How Much Does a Horse Saddle Cost?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 13, 2018

Owning a horse will require many accessories such as horse saddle.  Since there are many types, as well as companies that manufacture them, you will find that the prices will vary in price.

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How much does a horse saddle cost?

For a saddle considered “poor quality” by the industry, the average price can vary anywhere from $200 to $600.  These saddles typically don’t last more than five years and will be made of a synthetic leather material.

Your higher-quality saddles will cost anywhere from $700 to as much as $1,500.  These saddles are typically made of a more durable based material and can last you as long as 40 years.  Your higher quality saddles are made of leather.

A well-dressed saddle that is packed with all the bells and whistles can range anywhere from $1,000 to as much as $2,500.

A western saddle can cost anywhere from $700 to $1,500 new.

A circle Y saddle can cost anywhere from $1,300 to $2,300.  For example, the Circle Y Flex2 Topeka Trail Saddle, manufactured by Circle Y, retails for $1,500 to $1,750.

A tucker saddle can cost anywhere from $950 to as much as $2,000.

For example, a tucker saddle, such as the Endurance Trail Saddle by Endurance, retails for $975 to $1,300.

Customized horse saddles can also be created for those who can’t find a factory-based saddle in stores.  Customized saddles can vary depending on the size and the type of customizations.  A customized horse saddle can cost $2,500 to close to $5,000.  Most will set a base price, and as you add the customizations, the price will go up.

According to western-saddle-guide.com, a decent new western saddle can’t be purchased for less than $500.

BrandPrice Range
$ = Under $500
$$ = $500 - $999
$$$ = $1000 - $1999
$$$$ = $2000 and up

Tex Tan $$ - $$$
Tucker $$ - $$$
Wintec $ - $$
Abetta$250 to $1,000
Ammerman$1,000 to $2,000
Billy Cook$500 to $2,000
Bighorn$300 to $1,500
Billy Royal$1,000 to $2,500
Buffalo Saddlery$250 to $500
Circle S$300 to $1,000
Circle T$250 to $500
Coats Saddlery$2,000 to $3,000
Court's Saddlery$1,000 to $2,500
Crates$1,000 to $2,200
Dakota$500 to $1,200
Double J$1,000 to $2,300
Fabtron$500 to $1,200
King Series$250 to $550
Martin Saddlery$2,000 to $3,000
McCall$2,000 to $3,000
Reinsman$900 to $2,000
Saddle King$700 to $2,000
Showman$500 to $1,500
Simco$700 to $2,000
Tex Tan$700 to $2,000
Wintec$300 to $1,000



Horse saddle overview

The seat for the saddle may be made of real leather or a synthetic tack.

Saddles will be designed for many events, including the following:  at the ranch, roping, for pleasure, cutting, reining, barrel racing, endurance, for show and parading.

Saddles will have the following fork styles:  slick fork/a-fork and swell fork.

Types of saddles include Western, Australian, English, Circle Y and Tucker.

Some come with special toolings.

What are the extra costs?

There are many accessories you may want to consider when purchasing the saddle.  Items, such as purses and skirts, may be required to complete your belt.   Other popular accessories may include specialized shoes that work for saddles only.  These saddles can cost anywhere from $20 to $130 depending on the brand.

Some saddles may require alterations in order to fit your horse.  This may require the assistance of a professional to help you accomplish this.

Most saddles will require a pad so you’re more comfortable while riding.  A saddle pad will cost anywhere from $25 to $200.

Due to the weight, some retailers may have a cost to ship a horse saddle.

Tips to know:

For both new and used saddles, be sure to check the leather condition.  Check the quality and the condition to make sure there are no cracks or dry rot.

Stitching is very important when it comes to a saddle.  Be sure to closely inspect the saddle to make sure the stitching is holding it together.

Some saddle buyers will allow you to test the saddle first.  When placing the saddle on your horse, make sure you can slip three fingers between the seat.  Make sure the saddle properly fits the horse as well.  A horse will act funny if it doesn’t fit properly.

Used saddles will have many advantages such as already being broken in and the leather may be a little softer, making the ride a little smoother.

If you’re unsure of which saddle to purchase, talk with a local professional.

Many stores will have a strict return policy.  When making a purchase, make sure you pay close attention to the return policy to see if you can return it after your purchase.

Top brands to consider:

Abetta

Circle Y

Wintec

How can I save money?

Purchase your saddles used via websites such as eBay and Craigslist.

Check out local auctions in your area.  Many horse stables carry auctions or even sell saddles they are looking to get rid of.


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Average Reported Cost: $350

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  1. Dee (Clovis,  California) paid $350 and said:

    Older Circle Y or Hereford in good condition are 250-750.

    Was it worth it? Yes

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