The company sent me the saddle to try, no fees at all. I liked it and just sent them the bill. It was used but I decided that I would get a good used saddle that I could afford rather than a cheaper branded new one. No break in period! I absolutly love it! Some people say it has a hard seat, but I disagree. It is very comfortable to ride in, and fits my 16'1 TB perfectly. I show in it and train in it, so it takes a lot of wear and tear, but I only have to oil in once a month.~nl~ The tree was broken once, but was fixed, so I have a brand new one and a new seat, plus it can be dyed, so all the better. I recommend this saddle to anyone, especially shorter, smaller dressage riders.