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Okay where are the good inexpensive dressage saddles?

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  • Okay where are the good inexpensive dressage saddles?

    Where oh where are they hiding?? I have read the other threads and looked at some of the saddles recommended, but even these saddles are 1200, 1500, 2400 USED! I just can't spend that on a second saddle that I will only use until my new guy builds his back up again. So where do I look, am I just missing them? Oh and I want leather, I can't do the wintec saddles

  • #2
    They're in the tack shop, in the 'Used Saddles' aisle.

    There are a zillian saddles for sale right now, and some of them are very, very nice. The recession sucks.


    • Original Poster

      slc2 which tack shops? I can't seem to find them. I have googled and googled and just haven't found anything, can you pass on some websites, maybe I missed some.


      • #4

        But check the sales as well, because there are some deals to be had. For example, adams has a bunch of Collegiates on sale:



        • #5
          Wintec Pro is still my favorite saddle that fits many horses and is inexpensive (and oh so easy to clean--and wears like iron).
          "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


          • #6
            If the collegiates don't float your boat, this is a great brand- simple good design and nice leather, nothing fancy, doesn't have a high resale value.



            • #7
              Another Wintec Vote

              Picked up a 2009 Wintec 500 with girth, leathers and cover from the online tack shop on E-bay, and absolutely love it. Bought it based on COTH'er comments, and less than $500. And don't miss Trumbull Mountain and Pelham Saddlery for used inventory.


              • Original Poster

                You guys aren't scared of buying a saddle off ebay, what if it doesn't fit? I always buy all my other stuff from there like bridles and halters, but those are no big deal if they don't fit you just give it to a friend who's horse it does fit, but saddles are so hard to fit and whether or not you like the feel.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by dressagedevon View Post
                  You guys aren't scared of buying a saddle off ebay, what if it doesn't fit? I always buy all my other stuff from there like bridles and halters, but those are no big deal if they don't fit you just give it to a friend who's horse it does fit, but saddles are so hard to fit and whether or not you like the feel.
                  Then try these shops. They have trials.


                  and so on.


                  • #10
                    I have always had good luck on Ebay. If you know your horse and have a good idea of your horses size you can useally do a good job finding a saddle for a great price. Also don't be afraid to ask the seller questions. I was asked to measure the saddles that I was selling on Ebay in every way possible. Also I have had good luck at local barns useally they have a cork board that sales fliers are atached to. Go to the local dressage barns an see what is up on the board also horse shows are a good place to look.
                    Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.
                    -Auntie Mame


                    • #11
                      If you know what fits your horse, you can usually find it used on eBay - what price range are you looking at? There are often some nice used Bates saddles (Isabelle & Caprelli models) for under $1000, I've seen some Neidersuiss saddles go for under $800 (and those saddles fit a wide variety of horses), some of the older Albions (such as the Style) for under $800 too. Also second Trumble Mountain for its trial policies even on used saddles. Depending on WHERE you live, there may be a ad service for your region - check with your USDF GMO, or check for other ad services. We have a "Bay Area Equestrian Network" that serves much of Northern CA - tons of tack for sale, and often close enough to go try it. Often name brand saddles for around $1000. I know it has some "sister" ad networks in other parts of the country.

                      One warning, if you DON'T know what will fit your horse, and you are looking for trial policies, you can easily spend several hundred dollars shipping saddles back and forth - $25 here, $50 there...
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                      • #12
                        My trainer rides my XXXW and my narrow horse in the same Neidersuss (I think it's an Olympik?). I really don't get it, but when I look at the saddle and try to find problems with the fit I can't.

                        If I weren't irrationally attached to my Schleese I'd get one for myself so I could ride both in the same saddle too!


                        • #13
                          Pelham Saddlery (in NH) is a good source, and you can have saddles shipped to you for a trial period as well.

                          Also, Rick's Heritage Saddlery (in PA) has a good reputation as well.
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                          with world class pedigrees and sport suitability


                          • #14
                            "Which tack shops"

                            I'm not comfortable with buying stuff like that on the internet. I like to get a look at the saddle, flex it, check it for tree damage, and see if it's alright overall before I buy it.

                            There are usually local tack shops that sell used saddles. Call around. There are often tack shops people run out of their homes, and they don't have a lot of ads or web sites. In an area where dressage is popular, lots of used dressage saddles are for sale. I have driven to tack shops a few hours away to look at used saddles; a business trip or vacation can always be co-opted for the purpose.

                            Another place to check is riding club newsletters, ads on tack shop ad boards, etc.

                            Another place to check is with the local dressage and eventing trainers and instructors. Someone almost always has a student selling a saddle.

                            For me, I've always rathered buy a high quality used than a cheap new saddle.


                            • #15
                              AS others said, if you know what it is you want Ebay has the best deals. I have bought a good number off ebay (to also be resold on the same) as various horses out grew saddles or ones I had didn't fit em. My only bad ebay experience was one that was advertised as "like new" and was most certainly more worn that than though still seviceable. FWIW that one was listed by one of those ebay dealers/someone gave it to them to list.....the ones I have had listed by the actual owner/a horse person have been accurately represented. So.....now I will only deal with the "actual owner/no more dealers". I like the Wintecs IF you do not have a wide WB. The Wintecs fit fine for narrow to a med wide horse. When you get up to the W/ XW the front can be opened up but the back is still too narrow and it will start to walk up the withers.
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                              • Original Poster

                                Thanks for all the websites, I too would love to see the saddle but I would have to drive about two hours, which I will probably do just to see before I really commit to anything. But here's another question, which saddles can be adjusted tree wise? That would be something good to look for since his back will be changing with his fitness comes back.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by slc2 View Post
                                  I'm not comfortable with buying stuff like that on the internet. I like to get a look at the saddle, flex it, check it for tree damage, and see if it's alright overall before I buy it.
                                  The omission of "place it on my horse's back to see if it fits" is striking.

                                  Flexing does a whole lot of good.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by dressagedevon View Post
                                    You guys aren't scared of buying a saddle off ebay, what if it doesn't fit? I always buy all my other stuff from there like bridles and halters, but those are no big deal if they don't fit you just give it to a friend who's horse it does fit, but saddles are so hard to fit and whether or not you like the feel.
                                    That's why there are saddle fitters and the option to resell again on ebay.
                                    ADJUSTABLE; http://cgi.ebay.com/Laser-Dressage-S...d=p3286.c0.m14
                                    Last edited by Equibrit; Sep. 21, 2009, 11:26 AM.
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                                    • #19
                                      Don't forget about Passiers. Rick's Heritage Saddlery (saddlesource.com) has some at very reasonable prices and they are totally adjustable. You can go from a narrow to quite wide. I don't think many people realize those trees are totally adjustable. I have the number of a guy who is certified by Passier to adjust the trees, he'll have saddle back to you in under two weeks, and it's under $200. They also feel great for the riders as well.


                                      • #20
                                        not all passiers are adjustable. check the model. The older ones built on the PS-Baum trees are all adjustableby a saddler (or a redneck boyfriend with a vise and crowbar- KIDDING!) and can be had for under $1000 used in decent shape.

                                        $1200-1500 is very cheap for a dressage saddle made from leather. But the wintec Pro is an excellent saddle for most horses and most people and is under your lower number for price.
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