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post #1 of 12 Old 09-25-2011, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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What do you think of this saddle?


It is an Antares close contact jumping saddle, size 16.5, medium-deep seat, full calfskin, and front/back blocks. It is in flawless condition, with minimal wear. They are asking $2,200 but open to offers. What would be a reasonable offer? Or is $2,200 a fair price? I'm just not sure! Thanks
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post #2 of 12 Old 09-26-2011, 01:43 AM
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When you get into that price range, I dont' know how much bargaining one can do. I couldn't possibly consider buying a saddle for that. But, it is lovely. I guess I am wasting your time, becasue I DONT KNOW
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post #3 of 12 Old 09-26-2011, 07:33 AM
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Looks like a pretty darn nice saddle to me. I've been looking for a jumping saddle too, and I've seen a few Antares saddles for around that kind of price, so I think the asking price is pretty fair. It is in good condition, bit worn but that's to be expected if you're buying second hand.

I don't know what they retail for brand new though, might be worth taking a look to find out. I would not want to pay more than about 75% of the retail price for something second hand unless it was in absolutely impeccable condition.
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if it comes with the leathers and stirrups, it's a good price. It doesn't hurt to offer something in line with 1,800 to 2,000 since you said the ad was willing to go OBO. In the end, if you are in a position to go the full amount, it may be a little high but well worth it with the extras.

Found this http://www.smartpakequine.com/antare...e-_-NA-_-17850 and that is without the leathers and stirrups.

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post #5 of 12 Old 09-26-2011, 08:41 AM
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It's a nice saddle. Are you sure 16.5 is going to be the right size for you? It is pretty small. My child students ride in saddles that size, but none of my adult riders do.
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post #6 of 12 Old 09-26-2011, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your feedback everyone! Allison, you may be right about the size. I am very tiny, but I am planning on keeping this saddle for a while, so it might be better to go with a 17"
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post #7 of 12 Old 09-26-2011, 03:47 PM
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wow!! lol i have never paid more than 200 for a saddle! i dont think i ever will either :/ its a pretty saddle, just be sure of seat size and everything before you purchase! :)

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post #8 of 12 Old 09-26-2011, 05:43 PM
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It appears to be in good condition, and I would consider that a good price for an Antares, especially with matching leathers already included.

Is is the correct size for you horse and you? That's the important thing to think about first off. Also, there's other saddles out there for good prices, and in similar quality to Antares. What leads you to Antares?

They're fabulous saddles and will last you forever. Super comfortable too. I wouldn't hesitate at the price. You get what you pay for, and with Antares, that's a positive thing.

Except, you can save up a few hundred more dollars, and buy a brand new Antares....

Hampton Classic by Antares - New Horse Tack from SmartPak Equine

Spooner by Antares - Close Contact Saddles from SmartPak Equine

But I would consider it a good price, just make sure, if your willing to pay for it, there are other brand new options...

Also, was it a custom saddle for someone, or was it bought off the shelf? If it was originally ordered custom for the original owner, that can up the price. I've never figured out why, since once it's sold, it's not custom anymore, but a custom Antares will run a good $6000-$7000. That is something to think about also, when you trying to decide if it's a good price or not.

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No comment on price but my god is it beautiful!
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post #10 of 12 Old 09-27-2011, 10:33 AM
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To try to help you out with sizing a little because you don't want to spend all of the money on a saddle then grow out of it in a few months. I am 5 feet 2 inches. I weigh about 113 pounds and ride in a 16.5 inch saddle. I will not be growing anymore as I am 23 years old, if you are still growing and growing a lot it wouldn't hurt to add an inch or an inch and a half allowing you to grow into the saddle. HOpe this helps and be sure that it fits your horse first too

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