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post #1 of 4 Old 02-16-2012, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Gaited Western saddle - which of two is better?

I would like some input on saddles. I don’t have much money to buy one right now, so I am stuck at the lower end of things. Sad face… I am going to be ordering one tomorrow because if I don’t get to ride soon I am going to go crazy.
Anyway, I have to stay UNDER $650 total, counting shipping. I have two saddles I am wavering between right now.
Horse info – 1200 lb very gaited National Show Horse (Saddlebred/Arab) gelding, 15.2 pounds, built like a tank. He has a very long back. (If it works and the video posts, he is not gaiting, just trotting). IT WORKS - but you have to click the first pic....

Me – plus-sized rider, 5’7”, more weight than I am going to state here. We ride trail, down the road, arena work only when it is too icky out to go out. I need something that won’t sore him for three and four hour rides.

The saddles I am looking at are these two:
1) Triumph Gaited Saddle
“A lightweight saddle perfectly sculpted to fit today’s gaited horse with a minimum amount of skirting for freedom of movement. Features smooth leather throughout, neoprene in skirts for comfort, padded smooth leather seat, aluminum stirrups with rubber tread, blevins style quick change buckles and minimal skirting for freedom of movement.
TREE: Rawhide Covered
BARS: Full Quarter
SKIRT: 24 x 21
WEIGHT: 22 lbs.”

The second saddle is:
Flex Lite Gaited Saddle
Flex Lite Gaited Saddle
This National Bridle Shop exclusive was designed and Made in the USA for YOUR gaited horse.

  • Made on a Gaited Ralide-Flex tree
  • Multiple position flat plate rigging
  • Matching Accessories Available
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • 4" Cantle
Detailed Description:
The Gaited Ralide-Flex tree provides a great fit, with flexibility to move away from pressure points, giving your horse the freedom of movement required to gait correctly and comfortably. Short, rounded skirts also help prevent gait interference. The multiple position flat plate rigging and angled rear dee allow you to customize the position of the saddle for the optimum performance of your horse. Skirts and fenders are made of durable and handsome 1000 Denier Cordura to keep the saddle lightweight, around 23 pounds,and easy to care for. Rider comfort is enhanced by our padded seat, available in suede leather seat, and 4" cantle. Stainless steel hardware, Blevins stirrup leather buckles, silver plated conchos, and unmatched quality of workmanship make this saddle durable and affordable.
Less girth. Weight 23 lbs.

I am leaving towards the flex lite saddle (#2) as I like the idea of the flexible tree to aid to fit, but I have heard that it can make things worse with a heavy rider. I would really love input from anyone who has heard or, even better, has experience with either of these brands.
I had a friend at the same stable buy this saddle – but I make clothing out of thicker leather. The tree, where it was strait, fit great, but it was NOT STRAIGHT!!!

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The Triump is made by a Royal King a Import from India .... Run Away, don't walk.......

The other Saddle is actually made by Fabtron just re-labeled National Bridle, Fabtron is good American Company and makes good Saddles


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post #3 of 4 Old 02-16-2012, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by yadlim View Post

I like the idea of the flexible tree to aid to fit, but I have heard that it can make things worse with a heavy rider.
The National Bridle Saddle has the Ralide Tree in, there is no weigh limit like many other brands. You will have no worries on that one.

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Thank you thank you thank you!!!
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