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How to Shop Smart When Buying Used Saddles

A saddle is the most significant purchase you’ll make as a horse owner (besides the horse, of course). Going the second-hand route can be a cost-effective way to get the saddle you want without necessarily breaking the bank. Lynn Whitney launched her online shop UsedSaddles.ca in 2014 after many years of helping boarders at her Whitney Stables in Acton, Ontario, find their next saddles. Consignment sellers send their saddles to Whitney, who then takes care of the entire sales process from cleaning and conditioning, taking necessary measurements and photographs, payment, shipping, enquiries, etc., for a flat listing fee of $200 per saddle. The Pros of Pre-Owned Saddles She says there are a number of benefits to buying used: You can usually get a higher-quality saddle for your budget. Access to a wider range of brands. It’s a better investment than new. You won’t face the steep depreciation in initial value…

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