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Thursday, 28 September 2017

My Saddle Has a Birthday

I have been scouring the facebook market for something used that would save me and my tiny bank account from buying a custom saddle for Henry and I.




I didn't find a lot that would work for me (giant humans need long flaps) but I did find a few that would work for Henry.  I hummed and hawed. 




Can't stop using this pic because H looks so handsome






The used market just isn't cheap enough in Canada, if I'm only going to save $1000 - might as well just get everything I want and have it be brand new.  Not that $1000 is no money (it's a lot of friggin money) but when you're already spending that kind of cash, you should get what you want.


I decided that I would pull my Amerigo out of the tack shop on November 8th (I signed a contract that I had to leave it in their shop for a minimum of 90 days - that's day 90) and sell it for super cheap, and get my damn saddle ordered. 




Soon I will have dis (with a longer flap)






I texted the Equipe rep to let her know that I was still interested and my ballpark timeline of when I'd be ordering.  She told me that she would take the Amerigo on consignment and I would get that credit towards my new saddle.  Like when you buy a new car and they take your old car and give you credit towards your new car.   Which is awesome.  She made me a very fair offer on what kind of credit I'd get too (more than I would been asking for it in my original post-November 8 fire sale idea).


So my new saddle's birthday is November 8th. 






I'll keep saving up in the meantime of course but at least I know I can order it then for sure.  If the Amerigo happens to sell sooner I will order sooner.








I will hit the thanksgiving/Christmas breaks so I would anticipate it would arrive in December (maybe) or January (more likely). 


41 days to my saddle's b-day! 

28 comments:

  1. Ahhh! So exciting. I am also on the saddle hunt for Annie and it's been frustrating!

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    1. Yay - thanks! Saddle hunting is the worst, I hope you guys find something soon :)

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  2. So exciting! I'm currently experiencing the opposite problem - need a wide tree and a SHORT flap and everything is long!

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    1. That's too funny, I can't seem to find anything BUT short flaps haha!

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  3. I hope it all works out for you and you get your new saddle sooner than later. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks me too! I can't wait for it to get here :)

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  4. That's exciting! I really hope this custom saddle experience works out a lot better for you than the previous time. That's awesome that they are giving you trade in value for your old saddle

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    1. Me too! They have given me some very good guarantees (in writing) that if it doesn't fit when it arrives they will re-make it for me, so that's a bit reassuring. :)

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    2. Written guarantees are gold, well done!

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  5. Congrats!! I lucked out and found my short flap xw tree used, and for cheap, but you're so right, our used market here in Canada is often crazy priced and I did have to make some compromises in fit and comfort for myself. I've seen saddles < 5 years old and they're asking more than new price... and like "save the taxes!" Um, no thanks, like you say for the difference it makes far more sense to order new and get exactly what you want. I'm excited for your saddle to be 'born'! :)

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    1. I would be open to buying something from the US if our dollar wasn't so lousy right now! Yeah I love the 5 year old saddles that cost like 500 less than brand new... wtf people haha. I can't wait for my saddle to be born :D

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  6. That is super exciting! I can't imagine having a saddle made for myself. Sounds lovely.

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    1. Thanks! I hope it goes better than the last time haha :)

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  7. Yay! So exciting! I very much like when they give you a fair deal on a trade in.

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    1. Yep that clinched it for me. I can't waiiiit :D

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  8. I agree with your train of thought. If you're going to spend big bucks (*faint*) then you should spend it getting what you actually want!

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    1. That's kind of what it came down to for me, if we had a more robust used market in Canada for equipes I would have maybe been a little more open (and have actually found what I wanted) but I think this is a good call :)

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