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post #1 of 20 Old 12-17-2013, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Good, cheap saddles

Does anyone recommend a specific saddle brand thats nice and cheap?
All I can find is wintec, and I am not a fan of them.
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post #2 of 20 Old 12-17-2013, 07:45 PM
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Wintec makes Western and English, which kind?

BTW, good and cheap are not something that belongs in the same sentence with a Saddle

Look for a Good Brand that is Used if money is scarce


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post #3 of 20 Old 12-17-2013, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrails View Post

Wintec makes Western and English, which kind?

The only I`ve ever used was english, but if western is the same quality, then that too.
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I like Greenhawk's Supra for a cheapie English beater.

I like Big Horn for a cheapie Western model.

But I own neither... Used quality units for the same pricing are always the way to go, ime.
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Good, cheap saddles...

...can be occasionally found at pawn shops in non-horsey areas.

It's up to the buyer to know what is good and what is and is not a bargain.
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-17-2013, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrails View Post

Wintec makes Western and English, which kind?

BTW, good and cheap are not something that belongs in the same sentence with a Saddle

Look for a Good Brand that is Used if money is scarce

Very, very true. If it's a cheap saddle to begin with - it isn't worth anything. If it's an expensive saddle it will never really be "cheap." Although it isn't impossible to find good deals.

If you don't like the english Wintecs you won't like the western. I disliked my Wintec CC, I hated my Wintec western trail saddle. It just felt like a cheap piece of plastic tacked onto a cloth skirt. I'd familiarize yourself with the good brands that aren't cheap brand new (with a reputation of being well made and LASTING) & search for them used. I paid $270ish for a used Courbette Athena. They're not super high end saddles but they aren't crap either. Made in Switzerland. Took months of searching eBay but I've always been able to find something I'm looking for at a reasonable price.

Personally, I've had a harder time running across awesome deals on western saddles. That could be though because I'm looking for a certain size.
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post #8 of 20 Old 12-17-2013, 11:20 PM
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For a good cheap saddle, your best bet is looking at used name brand saddles. Those new jobs that are less than $300 are utter crap that I wouldn't put on a horse I hated.

For western, I like Corriente. They are affordable (but not cheap as far as quality) and still good working quality. I got mine for less than $700 and I couldn't be happier with it...but it's very utilitarian with zero decoration. If you want something flashy that's going to turn heads, then you're looking at quite a bit more money.
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-17-2013, 11:44 PM
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You can't go wrong with an older Circle Y. You can find them used for around 300 and up. I was actually able to score a used circle y show saddle for $550 (not dripping with bling, but a good amount).

Like everyone else has said, a used quality saddle is a better investment than a cheap Indian made piece of junk.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-18-2013, 04:45 AM
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I don't know what sort of saddle you're looking for, I don't know a whole lot about western.

I do think Wintecs are the cheapest decent english saddle you can get, especially secondhand - you can pick them up super cheap. A bit more expensive is the Trainers Masters saddles, I actually really like them and they're very reasonably priced. They are probably what I am looking at for my next saddle.

If secondhand is an option then you'll have a wider range of choices, but it all comes down to what fits you and your horse.
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