Ok so just bought my daughter a very lightly used Antares. She likes a nameplate on her tack but this one has never had one so no holes in the cantle. Since she is 9, this will have to be resale as she will outgrow it in 2-3 yrs. Will I damage the value if I put a nameplate on it and is there any other way to identify saddle without making holes in it? Thanks!
Most people want name plates, so I don't see any impact on the value.
I would be more worried about a bridle tag moving around and scratching - or even cutting! - the leather.
I love my Antares, good choice! Enjoy it!
(About Antares... Just had my massage therapist out today. My mare's back is no longer sore anywhere and we attribute it to properly fitted, cushy Antares saddles! My trainer told my part-lessor to stop using the Butet so my girl only gets ridden in Antares now!)
You could also get a bridle tag and put it on one of the dees near the stirrup bar.
I was thinking the same. It's significantly less "attached" than would be a nameplate. If you go the brass bridle tag route, I'd also have the leather stamped/branded under the flap for easier ID should the tag disappear.
When ordering the nameplate order an extra "blank" one then when you are selling it unsrew your daughters and screw in the blank plate and that way a potential purchaser will just see it as an opportunity for their own plate