Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum
I'm not huge on name brands, either. My saddle is definitely a no-name saddle, but I love it (even if it's turning into a pain to attach my new pommel bags to).
I don't *mind* light leather...when it doesn't look cheap, like that saddle does. One of my friends had a gorgeous light oak saddle (that had tons of tooling on it lol) that I loved. I like the look of light leather with silver, as well.
Just something about that particular saddle strikes me as cheaply made. I could be wrong. My friend bought a light oil western saddle off the internet for her first horse (a big appy gelding) and it was the cheapest saddle I have ever seen...and it looked cheap. JMO, though.
Thats like my English Saddle, a few friends have ridden in it, that have name brand saddles, and they loved my no name! LOL as do I!
But I agree with you, comparing it to other saddles especially, there is a cheapness to this saddle. Don't get me wrong, Im not looking for some amazing expensive perfect saddle, Im looking for a Western saddle to eventually start Rodeo when that time comes, but at the same time, I do want a saddle that will hold up, and Im not sure if this one will. We'll see.....theres quite a few saddles for sale around here so its not like this is my only option!
I do appreciate your opinion though! I've always ridden English, but have started really getting into Western, and I just love it!