Used Western Saddles
Below are used Western saddles for sale on eBay. 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. If a seller claims a saddle is made by a certain maker, do they offer proof by showing a maker's mark in the photos of the saddle? (Note: A maker's mark might be anywhere on a used saddle, not just where shown in the photo.)
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Used Western Saddles - Good Things To Know Before You Buy
- How old is the used saddle?
- Just how used is the saddle? Does the seller clearly state that the saddle is barely used, heavily used, etc.?
- Are there several clear pictures of the saddle? In most cases you will want photos of the saddle from all angles, including underneath. If the seller describes any damage to the saddle (scuffs, tears, etc.) are these shown in the photographs? If you do not feel the seller is showing enough photographs of the saddle, ask them for more before you bid or buy.
- If the seller claims the saddle is a certain brand or make, do the photos show a stamp or other mark on the saddle to back up their claim? These stamps or marks can be located in any number of places on a saddle.
- Does the saddle come with or
without cinches, stirrups, latigos, billets, a breast collar, etc.? It would not
be unusual for a used Western saddle to come with or without any of these items, so
you should know exactly what you are, and are not, getting.
- If the saddle does come with any of the items mentioned above, are they also clearly described and shown in the photos?
- What will the shipping charges be? Remember, a saddle can be heavy to ship. Make sure you know what the shipping charges are before you buy the saddle.
- Will the seller ship to your area? How soon will the saddle be shipped after you pay for it?
- What payment methods does the seller accept? How soon after the sale do you have to pay for your purchase? An increasing number of eBay sellers are getting tired of buyers who take a long time to pay for their item. Some of these sellers are now requiring the item be paid for within a certain time frame or the sale is off. Read the item's description for acceptable payment times and terms.
- Every eBay item for sale has a "Seller info" area. Be sure to check this area to view the feedback that previous buyers have left for that particular seller.
- If you have any questions on a used Western saddle be sure to ask the seller before you bid. Look for the "Ask a question" link in the "Questions and answers about this item" area to ask your questions.
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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