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How many saddles are too many saddles?

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  • How many saddles are too many saddles?

    I admit that I have a boot fetish. I wonder if I have a saddle fetish now. I have 3 saddles, one for my students, a Wintec all purpose, one I got for free, a Passier Comet, very old but a goody, and one I bought from eBay that didn't quite work out, a KN Akkord, and finally, a Luc Childeric that I ride in all the time.

    But, ... I saw an Equipe Exreme for sale and its new and under $2k. I have ridden in one of these bf, and they are great saddles. I'm so tempted to buy it. But do I need it?

    I had thought about buying a second saddle to ride in, since I don't use any of the others, bc my Childeric is showing some wear. Its hot here and I sweat and it shows on the saddle. So I thought, maybe I should have a second saddle to switch off to.

    The other saddles are used when a there's a student that can use them. But the Passier will probably pass into the school tackroom, and the Wintec and the KN, will be sold on eBay.

    Should I invest in the Equipe? Am I nuts?
  • Original Poster

    Oh, I forgot, I recently purchased a PJ. Its too small for me so I can't use it. I bought it from a woman who is struggling financially and has a horse she needs to place, so I thought the best thing I could do would be to buy her some time. [edit]
    Last edited by Moderator 1; Apr. 14, 2011, 08:14 AM.


    • #3
      btw...you can never have too many saddles!!!


      • #4
        Well, how many horses do you have? Are there specific horses that these saddles fit? Think of the other things you could do with the money used to buy this saddle and the money you might get by selling the other saddles. If you can afford to buy it and keep the others then I guess there is no such thing as too many saddles!
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        • #5
          Honey, they are like shoes!! Clearly your calling in life is to be the Imelda Marcos of saddles. If you can afford it, go for it! Happy buying
          Originally posted by The Saddle
          Perhaps I need my flocking adjusted.


          • Original Poster

            I own one horse, although I have been riding other ones. The other saddles are used when I have a student that fits them. I don't use them on my horse. I only use the Childeric to ride my horse.

            I love, love my Childeric. It will be buried with me. But I think its showing some wear, that's why the thought of a 2nd saddle came to me. Then I saw the Equipe for a good price, and I'm so tempted.

            But you're right, there are certainly other things I could use that money for.


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by rustbreeches View Post
              Honey, they are like shoes!! Clearly your calling in life is to be the Imelda Marcos of saddles. If you can afford it, go for it! Happy buying
              Love it!!!


              • #8
                Buy it. Equipe is getting more popular in America and it's price is going to go up! They are SO SO SO comfy

                And you can never have too many saddles. If by chance you aren't using some, then you need to buy a new horse for the saddle


                • #9
                  I have 11 saddles. There has never been one moment where I've thought, "gosh, I have too many saddles!" I still end up with horses that need something different than what I have. So my vote goes towards picking up the saddle AND keeping all of your others
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                  • #10
                    I hope it's more than 3 as that is how many I have...


                    • #11
                      How many saddles are too many saddles?
                      Is this one of those impossible equations?

                      There is no such thing as to many saddles, Thinks hard, checks for trick questions,

                      Phones a friend,

                      Nope that is my final answer
                      I'm not sure if I grew out of stupid or ran out of brave.

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                      • #12
                        Oh gosh... I have four saddles and one horse.

                        Only one fits him, of course. And it's the most expensive one. Go figure, right?

                        I've been attempting (though admittedly, not very hard) to sell two of the others for some time. Thought I had one sold, but she decided it wasn't working for her horse. Ah well, it's a good saddle, and I don't *really* mind keeping it around in case I ever get another horse that has a County back.

                        Actually I don't mind keeping any of them around, but it does cut into the New Horse Savings Account a bit! Maybe if I get really desperate I'll throw them on eBay.


                        • #13
                          Humm, we have three dressage saddles, three jumping saddles a suede showing saddle and a side-saddle. 4 horses at the moment. It's always good to have a selection!


                          • #14
                            I fear I may be developing a saddle obsession too - I have three saddles and one horse.

                            One doesn't fit him that well (Passier), but it fits another horse my trainer owns perfectly, so I figure why not keep it for now. It's being put to good use, and you never know what it might come in handy for in the furture.

                            I have the Stubben I owned when I bought my horse. It works OK for both me and my horse, and it is a good saddle to hack around the pasture in. So, no plans to sell it.

                            And I recently bought a customized County - love, love, love it. Fits the horse great, fits me great. What more could I ask!

                            This is why I know I may be developing a problem -- I can see myself caving and getting a Devoucoux at some point down the line. It was my second choice after the County, and it really is a gorgeous saddle.

                            So, my vote is that if you like the saddle, and you can afford it, buy it. I doubt you'll regret it!
                            Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion.... ~ Emerson


                            • #15
                              I have two saddles and no horse.

                              I also ADORE my Childeric, and I use that for most everyday riding. I have an older, pretty beat up Stackhouse that was given to me--it doesn't fit me very well but is my go to for putting on babies, anytime I may teach a lesson, and anytime the weather might be a factor. I wouldn't cry if my Stackhouse gets rolled on, set on the ground by a kid, or soaked in the rain, so I keep it around for those adventures.


                              • #16
                                No, you have no where close to too many saddles. If three were too many, I'd be in trouble! Last time I counted (and I try not to), I had 7 for one horse. Some are left over from my last horse but I'm reluctant to sell them because I'm hard to fit and it would be cost prohibitive to replace them.
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                                • #17
                                  They are investments in "infrastructure." Just like roads, you amortize their cost over time.

                                  That having been said, you need to pick saddles that work well for you always. After that, having a selection that fit a wide range of horses is worth doing.

                                  Buying and selling often usually means losing money. I don't think saddles hold their value as they should. Some of that comes from the "planned obsolescence" built into a market that has really changed, as well as the increasing emphasis on saddle fit for the horse and the very wide range of horse shapes people in any one discipline are now trying to saddle up happily.

                                  Keep those gem saddles if they will do a job well that's anywhere in your foreseeable future.
                                  The armchair saddler
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                                  • #18
                                    ahah, love everyone comments.

                                    listen, there is only one thing to say, when it comes to Horses items, there will never be too many!
                                    doesn't matter if its a saddle, bridle, pads, boots,breeches.. ect they can always be reuse, or put away for a while and then start to use it again. if you have the space, and the money, its even better! even without the space or money, US , aka HORSE PEOPLE, will always find that last penny, that last spot in the tack room, to fit new horsey items
                                    I dont own a horse right now but go figure, I have pads, saddle, bridles, halters, horses boots, paddock boots, polo wraps, standing wraps, ect... im not using everything right now, and it does take part of my living room but I dont care
                                    and any time i can, i buy new things


                                    • #19
                                      I have never owned my own horse and have had as many as 4 saddles at a time


                                      • #20
                                        I recently realized I had 4 saddles and no horse. If you have the space, hang on to them - you never know when you might need that old saddle that the baby might roll on, or the one for the tiny kid riding your horse, or the huge one for when you eat too many brownies. Be prepared.