An older quality saddle may still have some value, but a newer model will likely fetch a higher price. When assessing the value of a saddle, always look at the key characteristics of a saddle. A saddle made of high-quality leather has a higher value than a saddle made of inferior leather.
Be sure to have the manufacturer’s name and logo stamped prominently on the saddle. Check on the back, skirts or on a plate under the jockey. Contact the saddle manufacturer for information on the age of the saddle. Most manufacturers can tell the age of the saddle by looking at the serial number.
On average, a horse saddle costs around $500. But as we have just said, the price of horse saddles is influenced by many factors and can therefore vary greatly from saddle to saddle. While some saddles are as low as $100, others can cost as much as $8,000 or more. Let’s break these prices down for you.
The most popular price for used saddles is $500-$600, but that’s often not an accurate market value. Especially when it comes to the import saddles which can have a new retail price of $450…make sure you are not paying too much for a poor quality import saddle.
Look under the flap for the name, country of origin and any identifying serial number. These are often stamped on the sweat plate or under the leg flap near the webbing. Common saddle brands are Crosby, Kieffer and Steuben, but there are many others.
Selling a Saddle Locally on Local Classifieds
Reach local buyers through online classifieds (like Craigslist) or through local horse owner groups (such as regional groups for your breed or riding discipline on Facebook). This is often the most profitable way to sell a used horse saddle.
The first two digits are the seat size. These are either 16, 17 or 18 for seat size in inches. The next two numbers in the block of four are the tree size in centimetres.
Depending on the age of your saddle, your serial number is either on a sewn-in label or on the bottom flap of your saddle.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Buford became well known for its leather production, becoming prominently associated with the leather industry and earning the nickname “The Leather City”. Buford became a major manufacturer of leather products including saddles, horse collars, bridles and shoes.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the record for the most expensive saddle ever sold is now a staggering $653,234 or £432,310. This particular saddle belonged to the Crown Prince of Dubai, Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and was sold at a charity auction in November 2015.
As one pawnbroker told The Hustle, “Anything that can be pawned will be pawned: wedding rings, shotguns, antique horse saddles, prosthetic limbs, any electronic device imaginable. p>
Off-the-shelf models often cost hundreds of dollars. New saddles can be found for less than $500, but they are often of poor quality, particularly the leather and fittings. Custom saddles are more expensive and can sell for thousands of dollars depending on the design and details of the saddle.
Posted on August 2, 2017. Dry patches are most commonly seen behind the horse’s shoulder at the withers. This comes from the stirrup bars and tree tops of the saddle. The dry patches can be an indicator of a saddle fit with no movement or airflow in that area and can be positive.
Using a tape measure, measure from the center of the knob on the pommel (front of the saddle) to the center of the cantle (back of the saddle). For most adult saddles, this is around 17″.