should guarantee that the tree is sound. Ask them to. If they won't guarantee it, then don't bid on it. When you receive the saddle, check it (or have your local saddler/tack shop check it), if it is found broken, then the seller should accept it for a return including all shipping charges (get them to agree to this in their guarantee before you bid).

Leather Condition: Ask them specifically if the leather is stiff or dry-rotted. If they say something like, "it could use a little more breaking in," then it's probably stiff from sitting around for a while. If the saddle is used, it's probably already broken in and the leather should not be stiff. Better yet, ask them for a photo with the flap rolled up.

Also ask if it has any loose or broken stitches. If it has safety stirrup bars, ask if they bend freely, but also stay firmly in place. Ask to see a photo of the seat (top-down) to check for any seam separation or excessive wear along the twist where the seat meets the skirts.
    05-04-2008, 10:21 AM
Equina gave great advice about buying from ebay. Another think to ask for is measurements and pictures of the measurements, ask for a seat size, gullet width and compare that with the measurement you took of your horse.
    05-05-2008, 07:43 PM
Thanks Equina!

One question: Is this a good saddle?

I've heard good and bad things about Kincade. I just want your opinions. Thanks guys!
    05-06-2008, 06:37 AM
I wouldn't buy it since its lower end leather. I think you would get a better saddle for your money if you bought a new synthetic like the wintecs or thoroughgoods. They'd probably last much longer too. :)
    05-06-2008, 04:11 PM
Yeah, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. When I get around to seriously looking for a saddle, I'll put the ones I like on here. I've been looking on eBay, but bidding goes so fast that all the saddles I've seen are gone. I'll post another bulliten when that time comes around!

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