What to look out for when buying a second hand saddle?

Equine Pursuit provides an easy to use platform for finding second hand saddles for sale, but what should you be aware of before parting with your hard-earned money…

Where possible we always advise buyers to get a qualified master saddler to check the condition of the saddle prior to purchase but if you can’t do this then our top tips are;

1. Avoid saddles with brand names you have never heard off.

Do your research about whether the saddle is a legitimate brand or not, you don’t want to end up with a dodgy replica that is nowhere near fit for purpose!

2. Check there aren’t any creases running along the seat or any other wear and tear.

Creases can often indicate a more serious problem, like a broken tree. Make sure you also check the stitching, girth straps and cantle to make sure there are no signs of damage. Scuffs and scratches on the cantle can indicate a saddle has been dropped.

3. Double check the size.

A saddle might be advertised as a medium wide because its owner thinks their horse is medium wide. Always ask for a picture of the stamp showing the size of the saddle and get the saddle’s serial number (if it has one) so you can contact the original manufacturer to verify key facts e.g. the size and model.

4. Check to see if the seller has any reviews/feedback from previous buyers.

On the Equine Pursuit website you can click onto a persons profile to see all their adverts and to read any feedback that has been left by other customers. This can give you an indication as to how reliable and trustworthy the seller is.

And don’t forget…

When you have decided which saddle to buy, make sure you pay for it using a payment mechanism that offers some protection e.g. Paypal goods and services (not friends and family). Avoid cash if you want any hope of a refund if things go wrong!