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    04-30-2011, 01:27 AM
I had at least two folks recommend them. You...and someone I know from up this way. He says he has at least 4 of the wades. Claimed he would never own another saddle except for Corriente. long as I don't hyperventilate or expire before Friday. I did tell the DH that if I expired before then, he could return it and get his $$ back, rofl!
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    04-30-2011, 01:41 AM
Well I went ahead and ordered a CSW 126 Wade Saddle from them. Nobody touches their prices for what they make. Local tack shops where I live don't have any saddles that cheap unless its a synthetic. And I'm not going to find a used one in an 18 because anyone who has one probably got it custom made.

The good thing is that they have standardized their tree. Which means that if you know someone with a Corriente saddle and it fits your horse then their other saddles will too. They all have the same bar spread and angle.

Like I said my girlfriend has one of their saddles. At first she thought the front bar pads had a little too much pressure on the back of her shoulder. Well I watched a good video about saddle fitting that made a lot of sense especially the part about scooting the saddle back to where it sits naturally.
My girlfriend was taught (or it may just be what works for her horses) that the front of the saddle should line up with the center of the horses shoulder. Well my horse has such big shoulders that when she does that the bar presses into the back of her shoulder. So I did an experiment. Before I cinched the saddle down I did like what the lady in the video does and scooted the saddle back to where it sits naturally, cinched up and had her ride my horse.

She immediately told me that she felt more secure and balanced with the saddle in the new position and my horse more readily wanted to move out and maintain faster paces. After an hour and a half in the arena to make sure my horse was good and sweaty I checked the sweat marks again. This time there were no dry spots and my horse didn't flinch at any palpitation.
    04-30-2011, 01:59 AM
Originally Posted by 5thHorseman    
Nobody touches their prices for what they make. Local tack shops where I live don't have any saddles that cheap unless its a synthetic.
That's what drew my brother in when he first decided get his. He was working in a feedlot and riding a lot of young horses at the time. After the tree got broke in his good, $3000 custom Mod. Association, he decided to order a Corriente based off the words of some of his fellow cowboys. He figured since it was so cheap, it was worth the risk. If it wasn't good enough for every day work, he could use it as a breaking saddle on youngsters. Well, that's been probably 8 years ago and he's still using his every day for ranch work, dragging cattle, roping momma cows and bulls and anything else you need it for. He was the first one who turned me on to them.
    04-30-2011, 05:34 PM
Good luck! I am hoping to get a wade for the hubby next year if I like my corrient saddle.
    04-30-2011, 06:21 PM
I posted a while back about possibly ordering a Corriente too!

May I ask what they charged you for a wade? (I know whatever I order may be different, but they don't post prices on their website).

I am thinking of getting a Wade, as I would really like another decent Wade. I have one Wade that I ordered from Rider's Choice that I LOVE. Then I ordered another one and it looks like the person who made it wasn't as skilled as the person who made the first one. There are all kinds of little flaws, and the second saddle doesn't sit on the horses the same either. The tree is supposed to be the same as the first saddle, so I'm thinking the incompetent workman must have screwed up the position of the rigging or something.

Anyway, I am looking for another decent quality Wade and am really temped to try a Corriente.
    04-30-2011, 06:32 PM
Wade round skirt was $660 if I remember correctly. $680 for the other skirt. More I am sure, if it's custom made.
    04-30-2011, 06:37 PM
Thanks Plainsdrifter!

I want a round skirt, 17" seat, but smooth leather. I don't like the look of rough-out, even though I know it would give me a more secure seat. I do want some tooling though. At least some stamping (I like the "windmill" pattern). I assume real carved tooling would increase the price of the saddle. Did you get tooling or carving (like a floral design) on yours?
    04-30-2011, 07:17 PM
I got their barrel saddle. CSB 110 basket weave half breed roughout. The floral tooled was about $50 more.
    05-01-2011, 01:36 AM
Plains Drifter (and anyone else who happens to be buying one), can you let us know how you like your Corriente when it arrives?
    05-01-2011, 02:42 AM
Will do! This is my very first brand new saddle. I have an old saddle given to me from my dad, a saddle give to me by a friend and my little simco that I Bought for $150 and use to train and ride in. So I am pretty excited about my new saddle. If I don't like the barrel saddle I will trade it for a wade.

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