Selling a saddle

By Rosemary on Thursday, the 1st of March, 2018

We're often asked after someone has sold their horse or pony what's the best way of finding a new home for an unwanted saddle?....

If you are not in need of the saddle any more, the first thing to do is to find out the current value of it. The best way to do this is to take it to your local Master Saddler to get it valued.

It may be that a straight sale to them will result, but certainly it would be a good idea to have the saddle checked for safety for a small fee, then if needed, made safe, either for a private sale or it can be advertised in equine publications and social media.

It is best to always recommend the purchaser needs to get the fit checked by a Qualified Saddle Fitter.


January Top Tip

By Rosemary on Monday, the 22nd of January, 2018


   At this time of year we experience a higher number of calls from customers concerned about rub marks at the back edge of the saddle. This of course could be a sign that your saddle needs checking. It could mean that the saddle width/balance needs a small adjustment which is not unusual coming through winter, as many horses are at their slimmest.
   However if this isn't the case and you have recently had your saddle checked or your horse is very happy in his/her saddle, then it is most likely you are seeing the natural movement at the back  of the saddle which it should have. It can become more noticeable due to the coat change they will now be experiencing at this time of year.
   You may also notice additional rubbing around the edges of the numnah, especially if it has a firm binding. This can also be due to coat change.
   We recommend to apply a little show sheen to the small area that has rubbed to help the saddle cloth glide over a little more easily.
   BUT, be very careful not to apply under the saddle and to wash your hands before riding, as slippery saddles or reins are not advisable! 

   If you have any concerns regarding rub marks please call us here at Martin Wilkinson Saddlers, we will be happy to chat with you and offer advice.


Hello and Welcome!!

By Rosemary on Monday, the 22nd of January, 2018

Hi and welcome to the Martin Wilkinson Saddlers blog! In this blog we will keep you updated with what's happening at Martin Wilkinson, give you hints and tips on keeping you and your horse comfortable and performing well and generally share our experience and expertise!  We'll give you a heads up on any new research, saddles and other equipment so that you are kept as up to date as us.  If there are any particular topics you would like us to blog about then do contact us on www.martinwilkinson.com - exciting times ahead!!

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Selling a saddle

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January Top Tip
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