Saddle classifieds can be a great way to get a used saddle fairly cheaply. However, you should always take a few precautions before buying just anything from any saddle classifieds source you come across. As with any saddle, you should make sure that you know the measurements of the horse or horses you want to buy the saddles for, as well as the types of saddles that are best suited to the people who will be using them. Once these particulars have been determined, search your saddle classifieds source of choice for such an item that is in good shape at a good price.
If the saddle classifieds source you are looking at is locally based, you can often see the saddle you are interested in personally before deciding whether or not to buy it. Make sure that the important parts of the saddle are all in good shape, the stitching is strong, and the saddle is likely to be usable for a long time to come. Failing to do so can present a major safety problem for horses and riders alike down the line, so always ask questions!
However, if the saddle classifieds source you are looking at is a national or international site, call or email the seller in question for photographs of the items you are interested in before making any purchases. Many online saddle classifieds will allow sellers to add photos of their wares, but you can also ask that more photos be privately emailed to you as well, so that you might be able to inspect the aforementioned features. Make sure that any saddle classifieds source you use is known to be reputable, and see if there is any way on a national or international online site to rate individual sellers. Choose the best and most cost effective saddles you can find from your saddle classifieds source of choice, and your purchase should last you a very long time, indeed!
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