TEN years ago, Perthshire based Julia Craig bought a brand new Black Country Wexford saddle for her event horse.
Now 10 years on and four horses later the saddle is still as good as new.
Said Julia: “A saddler came out to fit a saddle for my horse and I ordered the Wexford after the consultation. The model has a wider seat than normal for a jumping saddle and when it arrived it was just so comfortable and fitted my horse perfectly.
“In the last 10 years it has been used on two event horses competing up to Novice level and it shows no wear on the leather at all.”
Julia’s saddle has recently proved to be too narrow for her new horse so she decided to have it revalued by a Master Saddler and Qualified Saddle Fitter before trying to sell it.
Remarkably and much to Julia’s delight, the saddle was valued at £900 even after 10 years of use and general wear and tear, just £100 less than the original purchase price!
Added Julia: “The saddle was in great condition, it still had the original girth straps and had only been reflocked once. The leather was bedded-in but showed no signs of being worn.
“The saddle had been well looked after as I kept it covered in a dry tack room and it was regularly cleaned and though it was originally oiled I made sure that I didn’t over-oil or over-soap it.”
Having liked the saddle so much, Julia has just bought a new Wexford to fit her horse and has recently sold on her original Wexford saddle which continues to do its job and look the part for another owner.
Julia, who is a qualified BHSI instructor, has recently completed her training with Kay Hastilow and has set up her own business as a Qualified Saddle Fitter. Julia covers Perthshire, Stirling, Edinburgh, Fife, Angus and Aberdeenshire and stocks a selection of Black Country Saddles.
If you would like more information on saddle fitting contact Julia Craig on 07835714581 or email email@example.com