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    03-25-2011, 11:14 PM
  #1
Weanling
Big Dee's Saddle Package Review (IMG HEAVY)

I recently bought the Big Dee's Saddle Package, so here is my impression.

For some reason when I ordered it, my choices didnt go through. I found out when I contacted them asking to verify that I had selected the right sizes. Turns out they didnt get any sizes at all, so I had to email them my choices. I have a feeling that if I hadnt of contacted them, it would of turned into a big mess.

Now, this set smells. Not bad, but not good. It smells like leather, but in a weird way. I believe it is partly because it's "starter" set quality, so it's not high-end leather, and partly because of the cleaner/conditioner they used on the leather. Hopefully this smell will go away once I condition it later tonight. It just smells weird.

The quality is decent. It's not horrible, like most starter sets. The leather doesnt feel fake, nor does it look fake. It's pretty sturdy, and I don't think any part of it would give out or snap during riding, at all. The leather seems pretty heavy duty and thick. The reason I bought this set is because with the possibility of me buying a horse in a couple months, I can't go buying $70-$80 bridles or girths, when it probably wont fit my new horse. I bought this set for the horse I show on for this season. Keep in mind this set only costs $50, so it was very cost effective for me. It includes a bridle, bit, reins, girht, stirrups, stirrup leathers, and a saddle pad.


The Bridle:
It's alright. It's surprisingly decent for being so cheap. The leather is thick, and not too stiff. Right now it's a little bent out of shape, since it was squished in a box, but I gave it a good, long, hard tug, and I feel as though it wouldnt give if my horse and I were fighting (of course, who would want that, but you have to keep these things in mind). The buckles are in good shape, and the stitching is even, and there are no errors. The throat latch and nose band slide easily into their keepers.


The Girth:
Very nice. I like it a lot. Its supple, a nice color, and the stitching is in great shape. It's not stiff, and I feel it will conform to my horse nicely. I wish the brown wasnt AS dark, but I like it nonetheless. It has roller buckles, which is awesome. I dislike the green/grey elastic :P I have a feeling the leather has cushioning in the middle, as it's a little squishy.



The Saddle Pad:
Quite nice. It's cushioning and is of decent quality. A little on the big side, but that may be an illusion, since I don't have it on a horse, under a saddle, yet. I will probably be using this as my show saddle pad. It has billet and girth keepers.

Stirrups:
Heavy. Very heavy. Theyre just regular ole stirrups. Nothing special about them really.

Leathers:
Sturdy. They don't feel like they're break under tension, and feel like they will take a beating well, and survive. A little stiff, but that's expected. They only come in 54" length.

Reins:
Meh, theyre alright. They're braided, which is a plus, but these feel of the least quality wise. Ill have to condition them to tell how I feel about them.

Bit:
It's your regular single joint snaffle bit, O-ring. It feels very big though. Maybe that's because I use d-rings, but I don't know. I ordered the 5". I will probably not use this one, only because we use a D-ring. Ill see if my trainer wants it, or I may save it. Who knows, maybe the horse I get goes in one.


All in all, it's a decent starter set. My favorite part is the girth. The quality is just so nice(the leather). I love it. Im really pleased that the set is not crap, and I will be conditioning it tonight, so I will try to post how they feel afterwards, as well as a follow-up tomorrow if I try them out. We will see if they are true to size, and how they hold up!

I have more pictures, but I've exceeded my limit! If you want any other ones, feel free to ask and Ill post them. Please excuse the messy room :] We are in the process of moving!! (YAY)
     
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    03-25-2011, 11:17 PM
  #2
Weanling
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    03-25-2011, 11:20 PM
  #3
Started
Wow neat, I didn't know there was such a think, I'll have to look into that!

I have that girth, and it is very nice, has lasted me quite a while!
     
    03-25-2011, 11:22 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Eliz    
Wow neat, I didn't know there was such a think, I'll have to look into that!

I have that girth, and it is very nice, has lasted me quite a while!
Yes, I was pleased to find out that I could buy everything I needed without spending a buttload! :P

Really? Do you know what brand it is? Some of the things had brands, and others were no-names. That's good to know though!
     
    03-25-2011, 11:30 PM
  #5
Started
You know, I'm not sure that it has a brand! But I do know a barn that I used to board at has like 5 of those girths. I would keep it climate controlled though because I know the ones that were left outside tended to stiffen up, and I have no idea if they loosen up again or not.

I may just have to get a package just for schooling and save my nicer stuff for shows! I saw that they had a rider package too! :) It's only like $40 for breeches, boots, and a riding bat!
     
    03-26-2011, 12:47 AM
  #6
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eliz    
You know, I'm not sure that it has a brand! But I do know a barn that I used to board at has like 5 of those girths. I would keep it climate controlled though because I know the ones that were left outside tended to stiffen up, and I have no idea if they loosen up again or not.

I may just have to get a package just for schooling and save my nicer stuff for shows! I saw that they had a rider package too! :) It's only like $40 for breeches, boots, and a riding bat!
Thanks for letting me know that!
     
    03-27-2011, 01:00 PM
  #7
Weanling
Alright well I rode in the leathers, saddle pad, and girth. Didnt get to try the bridle on, but that will be next. I also conditioned everything, and boy has that made a difference.

The Leathers squeaked a bit when I first started riding, but they stopped halfway through the lesson. I believe its because they were very stiff, and not conditioned. Now that I have them conditioned, they bend every which way you can think off, and are definitely softer.

The girth was very nice, but I had to tighten it a bit more than the other girth I used, but that's just because this one has some stretch to it whereas the other girth doesnt. Or at least, that's what seems most logical.

The saddle pad is the right size, if only a little bit bigger in some areas, which is GOOD for me. The saddle I ride in is a little too small for me, and so when I get my own saddle, its going to be maybe one size bigger, so hopefully this will still fit. It didnt bunch up while riding, and is fairly cushioned, which is good because I ride a sensitive backed arabian. He seemed to have no issues that I saw, and we had a pretty good lesson. Padding is everything with him.


Overall I am pleased. I conditioned all the leather pieces, and now everything is supple and soft. The smell has disappeared too :P

I used Lexol Conditioner, and it helped a lot! The leather didnt darken, only on the leathers did I seem to see a little darkening, but Im glad, because that means they really soaked up the conditioner. OH, and when I was conditioning and rubbing the leather with the cloth I was using, dye DID show up on the cloth, but there were no spots of pealing of lightening on the actual leather where I was conditioning. I suppose its just like when you get new jeans wet, and your legs may turn a bit blue until you wash them for the first time. Eitherway, after conditioning a second time, no dye showed up, yay!
     
    03-28-2011, 04:11 PM
  #8
Showing
While you were sniffing the leather and noticed the different odor, it may be urine tanned which isn't the same as veg. Tanned leather or chrome tanned.
     
    03-28-2011, 04:53 PM
  #9
Weanling
Oh well, it doesn't smell anymore and the dye doesn't come off after the first conditioning, so it doesn't bother me.
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    03-28-2011, 09:44 PM
  #10
Weanling
Awesome. I looked at their website but didn't see any "package" deals... Where did you find them? Did you buy the saddle there too or just the accompaniments?
     

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