View Full Version : Classic Estancia Dressage Saddle - Know Anything
Dec. 14, 2010, 12:03 PM
Browsing on Ebay and ran across this saddle line. Never heard of them. Anyone know anything about them and would they be suitable for someone who only rides once in a while (not me or my horses)?
Dec. 14, 2010, 08:56 PM
I've never heard of them either. I googled the name and not a whole lot came back- mainly just the ones listed on ebay.
My big concern was that the saddle in the photo i looked at barely looked like a dressage saddle. ???Don't know if it'd be comfy or not...
Dec. 15, 2010, 12:46 PM
it looks like a cheaply made import, http://cgi.ebay.com/CLASSIC-ESTANCIA-BLACK-DRESSAGE-ENGLISH-SADDLE-18-/220709541635#vi-desc
the problem with those is that they're mass made cheaply, the trees can be twisted or uneven, the stirrup bars hung unevenly, etc etc, all things that can cause the rider to sit improperly or hurt the horse's back. Other things like using staples and glue instead of stitching can be safety factors. Finally, they have little resale value so often just become a waste of money.
If you're on a budget or just want to play once in a while, you're better served finding a cheap well made used saddle, at least you'll stand a better chance that it won't hurt your horse (provided it fits reasonably), and if you ever tire of it you also stand a reasonable chance of selling it for close to what you paid.
Here are some reasonably priced saddles that are good name brands:
Dec. 15, 2010, 02:10 PM
100% agree with Buck22....also with a used quality saddle, you may have the option of getting it adjusted or fitted if needed,
Dec. 16, 2010, 09:51 AM
As I said originally the saddle wouldn't be for me. It's for someone who likes to think she rides dressage but doesn't have a clue and only rides maybe once every 2-3 months. She's on a very limited budget. Saddle probably wouldn't be cared for decently so resale isn't an issue. I know most of these cheapos on ebay are junk but had never run across this one so thought I'd ask. Yup. Junk. Got it. Thanks.
Me -- I love a nice used leather saddle. Now to find one that will fit my extra, extra, extra, extra wide mare. LOL!