I had to return my borrowed Pessoa today, too, so the only saddle I have to ride in is the one my friend Alex, over at The Alex and Apple Show, let me borrow. Thanks again!
The tack shop let me keep the Pessoa beyond the normal trial period so I could try it at the horse show this past weekend. I could have purchased the saddle today but I decided I wanted to get a brand new one instead.
I've been buying some of my tack and supplies from local tack shops around the area to try and help out the local horse community. This is also why I chose the shipping company I did for AJ... they were local. I've found that their prices are a little higher than I could find online, but I don't mind spending a little extra here and there to help out. It's not a big deal until it comes time to purchase something that costs over two grand.
They had the Pessoa listed for $2395. Dover has the saddle listed for $2155. Add NC tax (at 7.75%) and you're looking at a $400 difference... I'm not that dedicated to buying local. I asked my saddle fitter if they'd be willing to match Dover's price and she said they would, but then they wouldn't be able to credit the $75 saddle fitting towards the cost of the saddle. When all was said and done, I could get the saddle for $140 cheaper by buying it online. I'm sorry but $140 buys me a new bridle, new leathers, a new show pad, or a three month supply of SmartPaks for Lilly.
When I told her I was going to be getting it from Dover, she seemed upset, calling Dover the "Walmart of equine supplies".
I ended up finding an even better deal than the one I found on Dover through Adams Horse and Pet Supply. The saddle ships for free AND they send a free pair of Pessoa leathers. I have to order the wide gullet separately, but I ended up with a great saddle for a great price and I can't wait until it gets here!
So because I had no choice, I went ahead and ordered this lovely new tunic (which is already on backorder and I have no idea when it will arrive):
|Turqua with animal print! GRR, baby!|
I have two tops, a pair of pants, chaps, and a belt, all in aubergine. I'm also selling my gorgeous aubergine, purple, and cream saddle pad. Also on the chopping block is my black hat, black gloves, sand gloves, and black belt. All are Hobby Horse items, and all are in excellent (or new) condition. You know, in case anyone is interested... :)