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post #1 of 11 Old 06-30-2012, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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Abetta saddles?

I've come a crossed the chance to buy one. My horse currently rides in about a 25/30 pounder western saddle. Being she is 14.2(stocky) and I'm not the lightest rider, but I'm not to big either. Have lots tons of weight since the beginning of the year, anyway.

A friend of mine is selling hers. Barely used in good condition. I know it is a synthetic, I also ride my other horse in a synthetic. The western saddle I ride my 14.2 hand horse in right now, is a sante fe roping saddle. Its not made light weight for barrels like I need it to be. Sure trails are fine, but I want something light weight for barrels.

I have heard good reviews more then bad. I have heard some people say they've had there's for 20 years and others say they've had there's for a couple months and it broke. I read reviews where the person has said they make very crappy trees for the saddles. But then I've heard people say there's has been flipped over on ect and is still rideable.

I'm just wanting some opinions on it. Thanks.
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post #2 of 11 Old 06-30-2012, 07:35 AM
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Abetta Saddles...

For 350.00 New it is hard to beat an Abetta, which is American Made.

They are very plain, no frills.

They use Raldie Trees, one of the strongest on the market, the are limited in what size and type of Horse they will fit, but they do have a decent selection of Types of Trees, of course this is true with many Brands.....

Some say they are comfortable some say they are not, this again can be true with any New Saddle, especially if they are under 700.00

I personally have had an Abetta that was 17 years old and one that was 14 years old, they both were used on lesson Horses and also for general riding, they have been swimming and rolled on. They are ragged now and have a few rips in the Cordura, nothing that would make them unsafe.

Are Bighorn, Fabtron and a few others better? For some people yes, for others no.

Since you are looking at it from someone you know, try it out, if it fits your Horse and you are comfortable riding in it, then buy it, for a few hundred dollars you cannot go wrong if it meets those 2 key tests


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I had one. It had FQHBs and didn't fit my Arabians too well.

Strengths: Light, comfortable (to me), seemed pretty sturdy.

Weaknesses: Changing stirrup lengths was awkward because of the buckle set-up.

Haven't had one for 3 years, but I now have a mustang pony who has a very short back. I'm considering trying an Abetta in SQHBs & round skirt. I ride my mare about 90% of the time with an Aussie-style saddle, but I've also thought about getting one with an Arabian tree to see if it would fit her.

They aren't the sort of saddle that makes other people go "Wow! You must be rich!", but my memory of it is that it was a good cheap saddle - and "good" and "cheap" aren't words that ought to appear in a sentence with "saddle". But sometimes fancy isn't what I want.

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I used to work at a day camp that had about 34 abetta saddles. They were extremlely durable and took a beating. And as for keeping my butt in them for 5+ hours a day I have no complaints, the only thing I didn't like was some of the colors we had you just looked at like wth?!?!?

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For 350.00 New it is hard to beat an Abetta, which is American Made.
ST, I have a question here. When I looked at Abetta (new) several years ago in Chick's, the owner of the store told me Abetta is not US-made, but is also either India or Vietnam (I don't remember exactly what country). So does it say anywhere it's indeed American-made?

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ST, I have a question here. When I looked at Abetta (new) several years ago in Chick's, the owner of the store told me Abetta is not US-made, but is also either India or Vietnam (I don't remember exactly what country). So does it say anywhere it's indeed American-made?
On the Chick's web site it says they're American made... that's weird that they told you it wasn't. Unless some parts are made overseas and it's assembled in the USA? Manufacturers are pretty adept at finding loopholes like that...

I'm also thinking of getting one (the Abetta Endurance) so I'm also very curious what people have to say about them!
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Wow thanks guys!! I don't want a frilly looking saddle lol. I just want one that works. My other synthetic has the same tree that the Abetta I am getting I guess. And I love that synthetic saddle its well made. She said this is a FQHB and she's sending me the booklet and whatever else comes with it. My mare needs full quarter horse bars. If it doesn't work, I'll tack it to my tack shop and trade it in for store credit to get something better!
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On the Chick's web site it says they're American made... that's weird that they told you it wasn't. Unless some parts are made overseas and it's assembled in the USA? Manufacturers are pretty adept at finding loopholes like that...
No idea why he said so. I thought too it's US-made, but...

Abetta definitely would be my choice over Wintec any day. But I also liked Fabtron and Big Horn a lot (for some reason all Abettas I tried didn't put my legs in correct position).

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ST, I have a question here. When I looked at Abetta (new) several years ago in Chick's, the owner of the store told me Abetta is not US-made, but is also either India or Vietnam (I don't remember exactly what country). So does it say anywhere it's indeed American-made?
I used to sell them and know many people there very well at Abetta and also their Sister Companies.

The Draft Abetta Saddle Tree is made in India and there are a few all leather Abetta Saddles made in India. They call this a fiber-tough tree in the catalogs.

All others, which I would say are 90% of their sales are the Traditional All Synthetic Cordura Saddles with Ralide Trees and are made in Texas.

I have seen pictures of the Manufacturing Plant and many of the workers actually assembling them.

There was a Rumor about 2 years ago started by a competitor, who said the Ralide Trees were being made in China....lol... that was found to be untrue :)


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That is good to know, thanks.
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