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DuckDodgers 07-02-2013 05:32 PM

Collegiate Close Contact Price
 
I ride dressage, so my dressage saddle is my only one. I'm not too into jumping, but I occasionally like to pop my horse over jumps once in awhile so I've thought about getting a close contact saddle for those days (a few times a month maybe). I don't want to get something too cruddy, but I can only really justify spending up to a couple of hundred if something ok comes up for cheap that has knee rolls.

I found someone selling a collegiate close contact with knee rolls and a smooth padded flap, but there is a small (2 in) tear in the seat that is covered by the rider's leg. I'm not doing any serious riding or showing with it so this doesn't bother me, but how much should this take down the value of the saddle? I have seen all kinds of prices listed for collegiate close contacts, so I'm not really sure how much this saddle is worth and how much this flaw will bring down its value.

She was originally asking $250 plus shipping for saddle, leathers, and irons, but she is willing to bring the price down to $170 + shipping. The saddle appears to be in good shape except for this, so is it worth it or not? It's not really a "need to have" thing, so I'll pass if it doesn't seem worth it and keep popping over the few tiny jumps in my dressage saddle.

SketchyHorse 07-02-2013 08:41 PM

I'd go for it. Collegiates are a pretty good brand - it was actually what I was looking at getting when I was shopping for a CC saddle. Brand new they're like $700+ so if the tear isn't anything major & there's nothing else compromised, sounds like a steal for me *shrug*

QHDragon 07-06-2013 10:21 AM

I would go for it. You can always get the tear patched so that it doesn't become bigger.

DuckDodgers 07-08-2013 07:48 PM

Well I went ahead and bought it! It seemed like too good of a deal to pass on, and I may look into having the tear patched once it arrives. Exciting times for me!

Colour my World 09-10-2013 03:33 PM

im a proud owner of a collegiate close contact. 10 years old, still in great condition. comfy, fits multiple horses, soft leather, whats not to love?! I payed 450 for it and it came with nicee leathers. ive gotten so many complements on it. people that ride in it are like omg its sooo comfy and im like thankzzzz. and its a nice looking saddle.

DuckDodgers 09-10-2013 10:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Colour my World (Post 3599130)
im a proud owner of a collegiate close contact. 10 years old, still in great condition. comfy, fits multiple horses, soft leather, whats not to love?! I payed 450 for it and it came with nicee leathers. ive gotten so many complements on it. people that ride in it are like omg its sooo comfy and im like thankzzzz. and its a nice looking saddle.

I did end up buying this saddle, and I love it. As far as close contact saddles go it's the most comfortable thing that I've sat in. Mine came with leathers and irons, and while I like the leathers it came with (half hole punched, and narrow width like I like!) the left one is uber stretched out. It's partially a psychological thing, but that is still bothering me! Replaced the safety irons with some irons from a saddle I had lying around.

I'm still a little skeptical about the tear though. It hasn't gotten any worse since I bought the saddle, but I haven't ridden in it too terribly much. I love it though, and the other side of it looks great :P


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