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post #1 of 13 Old 02-20-2011, 02:15 PM Thread Starter
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Which brand/type saddle?

I am saddle shopping right now and looking for other's experiences with different brands and types of western saddles.

I have around a $1000 budget, doesn't have to be new. Probably wont be new.
My horse is a large running-bred QH with high withers, and I have the saddle I have been using on her that I can take into the shop with me and show what fits her, but I'm curious on what type and brand would best for me.

The saddle I have now that I'm used to is an old Western Rawhide pleasure saddle, but I like the feeling of a deeper seat that I got from riding in a friend's Billy Cook barrel saddle, but I really hate the high high horns of barrel saddles. I used an old saddle a few times that was like reining saddle cross trail saddle, and it wasn't to bad. Not sure on the brand though. And I rode in a big ranch/work saddle the other day. Felt really secure, but didn't like the amount of the leather between my leg and the horse.

I just ride for fun and would like to try my mare out on a little bit of everything.

So can someone help me out on which style of western saddle I should mention first to the guy at the tack shop?

And any suggestions on good brands that are cheaper used but will still hold up good?

Thanks for reading and any suggestions.
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post #2 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 05:01 PM
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Really its whatever fits your horse and you best.

I had a Simco and I loved that saddle unfortunatley its getting cosigned because it isnt wide enough for my mare.

What I have now is a Big Horn The Ridgeline. I love it because it has Sil-Cush in the seat and the underside of the saddle. I have owned it 1 yr now and it is holding up very well, it still looks new.

If you want you can look up tack review on google. It is reviews from people like us who use the saddle. My review is also on there too. Here is the link

Horse Tack Review.com - Reviews of horse tack and rider supplies!

Hope that helps a little bit and have fun looking!

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post #3 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 05:38 PM
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I swear by Corriente Saddle Company. They can make you whatever you want. I have got a ranch saddle from them that I use for training horses and it's the most comfortable and secure saddle I've ever sat in.

www.corrientesaddleco.com

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post #4 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 05:49 PM
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Have you checked out Western Rawhide's website to see if they make a saddle with a higher cantle? I just sold a nice used one from W.R. With the deeper seat
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post #5 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 06:06 PM
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I swear by Corriente Saddle Company. They can make you whatever you want. I have got a ranch saddle from them that I use for training horses and it's the most comfortable and secure saddle I've ever sat in.

www.corrientesaddleco.com
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I LOVE my Tucker saddle. It is the Cheyenne Springs square skirt. This is the most comfortable saddle I have ever had. I could not find a saddle to fit my mare. I tried every brand and tree width, but nothing fit. I finally tried a Tucker wide tree and it fit her like a glove. The weird thing is it also fits my little quarter horse, my friend's rather chubby Mustang and her Arabian. The bars on this saddle are somehow different from every other saddle I have ever tried, making it fit a wide variety of horses. I have had it for over 3 years and still absolutely love it.

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post #7 of 13 Old 02-22-2011, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks you guys.

I had looked at the Corrientes before, but seeing as I'm buying on a limited budget with a mare that I just hope is done growing, I wanted to avoid custom ordering. But they are such nice looking saddles, I wish I could afford and know what I wanted for sure custom ordered.

And the Big Horns, I sat in one today just for fun, comfiest saddle ever! Too bad it came with a $4000 price tag...

I bought a lightly used Tex Tan reiner that is really comfortable and fits my mare pretty well. I'm going to take the next couple days to make up my mind if I want to keep it, if not the guy at the tack shop is really good with returns and trades for a better fitting one.

But so far I like it, it is in pretty good shape, it honestly looks like the stirrups have never been adjusted in its life and it is still pretty light. It's plain, but I don't do any showing and so far it seems like a perfect cheap saddle for me to use until I'm longer in university or in major student loan debt.
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After looking at some of the prices on saddles, I sure hope to know exactly what I want when it comes time to purchase. Good luck with yours.
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post #9 of 13 Old 02-23-2011, 05:18 PM
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Thanks you guys.

I had looked at the Corrientes before, but seeing as I'm buying on a limited budget with a mare that I just hope is done growing, I wanted to avoid custom ordering. But they are such nice looking saddles, I wish I could afford and know what I wanted for sure custom ordered.
Check the price on the corrientes. They run about $650 and they can ship to you within a week. They take returns to as long as you haven't gotten the saddle dirty or scratched up. I think they are far better than any Tex Tan or Billy Cook and thier half the price.

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-01-2011, 01:01 AM
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I have just finished working on a cheaper saddle and it's what you don't see that matters. Hardware is often cheaped on. Hardware, be it rigging or staples shouldn't rust. Things that rust, break. When things on a saddle break, the rider gets hurt. A new saddle for $650- not a good idea.
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