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    05-24-2013, 11:17 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Calling all saddle experts.....help me identify this Trail Saddle please

Hi guys! Well, I took a chance on a saddle today and I really know nothing about it, except that it looks like a quality saddle. Can anyone help me identify it?

The only maker's mark I can find is "HFT" stamped into the latigo keeper. The 17 refers to the seat size.

It looks A LOT like a Reinsman, such as these:

Used Reinsman 16" Trail Saddle | eBay

Reinsman Western Trail Saddle 16 inch Butter Soft Leather Comfy | eBay

Except it is not marked Reinsman. (I used to own a Reinsman though and this saddle is very much the same quality.)

I can't find any other saddles marked "HFT" or anything really, that matches this saddle. The Reinsman is the closest I have come.

Does this possibly look like a custom saddle? The flowers look hand carved, and the stamping is nice and deep. I think it is hand stamped.

The tree is blue fiberglass covered wood. At first I thought it was a flex-tree, but actually it is not. I think Steele might make trees like this?

The leather is nice and thick and supple.....very nice leather quality.

Any help greatly appreciated. I would love a guesstimate of value too.
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    05-24-2013, 11:23 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Ugh.....do my eBay links not work? If these don't work I don't know how to fix them.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Used-Reinsma...-/290915198898

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Reinsman-Wes...-/310674131902

If you do a search for "Reinsman Trail Saddle" on eBay there are two on there that look almost identical to my saddle except for the tooling pattern and that they are made by Reinsman.
     
    05-24-2013, 11:33 PM
  #3
Green Broke
And here is another one:

Amazing Condition Reinsman Show Trail Pleasure Saddle Golden Brown Color | eBay

I know my saddle would probably be marked Reinsman if it were a Reinsman, but it looks like the pattern used was identical! I mean the rigging is kind of distinctive, no? It has the same seat, even the numbered stirrups holes.....mine has that too.

If it's not a Reinsman, what is it???
     
    05-25-2013, 11:17 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Bump bump.......anyone?
     
    05-26-2013, 01:15 PM
  #5
Foal
Gorgeous saddle!! I can't help you with the brand though :/ how much did you get it for?
     
    05-26-2013, 02:55 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I don't have a clue about maker but it is a good looking saddle.
     
    05-26-2013, 03:11 PM
  #7
Started
Look at the Dakota saddle line. I am thinking it looks alot like them.
     
    05-26-2013, 03:12 PM
  #8
Started
http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/thesaddleshop_2262_57798208

here is a picture
     
    05-26-2013, 11:09 PM
  #9
Showing
I thought I was looking at a saddle from Circle Y's High Horse series. I can't find anything with HFT but it appears to be of decent quality.
     
    05-27-2013, 12:02 AM
  #10
Showing
No idea on brand, but I agree with the consensus, it looks like pretty decent quality.
     

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