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post #11 of 17 Old 02-13-2013, 04:31 PM
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I bought a $400 Abetta to use on our mustang pony. For the price (new), it is an excellent saddle.

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post #12 of 17 Old 02-13-2013, 06:42 PM
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I wanted something "fancier" like a Tucker when I got my horse last summer but wife set a price limit and I must say I think i'm happier with an abetta than I would have been with a tucker.

More $$ in the bank, and less cleaning/care

especially for a saddle that isn't going to be used that much I would hate to put the time into cleaning/conditioning a leather saddle for it to just collect dust and only be used 3-4 times/year

being that you are probably going to get away with full qh bars you will have even more options than those that need semi qh
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post #13 of 17 Old 02-14-2013, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by PurplePopcornDelicious View Post
You can get a brand new Abetta synthetic for $400 and under, not sure if you can in your and your horses size, but worth a look. Go to Chicks Saddlery.

Thanks for the suggestion about chicks. They have some I am going to consider. They even have King or might be Royal King, that could be possibility. Saw a few brands that might work out.
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post #14 of 17 Old 02-14-2013, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by itsjustme View Post
Thanks for the suggestion about chicks. They have some I am going to consider. They even have King or might be Royal King, that could be possibility. Saw a few brands that might work out.
No King brand saddles. I was looking at one, and everyone here told me to run far, far away from them. SouthernTrailsGA is around on the forum - she can tell you more about why. (It disappointed me... They had the perfect saddle for me!)
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post #15 of 17 Old 02-14-2013, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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post #16 of 17 Old 02-14-2013, 05:09 PM
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Holy cow, Itsjustme...those are terrible prices for your used equipment. Bad for you, great for the buyer. Sure makes you want to find that kind of deal now that you are looking.

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post #17 of 17 Old 02-14-2013, 05:34 PM
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Regardless of the saddle you consider, get a measurement of the bars. If it's a Ralide tree you can google their website and the dimensions for all the trees they make are listed with pics. The bars on an 18" seat may be too long for a 15.2hh horse. The biggest seat size Ralide makes is 17 and the bars are 22.5" long. You need to measure the horse from 2 fingers behind the scapula to the last true rib to see if a longer tree will work. Using chalk to mark your spots helps. Find the last true rib, it's a long one and draw a line straight up. The bars cannot exceed that mark, the skirts ok, not the bars.
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