For those of us on a tight budget, buying used horse equipment may be the way to go. Before stopping at your first "barn sale" however, there are a few things you should know before you buy. You want to make sure what you are buying is worth the price you are paying or you'll just be throwing your money away.
Remember the importance of safety. First off, you want to make sure that used saddle fits you and your horse. After that, look closely to make sure it's safe and that nothing is broken or in poor condition.
Check the tree on the saddle; some are made of wood and others of plastic. The tree is what the saddle is built on and is the most important piece to check. If the saddle has a flexible tree, the "give" should be even the whole way through. Watch for wrinkles in the leather as they may indicate a cracked bar.
Check the webbing to watch for wear. Make sure the girth is strong and won't give out while you're riding. Remember to also check the stirrup bars, they should be secure.
During your inspection, turn the saddle upside down to check out the underneath side as well. The panels should be smooth, indicating that the material inside hasn't broken down. Watch for any screws or nails that may be popping out - your horse will appreciate it!
What is the general appearance of the horse equipment? Does it look like it has been well cared for? Is the stitching intact and strong? Watch out for anything that looks like it's rotten, as there will probably be rot in other areas as well.
Make sure to check things out thoroughly when buying any horse equipment, but especially if you are buying used. You want to make sure what you are buying is going to last. If it started out as a quality saddle and is still in good condition, buying used can be a great deal.
If you buy something that you have to spend a lot of money repairing, you may not end up saving money after all. Remember to check for any worn parts that could become a safety issue. Saving money on equipment isn't a bargain if you have to spend time in a hospital bed.
- A Little History of AA Callister
- In 1952, Arthur A. Callister began trading wool with his father in a little shop on Redwood Road in Salt Lake City, Utah. Noticing how many customers were in need of quality tack to outfit themselves and their horses, AA Callister's Western Wear and Tack was born! Over 50 years and many satisfied customers we are still a family owned tack shop still located on the original site. We are proud to represent the traditions and lifestyles that made the West famous. We are also proud to feature some of the finest tack, clothing, and equipment made. Come live part of the American West today!