And would like you guys advice on the best way to go about it...
My boy currently has a lovely Black Country top end GP saddle that was brought new just over a year ago and was around £1300 new, it is in lovely condition and is a generally very nice saddle....
However as we dont jump anymore and have been trying our hand at a spot of dressage I would like to get him a dressage saddle instead as I find they give me a far better position anyway. My queries are: Will saddlers part exchange in my current saddle against one of theirs? Would I get a good exchange price for it or are saddlers out to 'get' me? Does anyone know any saddlers in Bucks that would have a good selection to choose from? I would love an Ideal as any I have ever ridden in were sooooo comfortable and im not fussed about new or second hand. The only saddler I have personally used specialises in native and showing saddles so he isnt much use to me at the moment!
I can't answer for saddlers as I'm in Ireland, but I can vouch for the Ideal Jessica. I bought one second hand and it is like riding on a cloud. I have blocks which I put high enough if we want to ride short on a faster hack. Heavier mind you than the Ideal Event GP I once had, but so comfortable. I would try if possible to keep a GP on hand or consider a VSD, as the dressage saddle really will whop you in the backside over any sort of jump and you might want to pop one occassionaly.
The Saddles Direct website is a good place to get an idea of what a make of saddle in great condition would make second hand.
Slaver, pant... WOW... ooh! Just popped onto that website and in very good condition the Black Country GP appear to run from £500-£600, which reflects that dramatic fall once you 'drive a saddle off the lot' like a car. They are clearly, highly desirable and flying out of there.
tbh, if you've got a good saddler then stick with him. If he knows how to fit a saddle then he'll know how to fit a saddle, regardless of the horse type. Yes you should be able to trade yours in but I wouldn't expect you to get more than 50% of it's original cost.
Post by specialized on Dec 23, 2011 12:44:15 GMT 1
I agree with the others re part-exchange, it will obviously depend on what you are buying but 50% of new price is probably the best you will get. However it does mean that you get a sale on the day and do not have to worry about selling it privately.
I was hoping to part ex Blaze's Albion Selecta when we bought a new saddle for Jas, but my saddler wouldn't do part ex, she said she would take the saddle and sell for us in her shop, but I know people whose saddles have been in there for months and not sold. So I sold it privately. £500 - 600 sounds about right for a Black Country, second hand.
Blaze, Jasmine and Marygold.
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