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  • Sell saddle?

    My horse is retired. After a year at pasture it is apparent he will not ever be riding sound. As I can only afford one at a time, I am not riding now. In the Spring I may look into a partial lease or something of the sort (if my health issues dont interfere )

    So I have a dressage saddle I'm not using. I think I am going to sell it. There are a couple of people at the barn that might be interested. If not, there is a local tack shop that does consignments. I like the saddle but dont love it.
    Will I regret selling it? Do partial leases usually include using the horse's (owner's) saddle?

  • #2
    I partial lease my horse to someone and it does not include use of my saddle. Other tack, yes, but not the saddle.

    I have also leased a horse before - I received the horse with no tack provided.

    It all depends. Whatever you and the lessor agree to.
    Born under a rock and owned by beasts!


    • #3
      The saddle has to fit two places ... Your butt and the back of "A" horse. Since you don't know if the new horse will fit the old saddle and you don't care greatly about the saddle ... you might also like the new horse in a different style of riding. ... Sell it.

      PS : I have a Stubben that I really like but no horse that it fits. Its been on my saddle rack for 10 years.
      Equus makus brokus but happy


      • #4
        It's a piece of equipment that will only depreciate, so sell it. In a fluid market (i.e. one where people have access to the information about the stuff for sale) you're almost always better off selling the things that you don't need. The argument I hear a lot is "but I paid $XXX for it, and I will only get $YYY now, OMG, I can't afford to lose $XXX - $YYY" But of course, in reality you've always lost the depreciation on the asset, and there is no reason to lose any more. Liquidating the asset does not lock you in to the loss - you're already locked in! If in 2 years time, by any strange quirk of fate, you need *exactly* that saddle, then you will more than likely* be able to buy it again for $YYY - (another 2 years' depreciation).

        *unless of course the internet becomes extinct, ebay is superseded by bureaucratic cartels and the US of A goes Communist.


        • #5
          Originally posted by KateWooten View Post

          *unless of course the internet becomes extinct, ebay is superseded by bureaucratic cartels and the US of A goes Communist.
          You forgot Dec 21, 2012- end of the world/mayan calandar.
          To the OP sell now for all of the above reasons.
          A pussycat of a horse with a chewed off tail won the triple crown, The Cubs won the world series and Trump won the Presidency.
          Don't tell me 'It can't be done.'


          • #6
            Originally posted by hosspuller View Post
            The saddle has to fit two places ... Your butt and the back of "A" horse. Since you don't know if the new horse will fit the old saddle and you don't care greatly about the saddle ... you might also like the new horse in a different style of riding. ... Sell it.

            PS : I have a Stubben that I really like but no horse that it fits. Its been on my saddle rack for 10 years.
            ^This. I sell saddles that sit for too long, and the 2 dressage saddles I have left both fit me and have fully adjustable trees - so can be adjusted to fit he horse.
            Now in Kentucky


            • #7
              I went through countless "cheap" saddles (buying/selling) before I finally found an awesome deal on a high quality saddle for my wide backed QH. Similarly, I tried out a lot of saddles before I finally found a good quality saddle to fit my Arab.

              Fast forward a few years and both horses were retired (one due to age, the other due to soundness). I hung onto the saddles for awhile but finally had to sell them because we really needed the money. Both were Western saddles, and I'd decided if/when I got back into riding it would be with an English discipline.

              My heart still hurts sometimes when I think about those saddles. I know I did the right thing selling them... but part of me still wishes I'd kept them in the off chance they would've fit another horse.