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    04-21-2012, 08:43 PM
Weanling paying it out over the next two months.As soon as I pay it off they will start making it....I decided to go with western with a horn instead of the plantation.I like the security of a horn since im not all that confidant with my riding just yet
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    06-16-2012, 08:14 AM
Green Broke
Did you get the Dixieland?
    06-16-2012, 08:27 AM
No I just canceled it last week and got my money back. I had to move my horse to a new place and am having issues with him. So I wanted to use the money for all that
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    06-16-2012, 08:56 AM
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Yes, I've been following your post.....How's he doing? Making any progress?
    06-16-2012, 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Yes, I've been following your post.....How's he doing? Making any progress?
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    08-03-2013, 10:38 AM
Dixieland Saddles are awesome!

I purchased 2 Dixieland saddles for my 2 gaited horses (a TWH and a KMSH) after lots of research and review of existing saddle options. What I was looking for was a well-constructed, stable - 3 enduro rigging preferred, comfortable saddle, well-fit to my horse's biomechanics which I could use in endurance events (AERC participant) so the saddles had to be lite enough to not compromise horse endurance in 25-50 mile events.

In order to ensure the above, my wife and I trailered both horses to Dixieland's headquarters in Lexington, AL. Cynthia Wright, the owner of DS, was excellent to deal with. She personally fit both horses, and helped us choose the right saddle characteristics for each horse.

I've now had those saddles for 4 years, and have NO complaints. They have functioned exactly as advertised and increase the comfort and security for my wife and I and our horses in strenuous endurance and trail riding activities.

Recently, I just purchased a 3rd saddle for our new MFT horse. Looking forward to another great saddle experience.

Hope our experience can be useful to others looking for dependable, comfortable, and high value gaited horse saddles.
    08-03-2013, 12:49 PM
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Odd, reviews and experiences with these saddles seem to be total extremes, from great to horrid. From people I know that have had issues Cynthia is your best friend till there is a problem. The the Mr Hyde comes out. If you like the saddle all is good. If you don't you are basically screwed.
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    08-03-2013, 01:13 PM
I had one shipped over to Europe for me , custom made from a template of my horse's back. I was totally delighted with it in every way. Excellent value for money, well made and very comfortable to ride in. But I guess any company can have an off day and I might just have been lucky with mine. Very surprised though to hear bad feed back about them.
    08-03-2013, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
odd, reviews and experiences with these saddles seem to be total extremes, from great to horrid. From people I know that have had issues Cynthia is your best friend till there is a problem. The the Mr Hyde comes out. If you like the saddle all is good. If you don't you are basically screwed.

Joe. You said a mouthful here.

And the ones that have been satisfied? May not be experienced enough to tell that something is not right too. Most people will not look at saddle and think "that side is 1/4 inch shorter than the other side?" and get out a tape and measure it. They may feel slightly off centered, but think it is just them, and not the saddle.

But I have run across some other people that said they had problems and the owner was a witch on wheels to them, as she was to my friend, and also to me, when I wrote inquiring about the issues friend was having with saddle. The e-mail I got was very telling of how this owner is, and sealed my thinking about the company.

And keep in mind too, that the problems with friend's saddle, were huge once the leather was taken off. The repairs made by the company itself, were major screwups, which made saddle even worse than it was to begin with.

No way to explain it except the company does shoddy word, and refuses to make it right.

And the owner sure doesn't like to own up to it either.
    08-04-2013, 01:15 PM
A few people at my barn have them and they are beautiful and well made. The are also heavy. My horse has not been easy to fit. Gaited saddles never fit her. I tried full bars, semi bars, and finally the quarterhorse bars fit her well within Circle Y. I would not want to deal with a custom saddle for that reason. You can't return it if not happy.

Some saddle dealers charge 5-20% as a restocking fee. I found that National Bridle does not. And they do have their own special gaited tree that's supposed to fit just about any gaited horse.

A lot to consider.

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