Saddles - On Line Purchases - With Age Does Not Always Come Wisdom!
Well, the title of my post should tell it all! I feel SO stupid. But, I have learned a valuable lesson and just wanted to pass it on to those who may be learning like me. I live on a budget and wanted to find a "good deal" when I was searching for a Western Saddle. I am a very trusting person and take people's word for what they say it is. Well, living on a tight budget, one of my friends advised me to look on the web for a saddle. (My first mistake.) But, when looking, I felt that I was careful, I even talked directly to the store owners and told them exactly what I wanted and needed. They even sent me pictures. They told me that the saddles were made of real leather, even went as far as helping me find an even better deal that wasn't advertised and made me a better deal. I purchased more than one saddle. The first saddle was not returnable. The catch? It had to be returned within a week if I didn't like it. It took 14 days to get to me. The man was a real jerk. There's more. So, I went on and searched from a more reputable company. I was pleased with the saddles and purchased two. Unfortunately, after riding in the first one, I found it to be extremely uncomfortable, and the second one didn't fit my horse. The company would take it back, but they have to take a 15% restocking fee off of my return and I have to pay for shipping. Not that bad, but I still don't have a saddle. I feel extremely stupid. So, after all that, I talked to some people who actually KNEW about saddles and here is what I found out . . . I was so ripped off! Other than being poorly made, the saddles aren't even leather!!! If my horse ever tried to throw me, chances are, my stirrup could have come off because of how poorly the saddles were made. So, what I have done is to take all of the saddles that I purchased and went to a store that I know locally who fix saddles and sells them too. He is going to take all of my saddles, (I am loosing so much), and he is going to trade me for a good saddle (and I will still owe $), but I will get a good saddle out of it. Plus, he is going to bring the new saddle out to where my horses are to make sure that the new saddle fits and that it fits me before he will even sell it to me. Finally, someone to help me. Never purchase online! You need to try any saddle you are buying on your horse first. Take it from someone who has screwed up TOO many times. I hope this post helps someone. I wish I had of had someone to help me. Sorry this story was so long, but I just had to get this story out.