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question about my used saddle- should I get it fixed?

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  • question about my used saddle- should I get it fixed?

    I need some used saddle advice, I am about to try and sell my used saddle, BUT the issue is that their is a hole near the pommel of the saddle.

    My question is do I bother to get it fixed first? And if so would something like this cost a lot to have fixed? Is it worth it or should I just try selling it with the hole still there?

    I have added some links to some pictures of the saddle with the hole so you can see where the hole is exactly. Their is nothing wrong with the saddle otherwise and is only about 3 years old.

    This is not a sale ad by any means, I am really just wondering what steps I should take in trying to sell this saddle the right way. Thanks all!!!



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  • #2
    Bad news for you: that's one of the most expensive saddle repairs out there. This blog post at Trumbull Mountain Tack Shop explains why:

    You'd be lucky to find someone willing to do it for $500. In other words, you'd probably turn a better profit selling the saddle with damage than you would by selling it after the repair.
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    • #3
      Ditto jn4jenny. The whole seat will have to come out and be replaced in order to make it look normal. I would try selling it first before you go make any expensive repairs for something you don't even want.


      • #4
        Sell it as is and if anyone asks you about it you could suggest that they get it patched. I don't recall off the top of my head what the average charge is for that repair, but it's significantly cheaper than having the seat repaired.
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        • #5
          You might want to call Dover and see if they are willing to replace the saddle - it looks like it might be a manufacturer defect. I know it's not an expensive saddle, but if it's getting normal use, it should still last more than three years, IMO. I've owned a lot of saddles and ridden a lot of horses in them, and none of them have ever busted a seam. In my experience, Dover has wonderful customer service and may be able to help with a replacement or credit.
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          • Original Poster

            Thanks I am actually just trying to sell it as is, I already have another saddle that fits me and my horse much better, I am hoping to be able to sell it the way it is. If I don't have much success I guess I can go the route of seeing if Dover will replace it then go from there....
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            • #7
              Originally posted by bayknight View Post
              Thanks I am actually just trying to sell it as is, I already have another saddle that fits me and my horse much better, I am hoping to be able to sell it the way it is. If I don't have much success I guess I can go the route of seeing if Dover will replace it then go from there....
              I'm sure it would be fine for a lesson saddle or for a beginner. Good luck!
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              • #8
                i called a long time ago about repairing the seat. the repair man told me to use crazy glue to stop the damage from getting worst. i did and never needed the saddle repaired. i still have the saddle from years ago and only use it when my new saddles seem to be in the repair shop.
                another option would be for the buyer to use a fleece saddle seat. then it will not matter if the saddle has a wear spot.


                • #9
                  Would that effect the saddle in any way or is it just cosmetic?
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                  • #10
                    It's just cosmetic.
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                    • #11
                      thanks to jn4jenny for the link with pics!!

                      Have the same problem with a 3 year old Devoucoux. Factory isn't any help. First quote for repair is well over $500.00. After seeing the pics I understand why.

                      sell it as is.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Shamss
                        High quality engllish saddle repair,
                        if your saddle need a new leather seat, new knee pads or new billets.
                        We also readjust foam or wool panels for a better balance and horse back protection.

                        Please don't hesitate to ask for a cotation of your repairs, you can also send us a picture
                        of your saddle, and we will give you all the information you may need.

                        Based in Sebastopol, CA,
                        please contact Shamss at 707-758-1041
                        or at sportsaddleservice@hotmail.com or visit www.sportsaddleservice.com
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                        • #13
                          I like to ride in jeans, but this may be an example of why my trainer says not to....
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