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    09-14-2012, 03:25 PM
Is this saddle junk?

I'm looking for a decent used English saddle on a budget, and came across this.

What are your honest thoughts?

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    09-14-2012, 03:27 PM
I'd be very leery of any saddle that can't be identified by brand.
    09-14-2012, 03:35 PM
I could inquire about the brand...
    09-14-2012, 03:36 PM
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I don't think it's junk. It isn't a super high quality, but it doesnt' look like one of the utter hunks of junk from India. I think it's pretty decent for that price.
    09-14-2012, 03:39 PM
Off brand saddles can be durable if made correctly. The only thing that concerns me about this saddle is the high price on such a used piece of tack. I certainly wouldn't pay that much for a saddle that looks like this. It does, essentially, look like "junk". But sometimes pics bring out the worst and if you're serious about wanting to buy it, I would definitely go look at it first to make sure it is worth every ounce of $250 that they want for it.

ETA: There are a TON of english saddles on CL in my area going for under $100. They appear to be decent saddles, and a lot of them are in better shape than this one. That's what I'm basing my opinion on.
    09-14-2012, 03:40 PM
That's what I thought. It's not as if I need a $3000 saddle, I just want to use it to learn, and as long at it fits me and my horse good, it doesn't have to be cosmetically perfect. The leather doesn't look like that imported junk.

To my untrained eye, it looks like one of those saddles that are in between the high quality ones and the low low quality ones.
    09-14-2012, 03:53 PM
My concern is that it looks like it needs to be reflocked, and there is very little padding left under the deepest part of the seat, so much so that it doesn't look level pommel to cantle.

Last time I called to ask, reflocking was a couple hundred bucks, so that would be a deal breaker for me.
    09-14-2012, 03:57 PM
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Can she pad well underneath to compensate for the squished down flocking?
    09-14-2012, 04:23 PM
^^ I'm not going for looks, so even if I can put a western pad under the English saddle, I'd be happy.

EDT: Seller says she cannot find a brand anywhere on it. Nevermind.

However, I found a used Wintec Pro C/C, a Supra, and some used Stubben A/P saddles all at the same shop.

I sent them pictures of my horse and gave them details and hopefully I will be getting pictures of the saddles soon.
    09-14-2012, 07:15 PM
Tiny, I've seen decenrtly made branded saddles that are well worm that I would considesnubsng a riser under for this price.

Could you do so with this saddle? Sure. You can also put lipstick on a pig or polish a turd.

I think the OP can spend her money more wisely; I think this saddle is a bad bargain. JMO.
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