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post #1 of 14 Old 08-19-2013, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Buying Saddles Online?

I'm having trouble finding a used saddle I like, is a nice brand, and that is the right size for my (small, short-backed) horse. I found a nice circle-y one that is seemingly the right size for him and me, but its on ebay. Anyone here had experience with buying online?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-19-2013, 09:35 AM
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Buying saddles online is always a risk. You never know how they are going to fit your horse and if you like it. For me, a saddle is something I wouldn't consider buying online without being 100% positive its going to work.
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Plenty of people successfully buy saddles online. The question you need to ask yourself is "Can I afford the money invested and the time spent in reselling this saddle if it doesn't work out?" Only you know that answer.

I just spent 2 months searching for my new one, lol. I've added/removed more saddles in online shopping carts than I can count, spent 10 hours driving to various tack shops, and ultimately ended up with a Craiglist saddle (2 hr round trip drive) which was accurately represented in the ad.
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I have bought online in the past and had it work out perfectly, but there is always a risk.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-19-2013, 11:22 AM
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I did buy one of my saddles on line. It was new and the store had a return policy if it didn't work out (it did) so the only nuisance would have been packing it up and paying for the return shipping. I think the biggest chance you take with buying used on line is not being able to see it in person before purchase - there's only so much pictures can show of structural integrity. You may find it useful to check out the Circle Y website and try to find other sites that rate saddles or provide commentaries on quality and durability of particular brands - this may be help when you're making your final decision.

You'll have to post a picture of your horse modelling your purchase.
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I've purchased two online. One worked out, one didn't. They were both accurately measured and represented, but obviously you do need to put it on your horse to be sure it will fit.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-19-2013, 12:31 PM
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Craigslist is a good place to look.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-19-2013, 02:35 PM
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buying online totally blows, unfortunately its kinda a necessary evil as local stores , if you even have a local store, ternd to have little or no selection, and want to charge ungodly markup fees.
Couple things. Get a money back guarantee ahead of time in writing. DONOT tolerate restocking fees. COntact vendor/ saddlemaker and ask this to be waived before you order. If they wont, make sure you let them know you are shopping elsewhere specifically for this reason.
Used or private sale ? It would have to be really really cheap, like no more than $200. and thats still a big if. People are basically liars and or idiots when it comes to selling stuff. If they dont have a business reputation to protect good luck getting your money back when your saddle shows up a different size than advertised.
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Buying a Saddle online successfully all depends on who you buy it from.

I know over 600 people that have done so successfully and are happy

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-19-2013, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by wetrain17 View Post
Buying saddles online is always a risk. You never know how they are going to fit your horse and if you like it. For me, a saddle is something I wouldn't consider buying online without being 100% positive its going to work.
As someone who had to learn the hard way I never ever again would buy a saddle online that didn't have a trial period for you to try the saddle on the horse for whom it is intended.

I bought NINE saddles before I found one that fit my horse and me. Resold two of them and have three sitting here one of which fits my horse. The others were donated to a rescue.

I don't sound too smart do I? I did finally learn though.

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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