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post #1 of 14 Old 06-13-2013, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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I can't comment to the quality as I've never seen that make before, HOWEVER I do know that REALLY good used reining saddles sit in the $2000 price range in the Alberta region and new high quality saddles are in the $3000-$5000 range.
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Many years ago the skirts were fashioned as these are and it was discovered that they would curl. Because of this I've often wondered why the style would return.
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No idea, but it looks like it would be comfortable. Not sure I really like the squared-off skirts though.

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I would need to know who makes, it, and am sort of surprised that info is not available. Perhaps if you knew the maker, you could get the saddle for less without the name associated with it. Typically you will pay a premium for that. I also am not a fan of the square skirt, and in my area, do not see many of them. I would also suggest that you try several. I have one that has a "narrow twist" tree, which is by far more comfortable for most women. If you are not a woman, that is not a concern. I even bought a really high dollar used saddle that was older-and HATED it-even tho it was custom made for a woman, it was older, and the tree was more for a male anatomy.

Anyway, there are some pretty nice reining saddles out there, depending on your budget....and what you want. THe top ones around here are the Bob's custom, Continental, Leddy, Ryon.....Leddy and Ryon being really hard to find used.....THey are nice, but a Leddy was what I tried----On the lower end, but still nice saddles-Rocking R and Crates, they actually make a lady reiner, which is a nice saddle.

Good luck-I personally would find something else for the $$-but then, I prefer a really good used one myself.....

**Edit-went back and looked at them again. Look at the perfoamance saddle. That one I quite like. It has a deeper pocket and a narrow twist.
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Sorry to post yet again-went to the Stagecoach west website. (as listed on the Westfall site) I happen to be familiar with them, since they are about the only western retailer anywhere around, and they are 2 hours away. Very reputable. But, on their site, they list the performer saddle as being made by "bar J". I happen to have bought a "bar J" from them several years ago, and know that it is actually made by "rocking R"-so a good saddle. However, I would suggest that you check out the Rocking R's-you may find the same thing or something you like better for the same $$ without the Westfall name.

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*head desk* Really? A swivel snap fro $8 that you can get at any hardware store for half the price. Gah!

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I love the look of the pointed square cornered skirts. But like saddlebag said they curl and the points on the front of the skirts get ruined if you don't always have a rack handy to set it on or lay it on it's side rather than tipped up on the front end.

And finally back on topic:
Since Fn'B found the maker I would go that route rather ordering through her website if you are dead set on that saddle. If they are going to charge $8 for a $3 swivel snap who knows what the mark-up on the saddle is.
I agree that a used Bob's or Continental might be your best bet especially if you want re-sell it down the road.

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So, then is Rocking R a good saddle?
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I loved mine. I would consider them middle of the road, but like them.....hard to explain. If you cannot afford a Bob's or one even more pricey-Rocking R's are great. It was my starter reiner, and held its value well when I wanted to upgrade.

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So, then is Rocking R a good saddle?
They used to be, after the owner passed 2 years ago quality has bottomed out, I know 2 people that sent theirs back for problems.


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