Circle Y value and fit
This is my BO's saddle. I rode in it on a trail ride today and found it to be super comfortable. Most western saddles (and some english) make my pubic bones hurt after a while, this one I was super comfortable in. It also appears to fit my mare well, but I know nothing about western saddles. On my way back in I commented to the BO that the saddle was super nice and she said "well make me an offer on it." I am seriously considering doing so. It fits my mare nicely, my mare is so arena sour right now that I think we will be doing lots of trail riding anyway (she loves the change in scenery, keeps her brain busy) and I am even considering trying out endurance, competitive trail riding, reining, or western speed stuff with her. She really needs her brain to be kept busy and working on her shoulders, a working walk and long and low just doesn't seem to be doing it for her (eventually want to get back into it with her but for now I think she needs a break after being a therapy horse).
Anyway, any opinions on fit would be great. I have no idea how much to offer her either. She bought it new 10 years ago for $900. Every nook and cranny is full of mold and it needs a serious oiling but other than that appears gently used. I was thinking of offering her $600?
$900 and 10 years old and moldy ? Id say more like 450, A new model like that has gone up some, but I generally wouldnt pay much more than 50% for used.
Based on the serial number it is either 16 or 18 years old. Semi-quarter horse bars, 16" seat, color is regular oil. Manufactured in Sept. of 95 or 93 (hard to read). I would offer $350, but wouldn't pay more than $400.
Seems to fit your horse - based on the picture of the gullet. The saddle appears to be in good condition and not well used. If the leather is supple and not stiff, $400ish is the right money - $600 is way over price.
It looks like it's sitting too far back? Like maybe you need to move it forward? Anyway, I'm on the 350ish bandwagon.
I was thinking it is placed to far back as well.
According to the serial numbers it has semi QH bars, 16 inch seat, was made in September of 93/95 (hard to tell if that is a three or a five) and was the fourth saddle made that day.
I'm with the others that are saying the the 350 range for it. Possible move it forward and get some more pics, just to double check saddle fit. :-)
Oh interesting that its semi-qh, I would think for sure my mare would need full. She has such massive shoulders.
I will try to get out to the barn tomorrow and get another picture with the saddle moved further up. It was about two-three fingers behind her shoulder blades.
lol Got practice reading them when I was looking for a used good condition older Circle Y. I was wanting a certain age range and type. Plus on the site they have a handy dandy little thing to help read them. :-)
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