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Whisper22 02-01-2013 06:40 PM

what do you think of this saddle?
I'm looking for a saddle for my 8 year old daughter, and while I had previously decided on a 13" in my other thread, they are very hard to come by in my price range. So I came across this saddle, an older 14". I'm not opposed to older saddles, I would actually prefer one since my daughter is just starting out, won't be doing anything heavy, and who knows if riding will even stick.

So the guy selling acquired the saddle in a storage locker auction, so he doesn't know anything about it, and THINKS he measured it right. He only lives 10 min from me so I figured it was worth looking and measuring myself. The only thing that sticks out to me is the left stirrup looks way let out, while the other is not, so don't know if it's somehow damaged. Other than that I don't have a great eye for telling how cheap a saddle looks from a picture. There is a cinch attached so I'm guessing it was being used.

What do y'all think? Is it worth looking at.

Milking Moo Moos 02-01-2013 07:08 PM

I don't know much about the quality of the saddle (although it does look nice) I would advise you to have your daughter sit in a couple saddles to find a good size. You should want to leave a little growing room, but that saddle may be way to big. I am 14 and that is my size saddle for western. (Though take into consideration that is a very short 14 years:))

kitten_Val 02-01-2013 08:19 PM

10 mins is nothing, so I'd go and look. However I wonder about the quality of the saddle and, especially, the tree.

flytobecat 02-01-2013 08:27 PM

It's worth a look. You can't tell much from the pictures. I would worry about the tree as well as the stirrups leathers.

Phly 02-01-2013 08:30 PM

I'd definitely look at it! Looks like a nice old saddle, it's well worn which I like as it means it was ridden a lot, so likely didn't sore the horse. Check to be sure it's straight and that the tree isn't broken. It's possible that the left stirrup is just unbuckled, but check to be sure obviously. Looking under the fender flap you should be able to see the tree, which I'd guess is probly rawhide or fiberglass over wood, just lookin at the pics. I like it and would go see it in person myself.
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Whisper22 02-01-2013 09:35 PM

Ok, thanks guys. Will definitely check the tree. Small things like stirrup leathers can be replaced, so no biggy if that's an issue. I just hope it is in fact a 14", anything bigger will be completely useless to me.

Phly 02-01-2013 09:41 PM

It looks bigger then a 14" but, it's hard to tell in pics. It could be the skirt is smaller then it looks. Keep us posted, I'd like to know what ya think of it in person.
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Whisper22 02-01-2013 09:46 PM

Sure thing, I made plans with the guy to take a look tomorrow afternoon.

Saddlebag 02-01-2013 10:47 PM

Take a bunch of pics, then show us. Look at the stirrup leathers, the fleece. Try to see what kind of tree. You can always see that up under the cinch ring. Look for cracks. It looks almost like the stirrup leather is missing on the near side. If the fender is part of the stirrup leather, don't buy it. The stirrup strap should be separate with the fender attached to it, not part of it. I don't know if I'm very clear on that.

Iseul 02-01-2013 10:59 PM

Definitely worth looking at, and I agree completely with everything Saddlebag mentioned.

Also, I just sold my second saddle (I dont like low cantles). I swear it's the same saddle, brand and make, just a different colour and has tooling.
Mine didn't have a makers mark anywhere, but BOs son has I swear the SAME exact saddle in brown that has a Simco mark on it.
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