Everyone wants the best deal they can get on a new saddle. if the price is high in their opinion, they ask why so much! If the price is too low in their view, they ask, how can you make a saddle for that low of a price?
This is why we stress to focus on value for your dollar. Every saddle maker has to structure his pricing according to their own circumstances and moral values.
wanna get rich? charge more!
have lots of business related expenses? charge more!
Low or High prices is not an indicator of high quality or good value. rather value is determined by the maker and the finished product.
we offer a saddle at an entry price of 2,250.00. How can we do this? first, a low overhead means we don't have to charge as much as others and still make a fair profit. second, we cut the labor down by trying to eliminate time consuming features. so, our entry level saddles are all rough-out. third, the materials are the basic quality and without choices. for example: we have a choice of tree makers which means various prices are available. entry level saddles have lower priced trees that have a proven history of strength, and good fitting bars for your horse. we do not want any complaints or returns due to broken or miss-fitting trees. fourth, the next area to economize is the stirrups and hardware. Usually the stirrups are not covered, made of galvanized and wood and the hardware is stainless steel. again no upgrades are available on the base saddle.
so, What about value? the base saddle is made with the same workmanship and domestic leather as all the other higher prices saddles. every saddle is individually made the same way by myself.
higher priced saddles every saddle starts at the base price and goes up from there, depending on the changes and add-ons. some things that increase the price are custom trees, custom hardware. stitching and lining, stirrups that are leather covered and tooled to match the saddle, or brass or monel bound, perhaps extra wide bell bottoms, silver work and extensive tooling. any number of such changes can affect the finished price by several hundreds of dollars!
please, get to know your saddle maker! call him, ask questions, educate your self about the saddle you want as best as you can. any trustworthy saddle maker will be happy to take the time to answer all your questions.
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