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post #1 of 35 Old 01-19-2012, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Debating on a new saddle (long, sorry)

With income tax coming in, I'm considering buying a new saddle. Recently bought my husband a used tex-tan saddle, and I really like his. But the used price I got was a friend deal, so there is no way I could ever get that killer of a deal. (Paid $300, it has only been used about a dozen times.)

I want quality, but I don't ride alot, so I really fight quality versus price. I know I can spend the $1k (ish) to buy a great saddle that is going to last me forever. But I ride maybe once a week, if that. The wintec synthetic I bought in 2004 still looks new.
(My current saddle)


My main question is not feeling very secure in this saddle. I'd like to find something with a higher back (cantle? i think). Like a barrel saddle, almost. So I don't know what I want, lol. I know the suggestion is to go and try saddles out. Unfortunately, there is only one tack shop in the area to do that, and they are very over priced. Because of that I've been looking online. (Go ebay! LOL)

This particular store sells alot of tack, and is located in Texas. Since there is alot of knowledgeable saddle people on here, what does this saddle look like to you?

Here are the specs from their ebay store
  • Here is a BRAND NEW 17" TRAIL/PLEASURE/SHOW HAND TOOLED SADDLE.
  • MADE IN Texas.
  • This saddle has a deep and well padded seat.
  • Several rings and footman loops for everything you need to carry.
  • This saddle is BRAND NEW. Has 1" of memory foam in the seat for a very COMFORTABLE AND SMOOTH ride all day long.
  • Great Quality Stirrups.
  • 7" GULLET
  • FULL QH BARS (WE ALSO HAVE SEMI QH BARS, PLEASE ASK)
  • THIS SADDLE SET COMES WITH ALL THE TACK YOU WOULD NEED.
  • A MATCHING HEADSTALL WITH CONCHOS.
  • A MATCHING BREAST COLLAR WITH CONCHOS.
  • A 34" X 36" NEW ZEALAND WOOL SADDLE BLANKET
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.
  • YOU CAN CHANGE THE TACK SET AND/OR SADDLE, IF YOU WANT.

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post #2 of 35 Old 01-19-2012, 11:03 PM
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Junk quality. Pass.
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post #3 of 35 Old 01-19-2012, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
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I was hoping you would see this. Is there a brand you could recommend for me that isn't going to totally wreck my pocketbook? (I do prefer synthetic/light weight.)

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post #4 of 35 Old 01-19-2012, 11:14 PM
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First two words that come to mind when I see that saddle are "gaudy" and "cheap." I agree with bubba...don't just pass, run the other frickin' way.

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post #5 of 35 Old 01-19-2012, 11:16 PM
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My absolute favorite synthetic western saddle is a Big Horn barrel/trail saddle like this:

15" 16" Big Horn Cordura Saddle FQHB BROWN or BLACK 206 250 205 251

(There's actually one in the mail, heading for me and my house as we speak, haha)

I've ridden in other synthetics but I've never felt as secure in them as I do in one of these. My favorite thing about them is that the fenders are nylon type material vs that really slick plastic-y stiff wintecs are made out of. Synthetic Big Horns are the only synthetic western saddles I will buy or use.

I used to ride in one exclusively but it was owned by someone else and when I stopped riding with her, I had to give it up. But I can say that in the 3 years I rode in it, I never had any issues with comfort or security.

The only problem with it that I found was that it let me get into a really bad chair-seat. However, for a trail rider, a chair seat isn't the worst thing you can have going on. :)

I even have a mini one that my lesson kids use, that shows how "addicted" I am.

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thanks for the recommendation

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Are you opposed to used saddles? What size seat do you need?
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Not opposed at all, just hard to come by. I need a 17, prolly an 18 in something like a barrel.

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Thanks, I joined the group

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Unfortunately, I don't think you're going to find a lightweight, cheap, quality 17" saddle--and especially not in a barrel racing style. Maybe pleasure or trail.

I don't know anything about the knock-off Tucker saddles, called Trekker, in regards to quality, but you might look into them.
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