Thoughts on this Passier GT Saddle?
Long time listener, first time caller.
I’m hoping for your thoughts on this lovely Passier GT saddle. It’s one of my trainer’s old saddles, and I love it. The only other saddle I’ve liked quite so much is the Theo Sommer 2000 I use when exercising one of the horses at my stable. I’ve been in the market for a nice used saddle, but due to my budget, I’m somewhat limited.
I’ve emailed Passier, and they’ve told me:
“The saddle with the serial number 211 745 is a GT dressage, size 17.5", havana-brown, medium tree width of KE 27,5 cm, flap girth, NO gusseted panel, NO deep seat. The saddle was built in November 1986.”
Considering it was born the same year the Beastie Boys released License to Ill, it’s in pretty good shape. A tear on the knee roll, and a fairly long split in the leather along the seat are the only flaws I can see (other than normal wear and tear). The leather is soft and supple, and it rides like a dream. For me, anyway. Also I dig the retro brown leather with white piping.
Anyway, I can't seem to post (or figure out how to embed) pictures, so I've uploaded them here:
So…what do you think? How much would be a fair amount to pay? Is the split seat a deal breaker for you? If not, and I purchase it, should I get a seat saver (I've seen thin suede ones that might do the trick) to keep the split from getting worse?
It will be used for lots and lots of schooling and maybe a schooling show or two.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
PS - Yes, those are black Wintec Webbers I've stuck on there! If I do buy it, I'll get brown.