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post #1 of 11 Old 03-13-2010, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Question Shipping a saddle

This is my first time shipping a saddle and I'm not sure how to go about packing it. It is a western saddle. So what do I do about the fenders and such? Do I take them off? What do you usually use for packing material? Thanks!!

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-13-2010, 12:27 AM
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When Buck's County Saddles sent me my longhorn, they just sort of wrapped the fenders and stirrups to one side up around the saddle. They didn't pack it with anything, either, and it arrived fine. A day on the saddle rack and everything fell back into its place. Of course, it was only in the box a couple days because I'm the next state over.

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When shipping a Saddle, almost everyone including me, wraps the Horn with something for protection, takes an old sheet or something large paper/plastic wrap and lays in the box with enough material to hang over the edges and outside the box, then turn the Saddle upside down and lay in the box. Use a small piece of twine to attach the two stirrups together, then fold the excess packing material over the fenders for protection and close the box, you are ready

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Thanks so much! I was thinking that a blanket or towel or something would be good, but didn't know if there was anyway in particular to go about it. Thanks again!

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When shipping a Saddle, almost everyone including me, wraps the Horn with something for protection, takes an old sheet or something large paper/plastic wrap and lays in the box with enough material to hang over the edges and outside the box, then turn the Saddle upside down and lay in the box. Use a small piece of twine to attach the two stirrups together, then fold the excess packing material over the fenders for protection and close the box, you are ready

Hope I explained that well enough, it hard to write it down


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I've only shipped 2 saddles and that what I did as well. Wrapped the horn and then wrapped the whole thing in an old sheet or towel. If I know I'm going to be shipping something that large, I start saving shipping material like the air packs and peanuts I get in stuff shipped to me. Then I just reuse it. FYI-Lage zip lock bags filled with air make good packing material


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I like to ship saddles up side down. Keeps the weight off the fenders and stirrups. Like has been suggested wrap the horse and the saddle well. I use A LOT of packing peanuts on the bottom of the box and around the saddle so it sits in the box very securely. Then on top of the saddle I fill in the rest of the box with those plastic air bubble packing things. Not sure the name of them.

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I'm with everyone else as far as wrapping the horn and using an old sheet around the saddle. As nrhareiner said, put the saddle upside down in the box. Then just let the fenders fall into the center of the saddle. I usually use the paper from our shavings bags for packing, or anything else I have saved from other packages.
I have gotten a couple saddles that were just thrown in the box with nothing around them and was really irritated to get them that way. One was a brand new saddle from a tack shop that expected me to return the saddle if it didn't work without any scratches on it, so why not try sending it to me that way?
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When I shipped my western I just packed I wrapped the horn and then packed it into a box horn down with the fenders/stirrups wrapped around the bottom of it. Requires a slightly larger box, but it arrived safely.

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post #9 of 11 Old 03-13-2010, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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Excellant!! Thanks everyone! I can't wait, I'm doing partial trade of an arab cable halter that I have needed for the longest time. (Yay!) I have only done a few interactions so far over the internet like this and so far they have gone smoothly so I want to keep my name in good standing. The only thing is that I forgot that today was saturday so the post office closed earlier than I thought (Blonde moment for the day.LOL)so I couldn't get a shipping quote like I wanted, but the saddle is probably only about 25lbs so I don't think that it will cost all that much....What, on average, did you all spend on shipping for your saddles? I know that it varies, but I am just curious.

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www.usps.com use the shipping calculator to put in the dimensions, weight, and zip codes and you will get a quote.
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