Dressage saddle information like tree size and other stuff
this is the dressage saddle we bought at an auction for 30 with the leathers and stirrups included just wondering in if i got robbed or not :-P let me know what you think of it
I don't think you'd be robbed buying any saddle with stirrups and irons at $30. Does it not have any markings on it , anywhere , to tell you the maker? It doesnt' look bad. I doubt it's top quality, but it's kind of hard to tell from those photos. Cannot tell the balance on it , either, because it is on that chair back instead of a stand. careful putting on anything the way you have it there, with something pressing right up into the gullet. try to keep it where it is bearing weight where it normally does, or set in it's "forks", such as in transport in your car.
we've even had my trainer look at the saddle and cant find the makers mark. anything else you see about it
and another thing it was made with only two billets
Dressage saddles only have two billets. How does the leather feel? Is it soft or hard? It looks decent enough, missing some d-rings on the right and I wouldn't attach anything to those front d-rings.
My gut feeling is it's 'foreign' made - I can't be specific, it just has that look. Tree shape, pads, panel stitching, stitched billets, chrome rear dees. The leathers are certainly cheapies from the frilly flesh side (which should be outermost).
Plus it looks a narrow fit, though that might be the photo angle - no more than a medium, in any case.
Cheap enough at the price IF it fits your horse :)
It looks to be really narrow so it may not fit your horse, OP. The creases in that one panel concern me.
As poppy asked, how does the leather feel? Good leather should have some give to it, even if it's been neglected. If the leather feels stiff and cardboard-y it's cheap.
So what would D-rings on one side be for?
If they have rings I usually see them on both sides, but then again those are mostly endurance type saddles.
Seriously. That's why they're only on the offside (for right-handed riders - reins in the left hand and all that).
Another reason to think it's foreign (based on old designs and ideas). As someone else said, you don't often find rear dees on dressage saddles.
PS. GoldenHorse - your flask is usually buckled to the offside front dee. Quicker to get at! :)
I know GH was joking about her brandy comment, but it's really not far off the mark. Sandwich cases, which fox hunters use, are generally hung from the two back D-rings. Which may or may not contain a flask of brandy. :-P
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