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Used or Abused?

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What should I look for in a used saddle?

Used or Abused?

It's in your best interest to buy your Australian stock saddles brand new from a trustworthy source. However, if this is something your checkbook won't allow, you should at least make an informed purchase. Before picking up a used saddle, have a qualified saddler examine it for you. A professional will be able to identify internal and external damage. Additionally, you will need to speak to a fitter about properly fitting the saddle to your animal.

Examine the saddle thoroughly for signs of wear and tear. Look for cracks and peeling (especially around the stirrups and girth). Even if you believe the damage is minimal, get a second opinion from a professional before purchasing.

If you notice any signs of alteration, ask the seller what occurred. Was the saddle so severely damaged that it had to be reconstructed? If so, that could mean the saddle was poorly made, and you might want to look at other options. On the other hand, if only a minor alteration was made, like the restitching of a seam, there is no reason to be alarmed. A minor cosmetic alteration is probably not a big deal but the complete replacement of something is an entirely different story. However, you'll still want to ask a professional saddler's opinion before making a decision.

Once you get the OK from a professional and you've given the saddle a good examination, you should be good to go. Happy trails!

   

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