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    06-14-2012, 10:53 PM
  #11
Weanling
I'm looking for something under $1000. That's why I backed out of Dixieland. Those Steele saddles are really nice though
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    06-14-2012, 11:03 PM
  #12
Weanling
Too bad the plantation saddle are out because they're Really great! The one we own fits our narrow walkers like a glove! And my mother, who uses the saddle most, rides in it all the time/everywhere.
We also got the saddle for a steal at an auction- The poor people didn't know the gold they had---
Matter of fact we also got our aussie at a tack swap for 25- the people just wanted it gone! But I hated it- It put me into a weird position and hurt my legs. As for its fit on the walkers- It was alright, but nothing like the plantation saddles
     
    06-15-2012, 12:40 AM
  #13
Weanling
Is there any cheaper plantation saddle makers
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    06-15-2012, 12:44 AM
  #14
Weanling
Amish?
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    06-15-2012, 07:50 AM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Diegosmom    
Is there any cheaper plantation saddle makers
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I've do some amateur leather work and have a friend who custom makes saddles (at the rate of one or two a year; he's an amateur but a real craftsman ). The last one he made, a Western trail saddle, had material costs in excess of $600 (including the tree, fittings, hides, etc.). He estimates it takes him 80 hours or so to do the job. If you value his labor at $10/hr., and do the math, you get some idea on the "why?" of saddle prices.

Look around for used saddles. When my wife sold her Steele it was in good condition. We've bought saddles in good condition.

The problem with the "low end saddles" is often a combination of poor quality design and "bottom of the barrel materials." The poor design means poor fit which means sore backs (you and the horse). The poor materials means it will junk in few years.

IMO you're way better off with used Steele or Stubben than with a currently made "e-Bay special."

G.
     
    06-15-2012, 08:07 AM
  #16
Weanling
I've used a Aussie and it was a good beginners saddle, the poleys at the thigh really gave me piece of mind I will say that twice I was out trailriding and two different times the other horse spooked both riders ended up on the ground, while my ride spooked from the other horse spooking I didn't end up on the ground. They are very nice when going down hills. All of the newbies use my aussie.

The only thing I didn't really like about them was one their weight, they are heavy, their leather is kind of weird too I actually had two one was almost seemed painted and the other was like the leather used on footballs. I think you have to really go up in price to get the better end of leather, I got both mine on craigslist and only paid 150 for each. My friend had the western version and I really like it a lot better. I see plantation saddles all the time on craigslist. I ride in a Big Horn endurance saddle without a horn and I love it its easy to saddle up the horse its part leather and part cordura, nice an lightweight and very comfortable.
     
    06-15-2012, 08:29 AM
  #17
Weanling
My SO rides in a Tucker plantation saddle and can't say enough good things about it. It's another one of those good brands with a high re-sale value (if you can find one for sale).

I have a Tucker as well, though it's a Cheyenne (western style). Now I regret having bought a saddle with a horn, so if the opportunity comes up to trade for something of equal quality and value I would.

But. . .I do love that saddle and may just ride it until it's no longer ride-able, clean it up, and keep it as home decor. Like I said, I do love that saddle and that particular one has some fond memories attached to it.

A couple of years ago I lucked out and found a "western-style endurance" saddle on eBay. Not even sure of the brand, but I call it my knock-off Tucker. It is basically a western saddle minus the horn and with a round skirt. The price was great, too ($250, including S&H).

Many tack shops, including the online/catalog shops, have "demo" saddles to send out so you can try before you buy. I considered one of the Australian Stock Saddle Co's saddles a few years ago - think it was called the Buckaroo, and it was small and I liked the look of it. Never got back around to buying one, though, and I am happy with the saddles I own now.
     
    06-15-2012, 08:38 AM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Guilherme    
I've do some amateur leather work and have a friend who custom makes saddles (at the rate of one or two a year; he's an amateur but a real craftsman ). The last one he made, a Western trail saddle, had material costs in excess of $600 (including the tree, fittings, hides, etc.). He estimates it takes him 80 hours or so to do the job. If you value his labor at $10/hr., and do the math, you get some idea on the "why?" of saddle prices.

Look around for used saddles. When my wife sold her Steele it was in good condition. We've bought saddles in good condition.

The problem with the "low end saddles" is often a combination of poor quality design and "bottom of the barrel materials." The poor design means poor fit which means sore backs (you and the horse). The poor materials means it will junk in few years.

IMO you're way better off with used Steele or Stubben than with a currently made "e-Bay special."

G.
I understand..I was just wanting to know what to look out for .Whats the best? What y'all like and so forth.I would like to find a used but im in Texas and most of the saddles here are just western.Used ones anyway. I had seen someone recommend that Kimberly one and thought that was a great price.Just don't want to go to $1000.I will continue the search
     
    06-15-2012, 10:57 AM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Diegosmom    
I understand..I was just wanting to know what to look out for .Whats the best? What y'all like and so forth.I would like to find a used but im in Texas and most of the saddles here are just western.Used ones anyway. I had seen someone recommend that Kimberly one and thought that was a great price.Just don't want to go to $1000.I will continue the search
Try usedsaddles.com I've done business with them three times and have been satisfied.

G.
     
    06-15-2012, 12:49 PM
  #20
Weanling
There are a couple of good aussie saddle brands, and they are right on the tip of my tongue, but they will go well over your price range, and the shipping from Australia is horrid.

Have you thought of a good dressage saddle? There are a lot of them like the County, Sommer and Passier that you can find used that will give you an excellent seat and security. They are fairly easy to find used too.

The Tucker plantation saddle can be found and often are a better price used than their western counterparts. I have sat in one and almost bought it, except the seat size was a bit too small for me. Tucker has the gel cushion so for size you almost want to move up one size from your normal saddle size.

Any of these I mentioned will be in the $500 - 900 price range used depending on their condition. When I was seriously looking another place to check is Western saddles; Billy Cook, Circle Y , Tucker & used western trail saddles They also do trials where you demo the saddle.

Happy saddle hunting.
     

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