Thank you for your helpful and, as always, knowledgeable advice. I have called into that store some time ago and was not then in the need for this type of saddle but noticed they only seem to stock the large heavy Western (US) saddles. However, I will call in when next in Puerto Plata and ask. I have found a couple of suppliers in the US but have been quoted prohibitive shipping costs from them to the DR.Not being a horse person I was about to congratulate Mr. WB on his quite remarkable improvement healthwise........:cheeky:. Seriously, if you're coming into PP there's a saddle place in a parade of shops almost opposite Deposito Ferreteria on the main road from Playa Dorada to PP, same parade which has a Western Union office. And the owner lived in the US for a long time so has good English. It's an all purpose pet products store but last time I was there seemed to have quite a few saddles. He'd probably know where to get one if he didn't have it.
Yes, that is exactly what I want and one company quoted me $350 and another $385 so am trying to find a more economical option at the moment.Is this what your looking for? they say to call for shipping. but would think this could be done with dhl. FedEx the weight is size is not that big. 17 lb saddle is really light. I'm used to Western stock saddles with double girth.
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Would think if they (DHL or Fedex ) picked it up there or they boxed and delivered to (DHL or Fedex ) would be more along the like of 200 or less heck the other was the price of the saddle.Yes, that is exactly what I want and one company quoted me $350 and another $385 so am trying to find a more economical option at the moment.
That is very kind of you but, unfortunately, the saddle costs are very high from the UK and Europe in comparison to the US - just the shipping cost from the US seems to be prohibitive....Not coming in somebody but some one from Europe will ship me some goods pretty soon. They are Western Riders so they know this type of saddle also.
I could ask if they can make a price for buying and shipping too if you want whirleybird?
The paso fino culture is alive and well here in the mountains. There are National shows a couple of times a year.Every now and then, I've been thinking about getting a saddle and maybe a horse again. I looked at the stuff they sell here, it's worthless. I am sure that somewhere some OK or even good saddles would be available... after all, there is a small group of rich hacendados who try to recreate a paso fino culture... but I haven't seen them yet and have a funny feeling anyway, they will be so overpriced I would regret having wasted my time finding them.
IF you know the size you need (there is online info available on how to estimate it) I'd suggest you find one on e-bay (US) and have it shipped from MIA with Vimenpac (Vimenca Solsua) for around USD 3.00/Lbs.