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post #1 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Share Your Best Tack Finds!

I always have my eyes open for a particularly good deal on FB groups and Ebay, and this week I've gotten particularly lucky with what I've found.

I got a Vespucci Dressage Bridle (retail: $260) for $35 including shipping...the previous owner over-conditioned it, leading it to mildew and develop some cracking...I cannot tell you how disgusting this bridle was to pull it out of the box it came it. I have never felt such a wet, grimey bridle:

Lucky for me, the cracking was just on the surface, where the over-conditioned wet leather was flaking off in some places:

After cleaning up the mildew and helping reverse the over-conditioning with vinegar, I've got to say, the bridle was a dang good find! I already own a Vespucci jumper bridle that I've used often for the past 6 years, so not having to pay the brand new price for a dressage version was great!

On the same day I also found a Rembrandt dressage saddle for $350 including shipping, that also came with irons, leathers, girth, and a pad. All of the similar saddles were going for $500-700 on Ebay, so I jumped on it, hoping it wasn't too good to be true. It arrived and fit Minnie like a glove, plus it was in great condition! Also, it was recently re-flocked, so I don't have to worry about that for a while!

What good tack finds have you found, whether they were online or at a tack sale?
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 12:24 PM
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I got my dressage saddle off ebay for $75. Max Hofner, 16.5". It's well used, the seat had worn through in a few places, but it's well built and structurally sound. Fits me, fits my horse. Had it reflocked and patched and it's good as gold.
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post #3 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 12:58 PM
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My one and only saddle at this point is a used, synthetic Big Horn brand. Nothing particularly impressive about it but what made it such an excellent find is that my Dad found it at a local auction where people mostly go to buy antiques or furniture, so they typically aren't looking for tack so it goes for pretty cheap typically. I don't know how much he paid for it really; he bought it for my aunt to flip and sell to people more interested in tack so it probably didn't cost much. But then Dreama came along and they gifted it to me, and for starting out knowing nothing with a hand-me-down saddle it fits both of us remarkably well. I prefer riding in it over the saddles I've been practicing in on my instructor's horses. It doesn't fit the backs of the other horses I take lessons on, but for Dreama and I it just feels right.

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post #4 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 02:01 PM
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I got my current endurance saddle at the local tack auction for $60 including the woolback pad it came with. It's an Abetta endurance so they're not terribly spendy to begin with but even used they're usually $250 for just the saddle and the pad would have been $50. Lasted me through 250 competition miles so far and probably just as many conditioning miles if not more!

The auction is mostly western riders looking for leather barrel/cutting/roping saddles so no one else was bidding on it!
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post #5 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 06:47 PM
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I got a nice dressage saddle a few years ago at an auction. I didn't really want it but the benches were hard and uncomfortable so I bid on it a got it for $3 and used it as a seat pad for me. Folded up it worked great and I am still using it.thumbnail_AuntBonny-Summer-jul-30-19-2.jpg
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post #6 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 08:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Woodhaven View Post
I got a nice dressage saddle a few years ago at an auction. I didn't really want it but the benches were hard and uncomfortable so I bid on it a got it for $3 and used it as a seat pad for me. Folded up it worked great and I am still using it.

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Lets see... I have 4 horses and 11 saddles. 9 Western, 1 English, 1 Aussie. They're mostly kid sizes. I think the most expensive one was $120, and that's my personal saddle. I've done a lot of cleaning and repairs. If the tree and rigging are in good condition, and all the parts are there, I can get the saddle back in working condition. Even Western stirrup leathers aren't that difficult to replace. I buy off of ebay and craigslist and don't worry about tree sizes. The saddle will probably fit one of my horses well enough for the light riding we do. If it doesn't, I haven't spent enough to care if the saddle sits in the back of my tack room until the right horse comes along.
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post #7 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 09:21 PM
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I find too many bridle deals. The most recent was a PS of Sweden anatomic bridle of some kind. Looks kinda like a micklem ($25) Then I have a menagerie of anatomic, fancy stitched, black, brown etc. Even one western bridle thrown in.

Most recent epic purchase was a $35 collegiate medium tree. I use it to ride a TB mare who does not fit my wide trees. Great saddle.
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 09:25 PM
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We must see the post-reconditioning pictures of this bridle.
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post #9 of 17 Old 08-15-2019, 09:40 PM
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A Dale Chavez show saddle. Been stalking EBay ever since it was online for a show quality DC in my price range. Bid on many, went too high. Finally got a beauty for $1200 Canadian including shipping because I picked it up at US Post office but I did have to pay $100 duty. I LOVE THIS SADDLE!


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post #10 of 17 Old 08-16-2019, 02:42 PM
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Most of my tack has been a good find. The saddle was free and just happens to fit my paso perfectly. His hackamore and headstall were free. I paid $15 on ebay for brand new, handmade carriage leather gaming reins. The south american inspired breast collar was $10 at a used tack store. Thought it would look good on my peruvian horse. :) I paid full price for the blue Toklat coolback pad but it was so long ago I don't recall what it was.
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