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post #1 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Which Circle Y?

Which of these two Circle Y's would you recommend? I mainly trail ride on my AQHA gelding. The tooled saddle is a standard tree. The non-tooled saddle is a Circly Y Flex Lite. All things even (price, fit, etc.), which saddle do you think is the better deal at $450? How do the Flex Lite trees hold up? I've never ridden in one.
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post #2 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 05:52 AM
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They're very different saddles. With the space to move around in your seat and the more "centered" fenders I'd go for the non tooled. It looks more like a "trail friendly" saddle to me, and it looks to be in good nick. I don't know anything about the Flex Tree though.
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post #4 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 04:01 PM
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If you're not doing any sort of roping or extreme trail riding, I'd go for the Flex Tree.

I like the way the stirrups hang on the flex tree saddle, they are centered and pre-turned and look much more comfortable for a long trail ride. See how the stirrups on the tooled ones hang horizontally to the horse - it's going to cause stress on your knees/ankles/legs to keep them twisted to accomodate your foot; it's also going to be more difficult to regain a lost stirrup if your foot slips out on the trail.

Are the seats the same size? That tooled one looks tiny...
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post #5 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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The seats are the same size. Both are 15". As far as the stirrups go, I can turn the stirrups on the tooled saddle. Would rather base my decision on which saddle will hold up better in the long run.
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post #6 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 08:45 PM
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I'am no X-pert but of the two I'd go for saddle #1 (un-tooled) !
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post #7 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 08:58 PM
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My choice would be the older, darker saddle. This particular saddle has a good slope to the seat which provides good crotch/pelvic support. On a long trail ride the flatter design can create considerable discomfort. The first appears to be a cutting saddle. A flatter saddle is fine for that sport as it's not ridden in for hours at a time. I think you will find the leather on the older saddle to be thicker. The tooling is machine stamped which actually strengthens the leather.
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post #8 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 09:23 PM
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My understanding of a tree-less saddle is the tree is only under the very front of the saddle.
I would think that depending upon the weight of the rider, how heavy and pushing the seat of the rider on the spine and much to do with the land terrain should also be taken into consideration.
Most importantly though should be the horses anatomy and ability to be fitted properly and ride comfortably in this type of saddle for the horse.

I think the tooling is very pretty but do wonder if the smooth leather would be more comfortable under the inner thigh, calf.
However, stirrups are easy to turn and "block" in that position.
I also like the "pocket" look of the tooled saddle both for lower back support and security feeling.
The saddle skirt is also shorter on the tooled saddle as it is a single, not double...hence shorter in length and able to fit a wider variety of horses back/spine length.

Me... I would buy the traditional tree and the "tooled" saddle regardless of it being stamped or hand-tooled.
It is a fancier saddle and I personally think people would be more interested in buying a "fancy" appearing saddle over a "plain-jane"... if you needed to re-sell.

Near everything I have read in peoples comments on many forums and online places is the older saddles are so much better quality and craftsmanship than the "new" ones ...

Happy Shopping and Good Luck making a decision on where to spend your money...
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post #9 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 09:24 PM
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One of my friends had a Circle Y with the flex tree and she loved it. Only reason she sold the saddle was because her gelding needed a custom saddle because he's built so weird.
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post #10 of 21 Old 10-28-2013, 09:32 PM
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The non tooled would probably be more comfortable for what you are doing. If you can try both on your horse and test ride you may find one is a better for for you and your horse
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