Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I've shipped LOTS of saddles all over the US. There are two ways to do it and it depends on you. The first way to do it is to take it to a UPS store and say "Here - pack it and send it to this address". It is the most expensive way to do it but it takes the stress off you.
The second way is to get a sturdy box somewhere - the tack shop, a grocery store, etc.(those will be free) or from the UPS store, a shipping company, a moving company, U-haul, etc (those will cost you some money). Packing it yourself is not a big problem. A sturdy box needs nothing to fill besides the saddle and tack. I wrap the stirrups with bubble wrap to protect the saddle leather and I also wrap anything else that may cause damage to the leather.
The cheapest way to ship, I've found, is to send it USPS Priority (it isn't much more then Parcel Post), it's faster and minimizes the risk of the shipper loosing the package.
The last saddle I shipped was a 40lb Western saddle that cost me ~$39.00 to send it to CO from SC.
Hope that helps.
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