I'm planning on buying a second hand saddle for my horse. Before I buy I'll need to check for fit. How much should I be expecting to pay roughly for a saddler to come out and check that the saddle fits ok? I live in the UK by the way . Thanks!
That's a difficult one - it depends how the saddler works.
Most travel to look at a horse, so there's a mileage charge, but what individuals charge for advice can be a bit area dependent, I think (I'm in South Wales).
To give you an idea, I charge £5 mileage (up to 10 miles) and £10 (up to 20 miles), and then £5 to check the fit. If I'm already on a yard for another job I may just charge for the check. If it's an existing customer with a new (or additional) horse, I might not even charge for checking it if I'm there anyway.
I won't travel more than 20 miles, because then I'd have to charge more and it becomes uneconomic for the customer.
If the check reveals the saddle needs adjustment, and the customer is willing to have it done, I don't charge for the check, but a front flock adjust on site is currently £25.
I think I'm very reasonable for this sort of job. But I have horses so I know how difficult it is to pay for everything!
Hope that's some help :)