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  • 14" Bevel saddle

    I found a used 14" Bevel, in good condition, for $600. Is this a good deal, or not?

  • #2
    Maybe....maybe not here are two used Bevels for under $400 : http://www.allthebestusedsaddles.com/ although it looks like the smaller ones are harder to find used....
    "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


    • Original Poster

      But, my daughter is only 2 1/2, so REALLY need a 14". I clicked on the website above & no 14" Bevel's. There was a 14" Pessoa. Isn't Bevel better than Pessoa?


      • #4
        That is a good price for a Bevel, or any saddle in good condition in that size. It's hard to find 14-15" saddles and when you do they are usually beat up a bit.


        • #5
          From a quick Ebay search that seems like a decent deal (although there is a 15'' on there right now for just $300), especially since your daughter will not outgrow it too quickly.


          • #6
            Buy it now, take good care of it, and sell it when your daughter is 10 for $575. You will lose nothing.
            I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry


            • #7
              I'd buy it. I paid $500 for mine.. But it's pretty old.
              Teneriffe Enterprises- NW Indiana


              • #8
                I think it depends on the model. I had a 14 in Beval LTD for my daughter last summer which put her in a terrible chair seat. Sold it for what I paid and bought her a Pessoa pony, much better. But i know people prize the Beval Juniors...


                • #9
                  Originally posted by PRS View Post
                  Maybe....maybe not here are two used Bevels for under $400 : http://www.allthebestusedsaddles.com/ although it looks like the smaller ones are harder to find used....
                  Just to let you know, that was the amount of money that you SAVED, not the actual price of the saddle. They were actually well over $1000. Don't worry...I made the same mistake when I looked...very easy to misunderstand!

                  Back to the topic at hand, OP, I think that's a pretty good price. Those tiny saddles are hard to find, so I'd say snag this one up while it's still available!
                  Originally posted by MistyPony
                  In all my years of riding, gravity is the one thing that has never failed on me!


                  • #10
                    Not all Bevals are created equal. I'm no expert, but some models are made in Argentina and are noticeably lower in quality than those made in England. Even more difficult to follow is that some models vary in quality from year to year. In other words, not all "Juniors" are equivalent in quality depending on their year of manufacture. This is very frustrating when trying to buy on eBay.

                    So $600 may be way too much to pay for a used one made in Argentina (especially when you can almost buy a new one for that price). But it may be a steal for one of the higher quality saddles.
                    "I always remember you as quite the desk chair contrarian." - APirateLooksAtForty


                    • #11
                      If it's a Beval Jr. that would be quite a good price for it, and if it's in good shape, you would be able to sell it for that price down the line.

                      If you call Beval's I'm sure they will be able to advise you about current values for their saddles--they usually have a pretty good used saddle inventory, and their prices are quite fair.

                      If your daughter is only 2, though, you will probably be better off starting in a leadline saddle.
                      Inner Bay Equestrian


                      • #12

                        These are the Beval Jr. and this is how they are normally priced. I at one point had three--a 13", a 14", and a 15".

                        I still have the 13" and it is not for sale (I still have the pony that 'owns' the saddle, too).

                        The 14" I bought for $800 used, in excellent condition. The price of the saddles went up, I kept it in good shape, and I was able to sell it for $900 several years later.

                        The 15" was beat up when we got it; the knee rolls were worn through--I got it for a very low price, even considering that. When I offered it for sale, it put off buyers, but I sold it to a saddler, who repaired it himself, and sold it for good profit!

                        I think they are great little saddles, and I love to put the kids in them, but they can be hard to find.
                        Inner Bay Equestrian


                        • Original Poster

                          I bought it. The seller came down a little more, so even with tax it was still under $600. My friend was at the same horse show, so there will be NO shipping charge...BONUS!!
                          Time to pass the leadline saddle on to the next little rider.
                          Now to find some tiny stirrup leathers. We used black nylon dog collars on the leadline saddle.


                          • #14
                            get custom leathers from Gary Mundy


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mayaty02 View Post
                              get custom leathers from Gary Mundy
                              This is what I did for LMEqT. She has multiple sets as Gary sent her a free pair once, the other supposedly had a minor flaw.. That I could never find. What a nice man.

                              Her first pair are tiny, with her initial and a flower. Keepsakes
                              "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
                              The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances.


                              • Original Poster

                                Thank you so much for the Gary Mundy reference. I have never heard of him and never would have found him. I sent an e-mail and he replied immediately. His prices are VERY resonable. I will definately order a few pairs as she grows.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Berry0317 View Post
                                  Thank you so much for the Gary Mundy reference. I have never heard of him and never would have found him. I sent an e-mail and he replied immediately. His prices are VERY resonable. I will definately order a few pairs as she grows.
                                  another convert! Great, he is the best.