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post #11 of 17 Old 12-14-2007, 05:37 PM
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You definitely get what you pay for. My horse came with a really crappy saddle and I was randomly looking up saddles on amazon.co.uk for some reason and there it was for £80! I didn't know that was possible to get such a cheap saddle!
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post #12 of 17 Old 01-05-2008, 01:17 AM
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go to tacktrader.com they have lots of name brand used saddles that are not to expensive
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-05-2008, 04:57 PM
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it is to good to be true. The set probably isn't the best at all.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-16-2008, 01:11 PM
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My general rule is if it offers not only a bridle but a bit? Say no thanks.

I have purchased a starter pack like that and it was... okay. Better than expected in some aspects but generally a get-what-you-pay-for deal.

Try finding a lightly used saddle for sale. I just bought one, paid 75 bucks. I checked the retail value? $250+. Not that expensive but I got my monies worth. It was only used a few times by her husband and then he lost interest in riding so yippy for me and my large bottom to fit a man sized seat. That left me enough money to buy an exceptional quality bridle and pad. :)
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-16-2008, 05:35 PM
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I would steer clear of that one! You do get what you pay for to a certain extent, but don't feel you have to spend loads... the "non" english leather is pretty good these days and very affordable, even if your competing, no one can mark you down on the style of your leather work as long as its safe and in good condition!

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-17-2008, 04:51 PM
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I agree with everyone else, run far far away from it!!!

With saddles you so often get what you pay for. Cheap saddles often put your leg in the wrong place, hurt your horse's back, hurt your butt, fall apart, and look like crap! I know there are some really great off brand saddles (I had one for 12 years!) out there but so far all the saddles that my students have come to the barn with that were "a great package deal" or from the pawn shop or from some auction have been all the same. If money is the biggest issue I would very strongly recommend waiting a few more months, saving more money and getting a good quality used saddle. www.tacktrader or www.usedsaddles.com have some good deals. I've found some fantastic saddles at great prices on ebay, but you do have to be careful with that. Good luck!
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-20-2008, 07:48 PM
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Those cheap starter sets are NOT good deals... They are made in asia on cheap fiberglass trees with cardboard stiff urine tanned leather. The leather color is painted on and does NOT accept oil very well, if at all. You're much better off saving up a little more money and spending $250-350 on a good used saddle, either European made leather or a synthetic, Wintec or Thorowgood.

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