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    10-01-2010, 02:42 PM
what type of saddle

Hi everyone, I just joined the forum and forgive me but I'm going to ask for some help right off the bat. You see my daughter has been riding for about 11 years (she's now 16) and we need to get her a new saddle. The problem is I need to come up with the money by selling some old saddles that were givin to her years ago. I have absolutely no idea what I'm dealing with here. So I was hoping someone would be kind enough to help me identify these saddles and possible tell me how much I should expect to get for them. Now I do understand you can only help me so much using photos. So any amount of help would be greatly appreciated.
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    10-01-2010, 02:51 PM
The first is a Western Saddle. You can measure the seat by placing a measuring tape at the base of the horn to the edge of the cantle. It looks to be better than junk in quality but nothing too fancy. If you could find a makers mark on it, you would be better off. They are usually on the left side of the saddle. I see it has a number stamped on the back...that usually indicates that it isnt a completly junk saddle. Without a makers mark, you could expect to get around $200 for this saddle.

The second saddle is an english saddle. You can get the seat size by measuring from the nail head on the front of the saddle to the middle of the back of the saddle. This looks to be a lower quality saddle. Look under the flaps on the saddle for a makers mark. While it looks functional, its not a high end saddle. You could probably get between $35-$75 for this saddle.

The last is a vintage western saddle. It needs some repairs which significantly lower the value. I don't see a makers mark but the styling reminds me of a Simco. Without the repairs, this saddle would be worth around $50-$100 depending on if you can find a collector.

Good luck!
    10-01-2010, 02:51 PM
None of them are in very good shape. They don't look as if they've been well cared for over the years.

You'd be lucky to get $100 for the red one, $50.00 for the English, and nothing for the third. That one looks especially bad. I don't think even cleaning and oiling it would help at this point.
    10-02-2010, 07:05 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
None of them are in very good shape. They don't look as if they've been well cared for over the years.

You'd be lucky to get $100 for the red one, $50.00 for the English, and nothing for the third. That one looks especially bad. I don't think even cleaning and oiling it would help at this point.

I disagree. The "red" and the English AP are in typical condition for used saddles. The red saddle would be priced at $250 to $295 in my local tack shops. The AP is an import, and would be priced around $75 to $80 without fittings.

The last saddle needs fenders and stirrup leathers and stirrups to be usable. From what I can see, it the leather holding the rigging dees is still good, that saddle would be repairable. As-is, it might only get $25 to $50. Repaired with some appropriate leather fenders, maybe $275 or so.

That's just my guess.
    10-02-2010, 03:25 PM
I agree, first 2 looks like plenty of saddles I've seen in local consignment stores. Heck, I even saw like the 3rd one. But I agree, depending on brand (you didn't mention any) it can be very cheap or can bring some money. You also want to clean and condition them very good (may be repeat 2 or 3 times) and get nicer photos (may be use nice pad under for the pics).
    10-02-2010, 05:24 PM
Thank you all for you input. It was all very helpfull. I'm in Western PA. I will start looking for local tac-shops and see if they're interested. Thank you all again.
    10-03-2010, 11:53 AM
I'm also in western PA. PM'd you with some tack shop leads.

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