Originally Posted by SouthernTrailsGA View Post
I have seen some good Mexican made Saddles, a very popular one many people like on here is made in Mexico.
The one on Ebay looks pretty rough, without a Name on it there is no way check if others have one similar and it is comfortable for you and the Horse.
Sometimes it takes a while to find a good used Saddle, but I would try to stay with a Brand that is recognizable and made in the US or Canada.
The problem with Mexican-made saddles is the leather. It isn't the same quality as US made leather. The tanning processes are different. However, you can get a nice-looking Mexican saddle for a lot less than a similar one US made. Likely the tree will be synthetic as well. Sad to say, but a good western saddle is pretty expensive. The Indian and Asian knock-offs you see on ebay and elsewhere in the $500-1,000 range aren't nearly as good as similar US made saddles, but the US ones run in the $2000+ range.
If you can find an old Simco that is in good shape, in the $3-500 range, you will have bought a good off-the-shelf saddle. Most will have regular QH or semi-QH bars and will fit a wide range of horses. There are a lot of other makers of the same quality. They have made affordable off-the-shelf saddles for many years.
That roping saddle on ebay, looks like a solid saddle. Looks like it probably has regular QH bars. Should fit most Quarter Horses ok. The ad says it is full-double rigged, but it looks like 7/8 to me. You won't want a wide cinch for that one. Rear cinch is not necessary, but the slots are there if you want to ad one. I would ask whether the tree is sound and if the horn is tight. Otherwise looks ok. The saddle has seen a lot of use and some minor repairs to the rigging are visible, but looks solid. If you can get them to throw in a string cinch it will save you a few bucks and make up for much of the shipping cost. You certainly couldn't go wrong with it at $150 current price.
You mentioned having the saddle fit to your horse after you buy it. Not really possible with a western saddle. You can re-stuff an English or Aussie saddle and adjust it somewhat, but a western saddle is pretty much set before they start adding leather to the tree. Then again, a lot of people make fitting a western saddle to horse a lot more technical than it really is. It's really nothing to be afraid of. If your horse is a QH type and has pretty normal conformation, that roping saddle would fit fine.