Used Western Saddles
Below are used Western saddles for sale from HorseSaddleShop.com. The right used saddle can save a lot of money and still be a great saddle. There is usually an excellent selection in all price ranges.
Please scroll down, underneath the saddles for sale, for a brief article on good things to know before buying a used Western saddle, and for information on understanding saddle rigging positions.
At right: The arrow is pointing to a maker's mark on a saddle. Many, but not all saddles, will have a maker's mark identifying the maker of the saddle. Note: A maker's mark might be anywhere on a used saddle (for example, on the latigo keeper and other places), not just where shown in the photo.
Used Western Saddles - Good Things To Know Before You Buy
The used saddles for sale on HorseSaddleShop.com have been sent to them from people all across the USA. These folks use the professional services of HorseSaddleShop to clean and inspect their saddle, describe it and represent it accurately, then send the saddle to its new owner. HorseSaddleShop calls it their risk-free program for used saddles. Their saddle experts are picky, and accept only the best used saddles for sale. After the seller has sent them a saddle they put it through their own reconditioning process, which includes:
- They inspect the saddle tree and leather parts for soundness. Their in-house saddle experts replace or repair parts of the saddle if needed.
- They thoroughly clean and oil the saddle.
- They measure the saddle tree and seat themselves, instead of merely going by what the seller tells them. (They know from experience that too many horse owners do not know how to accurately measure parts of a saddle.)
- All saddles are professionally photographed to accurately represent the saddle. The photos are never "photoshopped" in order to make the saddle look better, or to misrepresent it.
- The used saddle is offered with free shipping and a two week return policy.
Above: A used Western trophy saddle.
The photo to the left is of a used Western trophy saddle. A "trophy" saddle is a saddle that was originally given as an award, or trophy.
Trophy saddles often make good deals for people shopping for used Western saddles.
Western Saddle Rigging Positions
When buying a new or used Western saddle, it's important to understand rigging positions. Here is a quick breakdown of what those common rigging positions mean.
Full Rigging: The front cinch position is the full distance from the cantle to the pommel. This puts the front cinch directly beneath the pommel of the saddle.
7/8 Rigging: The front cinch position is 7/8 of the distance from the cantle to the pommel. This puts the front cinch a little farther back than a full rigged saddle.
3/4 Rigging: The front cinch position is 3/4 of the distance from the cantle to the pommel. This puts the front cinch a little farther back than a 7/8 rigged saddle.
Center Fire Rigging: The front cinch position is (approximately) centered between the cantle and the pommel.
More Saddle Rigging Terms
Single Rigged: This means there is a front cinch, but not a back cinch (sometimes called a "flank cinch"). The term "single rigged," by itself, does not let you know the position of the front cinch (full, 7/8, etc.).
Double Rigged: This means there is a front cinch and a back cinch. The term "double rigged," by itself, does not let you know the position of the front cinch (full, 7/8, etc.).
Full Double Rigged: This means there is a front cinch and a back cinch, and that the front cinch is in the "full" rigged position (the full distance from the cantle to the pommel).
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