Used Saddle Pick of the Week: 16″ Martin Trail Saddle
The “Used Saddle Pick of the Week”
Every week we scour the Internet searching for a particularly juicy bargain on a high quality used western saddle and feature it here on the WSG Saddle Blog. The saddles featured are listed for sale on ebay as of the date of the post.
Checking out our Picks each week will give you some great insight into buying used saddles. Make sure to click through to the actual listing to see all of the photos and description from the seller.
The Western Saddle Guide is not the seller of the saddles featured and does not make any representations about them. We encourage all potential buyers to do their own due diligence on the seller and the saddle before purchasing.
LAST WEEK’S PICK:
We chose a tried-and-true brand last week – a 16″ Hereford Trail Saddle – that generated six bids. Unfortunately, the highest bid price of $275 didn’t meet the seller’s reserve price and the saddle went unsold. That’s two weeks in a row that the “Pick” didn’t meet the seller’s reserve. Seems sellers and buyers aren’t on the same page these days. ebay doesn’t show you what the reserve price is, so I don’t know how much the $275 was short, but I think this saddle would have been worth in the $350 range.
This week’s saddle is a <>16″ Martin Trail Saddle. Martin Saddlery makes quality production saddles with high quality materials and construction methods. Martin saddles will have very long lives if well cared for. They’re best known for their competition saddles, but all of their saddles are solid.
This week’s saddle is a very well cared for saddle with few miles on it. The seller has done a great job of posting quite a few photos to really show off the saddle.
The listing for this saddle is set up as a “Buy it Now” or “Best Offer” auction, with a “Buy it Now” price of $1500. Now, this saddle is well over $2000 new, so I understand the seller’s reasoning, but I think he’s being a bit unrealistic as to what you can get on the used market these days.
So, if you’re looking for a quality trail saddle that will take care of you the rest of your riding days, I’d definitely look seriously at this saddle. But, use the “Make Offer” option and see if you can reach a deal with the seller at a bit more reasonable price.
We present the Saddle Blog’s Used Saddle of the Week:
<>16″ Martin Trail Saddle
Check out other Trail Saddles for sale in our tack shop.