Saddles are a piece of art with intricate details. A good saddler takes his time stitching and creating a piece that is meant to last for a long time. But time can be a leather's worst nightmare. It will cause wear and tear, which can render the once beautiful and sturdy saddle look old and unusable. But thanks to modern tools and technology, a beautiful used saddle does not have to go to waste anymore.
Ancient saddle making methods are becoming very scarce nowadays. Brand new stitching equipment and tools make some of the manufacturing more manageable, but it can sometimes cause the quality to deteriorate primarily if not handled correctly. Old vintage saddles are carefully handmade with the artistic hands of an experienced saddle maker; hence when appropriately restored, it can not only be as good as brand new, but the quality can even be better than those brand new ones.
Yes, it is possible to repair or replace an old or worn-out part of a saddle; hence, restoration is a better alternative than getting a new one. An experienced saddler will be able to make sure that you can either use it again or even make it a part of your collection once the repair is finished.
Using a fine used saddle for riding is more cost-effective in comparison to brand new ones, stylish - with its vintage look and practical. If you are looking for a saddle to use on a daily horseback ride, practicing for a competition or training for a show, a brand new one is a lucrative way of doing so. If you opt for a second hand but excellent second-hand saddle, you can still be sure that you and your horse are comfortable without needing to use that brand new show worthy saddle.