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    08-29-2012, 11:40 AM
A good saddle?

Can anyone tell me some good saddle brands that don't cost an arm and a leg?
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    08-29-2012, 11:51 AM

English or Western?

Proposed type of Riding?

Dressage, Jumping, Trails, Barrels, etc.

Of course with New Saddles any price that looks to good to be true usually means they are junk

    08-29-2012, 09:58 PM
Western, preferably gaited or flex-tree or treeless... I'm a trail rider and don't have to have a trail saddle... I can and will trail ride in pretty much any type of saddle. I will not, though, buy anything synthetic.
    08-29-2012, 11:43 PM
I, too, prefer leather.

If you aren't going to rope, then any textan type saddle with a ralide tree will probably do nicely. They are less expensive that the rawhide/bullhide types. I've met trail riders who tell me that barrel saddles work well for them.

What are you looking to spend?
    08-30-2012, 01:47 PM
I've never used a TexTan saddle, but my cousin bought one and it put a huge knot on her horses spine... She couldn't ride her horse for months and had to go buy another saddle for him because he couldn't be ridden in the TexTan. I'm not sure if I would like to chance it... and I've heard several times in the past that TexTan saddles were like the TomThumb bit... cheap trash... (no offense meant, it's just what I've heard).

My price range will probably be around $800...

My mare's saddle is a Circle M... it's great and I love it, but I don't know if I would be able to find one that fits for my impossible to fit gelding, lol... that's why I mentioned a flex-tree or treeless...
    08-30-2012, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Britt    
but I don't know if I would be able to find one that fits for my impossible to fit gelding, lol... that's why I mentioned a flex-tree or treeless...

There still is no garuntee it will fit. Those arn't fix all saddle fit.
    08-30-2012, 02:28 PM
I know, but I thought it may be easier to find one that fits him... Regardless, I'm taking him by trailer to the tack store or stores I go to when I do start trying to fit him for a saddle... I'm going to measure him and get an idea of a few saddles I may want, then take him and fit them to his back and see if they would work... I just want him to have a nicely fitting saddle.
    08-30-2012, 06:26 PM
Check out corriente saddles...i don't have one of their barrel saddles, but I have a roping saddle and an association/ranch saddle that I treat pretty rough, ride in them a lot, and they fit all of my horses pretty well....all for under $650 or so shipped! I have had the roping saddle(I rope 2-3 times a week during the spring/fall) since '05 and it is holding up great...I have had the other one since 08 and it is also doing well - it's just not used as hard.
    08-30-2012, 06:33 PM
Originally Posted by Britt    
I've never used a TexTan saddle, but my cousin bought one and it put a huge knot on her horses spine...
Yuck. That's awful.

I just meant you could go with any American made, leather saddle with the fake tree and (as long as it fits) you'd be alright. They just don't hold up to heavy work, like roping grown cattle.

I have a saddle of that quality that I usually use when starting horses with saddle (just because it's easy to put on and take off with one hand) and it's lasted 16 years now.
    08-30-2012, 07:15 PM
Britt, my friend has an Ortho Flex she had custom built. Very nice saddle... 16" seat. I know she doesn't fit it anymore...has all the shims. She wants $1000 for it and I know she paid $2600. Here are some pictures of it I took for her. If you are interested in it pm me and I will put you in touch with her.


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