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post #11 of 13 Old 02-16-2012, 09:45 AM
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Hi Everyone,
My new mare and I are starting some basic dressage schooling together and, while I am using my trainer's saddle for now, I would like to find my own saddle. I've found a tack shop that has a pretty large selection of used dressage saddles, but I am looking for opinions on favorite/least favorite brands, etc., as I am much more familiar with the Western world! I know the most important factor is whether or not it fits Zetha well, and the shop owner has already agreed to let me take a saddle on trial basis, so that's good.
One interesting prospect was a used County dressage saddle, though I will have to go back in and have another look to know which model. It is only medium width, but my mare is not a particularly wide Friesian, and my trainer's standard saddle fits her perfectly, so I'm not overly concerned about it not having a wide tree. The saddle does show some wear, but the leather still seems to be in decent condition. I'm wondering what you, oh wise horseforum users!, would consider a fair price for a moderately used County dressage saddle? Some of this shops items seem right on and some seem over-priced, so I'm just trying to get a good feel for what's fair.
Thanks so much for your help!
ZC
I have a friesian cross which is wide. I got a Schleese with an adjustable tree as I was having a hard time fitting. Because of the Friesian short back tree length is an issue also. Not many saddles have the shorter tree, so be aware of that also
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Hi Churumbeque! Thanks for the advice, I will keep that in mind for the future.
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-17-2012, 04:36 AM
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If you can get a used County that fits your mare for a decent price, I would jump on it! I have a County WB that I use on my TB gelding, and it's wonderful, fits well, and is super comfy!!! If you're only schooling right now, then I wouldn't worry about the wear on it... For price, it depends what model it is, and what the age of it is. Mine is 15 years old, and I paid $600 for it (which was a deal and a half), then had it reflocked for another $300... I would think if this one has been reflocked recently you might pay a little more, or if it needs to be reflocked then less. If it has quite a lot of wear on it, I would try to pay around $500 or so. It's a great brand and will last forever with good care! Here's a picture of mine for reference! :)
Your saddle looks a bit too far forward, the girth should not be immediately behind the front legs, you should have a hands space, which also means your saddle is tilted slightly (the saddle flaps should be hanging straight down).

I would say go with any saddle that fits, I have a gorgeous Lovett and Rickets saddle from ebay which my saddler says could have been made for my mare
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