Has anyone ever heard of this brand of gaited saddle before? Or know if another company makes it? I've googled it and can't find anything! I don't get it...I'm stumped. Here are the pics of the particular saddle that I was thinking of purchasing. Any information/input on quality is greatly appreciated!!
I've never heard of this brand. There's a saddle line much loved by gaited horse owners, called the Tennessean, but they are made by Crates and look more western in their shape, not like this one. This one has a different tree, obviously which will 'ride' differently than the usual western pommel. I had a similar saddle for a while (Crest Ridge) and was surprised how easy it was to fall out of....even at a walk. It felt narrow up front. However, it was very comfortable, great for my knees and for feeling the horse and being relatively close contact. This saddle looks very pretty and in good condition from the pictures.
Double post, sorry - but I should say that falling out of the saddle was more my fault, and my horse's fault, than anything wrong with the saddle design. If it had fit my new horse I'd still have it - I loved it because I could feel the horse and it wasn't so bulky.
Thanks for the info! The lady who is selling it actually told me a little bit about it. She said that it is a Henry Miller replica made by a small tack shop out of southern Wisconsin. So, that being said, does anyone have any experience with Henry/Eli Miller? I realize that it is a knock-off, but I'm sure even the good saddle knock-offs are made better and are of better quality than the mass produced cheap-o made in China saddles. Is that pretty much right? I have been looking at getting a Tennessean...and actually there is a company called Wyoming Saddlery (I think...) that will make a custom one for you for around $600...so maybe I will look further into that as well.
I haven't owned a saddle made by Henry & Eli Miller, but they're known for the Steele Equifit saddle tree that is prized by gaited horse owners. I have 2 western style saddles with the Equifit tree (one for a narrow fox trotter and one for my wider TWH mare). I also have the Equifit tree in a Big Horn endurance trail saddle. Both horses are very comfortable in their saddles and I can say that the TWH's gait is noticeably better in one of the Equifit tree saddles than the regular QH tree saddles that I started her in. I hope this helps.
BTW, when I was saddle shopping I talked with a couple of folks at Horse Saddle Shop before I bought online, and they were really, really helpful in explaining the trees and options for saddles. They carry a lot of the gaited/trail type saddles and they are knowledgeable about other saddles that they do not carry, so chances are good that you can find out some information from them.
It looks like a Henry Miller (Buena Vista model) saddle to me. There are lots of people with gaited horses that love them here in Ohio. I have them tell me that it fits their horse great and has never sored either of them. They can ride for hours and hours and both be comfortable. You can google it and get reviews on www.horsetackreview.com
Thanks for the info! The actual Henry Miller saddles sound great, but I'm just wondering if I should take a chance on a knock-off? Does it look OK? I guess I will have to see it in person...what should I look for?