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post #1 of 3 Old 10-19-2013, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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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!
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-20-2013, 04:52 PM
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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 :)

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-21-2013, 05:32 AM
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Wow unclearthur! Your prices are really reasonable!

Here in Australia there are kind of two kinds of saddle fitters. Those that work at saddleries and try on and fit their saddles, and independent ones who come fit your saddle (or theirs if they have any).

Sometimes the ones associated with saddleries can help you out with deals if buying a saddle from them, and in my experience they're usually cheaper, about $60 AUD. However, an independent saddle fitter in my experience costs around $100 or more depending where you live.

Your best bet will be to call around and inquire about prices. You can certainly do that without setting an appointment. If your saddle needs to be restuffed there might be a fee to alter it, and more to fully restuff it. The price can vary, in Australia I think I was quoted around $250 for a restuff.
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