There are three parts to this answer to accommodate three different scenarios:
- If you have ridden in a particular saddle and are trying to find the same thing second hand...
- If you are not familiar with BALANCE saddles (have not had a Test Ride Session with a BALANCE Team Member, a Distance Consultation nor tried a BALANCE saddle that you know you and your horse love).
- You are trying to identify a used saddle.
1. If you have ridden in a particular saddle and are trying to find the same thing second hand...
Things to bear in mind:
- All BALANCE models are DIFFERENT. If you have ridden in an 8X (width) Zenith, but have found an 8X Felix second hand, it will not sit at the same width as the Zenith, and the panels will feel completely different to your horse. (For details about working out exactly what you need, see further FAQs).
- The Style of saddle will affect how wide a saddle will sit on the horse, for example a Jump style will sit wider on the horse than a Dressage or GPD style of the same model and width.
- There are many factors that can affect how an older saddle will feel to your horse, such as how it has been used and cared for. This is especially the case with models that have a Wool-flocked panel, but there can be an impact on a foam-panel saddle as well. For example, you may find one saddle has been cared for very well and has been ridden in by a well-balanced rider on a well balanced horse, and another of the same specifications that has been badly neglected, ridden in by a particularly heavy crooked rider, on a very compromised horse and the two saddles will have become very different from one another.
2. If you are not familiar with BALANCE saddles...
Please be aware that there are a huge number of options within the extensive BALANCE range, and the different models, widths, styles and lengths all have a significant impact on both horse & rider. Please refer to further FAQs in the 'BALANCE Saddle 'Fitting'' section about how to work out what you need to look for second hand.
3. You are trying to identify a used saddle.
Click below or go to the 'Downloads' section to view a document which explains exactly how to identify BALANCE Saddles (both current and discontinued models).
Please be aware that the office is no longer able to look up how old a used saddle is for you. However, in many cases, age is not the best indicator of condition anyway - we have occasionally seen fairly new saddles in surprisingly bad condition, and have often seen very old saddles in fantastic condition.