Care to offer an opinion on the sale value of a saddle?
The panels are toast, cracked with the latex showing. There is a small (less than 1/2" in diamater) hole in one of the skirts where it rubbed through because of the stirrup leathers. It's not been well loved at times, but I've been trying to recondition the leather back. It's soft, and supple, no major scratches or dings beyond the above mentioned. I keep it conditioned and oiled and our tack room is climate controlled. I've had it for two years and it's always been covered and cleaned after every ride since I got it. The seat is hard as a rock.
HOWEVER, the tree is in great condition, the saddle fits a wide variety of horses although it does run on the narrower side, it puts you in EXACTLY the right position for jumping. Offers an older more conservative very close contact feel. People who ride in it when they're done complaining about the hard seat heap praises on it for the position it puts them in and the feel of the horse under them. In other words, with some investment in the panels it'd actually be a very nice jumping saddle.
I'm considering selling it because I'm gearing up to take a multi-year hiatus from riding soon and my trainer switched me back to a dressage saddle. I really just am a much better rider in a deeper dressage seat. Although an Hermes Steinkraus won't lose value if I keep it well oiled and stored sensibly for 5-10 years, I also don't mind pulling a little cash out of it and sending it on to its next new home.
We have a local tack sale that benefits some local equestrian organizations. It takes place in someone's arena on a Saturday and we all take turns buying each other's stuff. In light of this, if I were to sell it, I'd ask less than if I let it go on consignment in a tack store. The girl who gave it to me didn't ask for any money when I got it, but did say if I ever sold it on she'd want $250, the tack sale will take a 10% commission for anything over $500 (which goes to the equestrian organizations, so whatever, I think of it like a donation!). So I'd want enough out of it to pay the $250 to my friend, cover the commission, and still leave a penny or four in my pocket, but still cheap enough someone would be getting a deal.
Any suggestions on what to price it as?
Or if any of you are interested, I can take pictures and discuss selling it with you.
Edited to add:
Ok, ok, I'm delusional. It's a $250 saddle. :)