Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: central Illinois
Thanks everyone for the advise and suggestions.
I've been checking craigslist for the st Louis area and nothing on it that would work. When I look at the Peoria and Springfield Illinois area, there is nothing.
I have been looking at prices on used saddles and am not sure if those are reliable. In 2009 I sold a one year old Tex Tan saddle, used only 5 times, perfect condition. Sold it and the entire set I had purchased new: 17 inch seat, matching headstall, reins, breast plate, girth, performers choice pad, bit, curb chain. About $2,500 of items. Could only get $750, and I had to pay for the shipping to send it to South Dakota. Just last summer I sold a Fabtron Big Un, 19 inch seat, only used 6 times, with girth ($120 big name girth). Looked brand new. It only brought $150 - they cost about $700-$800 new. And as for the one from India, no one would buy it, pretty much gave it away.
I had those advertised on craigslist, ebay, local paper, and tack trader. Still didn't get much out of them. They were not old saddles nor in bad condition. So, I am not really good at judging what a used saddle should cost for me to buy one.
I wish I wouldn't have sold my saddles. But at that time I thought my gelding was not rideable anymore. And I didn't have my mare yet.
Turns out my gelding is fine to ride, it was the person who was riding him at a stables I was keeping him at. They were messing him up. Once I got him away from there, and he recovered, he is ok now.
I got a custom made Dakota last year, but sure don't have the money now to get one for the mare I got. So need one for her.