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    03-24-2010, 03:50 PM
Is this a good saddle?

Does this look like a good saddle and a good price for it, in the link below? In a few weeks I'll be looking to get a saddle for my mare I'm getting on Sunday. I want to get her in shape a bit before fitting her with a saddle though.

Do you have any idea what kind of bars this saddle would have? And would it be a good type for pleasure riding/trail rides ect.? I'm just trying to get some information on saddles and am looking at the different ads, as I want to get a good one. Thanks!

Lightly used western saddle. Bighorn brand,excellent shape - Edmonton Pet Accessories - Kijiji Edmonton
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    03-24-2010, 03:53 PM
It might work well for you but I would not call it a good saddle. Many people have good luck with plastic trees and synthetic coverings but I don't like them.
    03-24-2010, 04:19 PM
So it is a plastic tree? How can you tell from a picture? I would rather have a leather saddle too - I'm just looking at my options for used saddles.
    03-24-2010, 04:22 PM
I don't know your prices in Canada but in the states, that would be a lot of money for a used synthetic Bighorn saddle. Secondly, there is no indication as to the tree size so you may be buying a saddle that doesn't fit your horse.

If you are considering a synthetic, look at the Fabtron. It's a much better saddle and down here they sell for ~$200 more then that used, Bighorn you have a link to.

Kevin knows it's a plastic tree because that is how those saddles are made - experience and product knowledge.
    03-24-2010, 04:42 PM
Thank-you both for the information!

I think saddle prices are pretty high here. I haven't seen a used western saddle go for less than $300 and I've looked at a lot of ads! As far as the tree size - that is what worries me too; very few ads I've seen actually tell what tree size the saddle actually is.

I'll look at the Fabtron saddles for sure. I would prefer a leather one, but they are so expensive here! At least what I have seen.

I wasn't questioning that Kevin knew it was a plastic tree - but I was just wondering if one could tell from just looking at a saddle, without having lots of experience like he has had.
    03-24-2010, 05:30 PM
That looks to be a Bighorn 102, cannot read the last number, but as a brown 15" that is the only number that works.

I has a Ralide Reg. QH Bar 6.75" Gullet, Tree in it.

New it sells for 425.00 in the States

To me that would make it worth 200.00, but that just me

    03-24-2010, 05:39 PM
Try Corriente Saddles. They are more money but you get a brand new leather saddle that will last you longer than your horse will.
    03-24-2010, 05:57 PM
Kevin, I really like Corrientes too, and I want to get one as soon as I get some extra cash, just bought a used NRS saddle, but as much as you promote Corriente on here I'm starting to think you either own part of them or are sponsored by them........LOL
    03-24-2010, 07:34 PM
Check my avatar - Corriente.
    03-25-2010, 12:26 AM
I was just kidding around about the Corrientes, they are a very good company, good products and customer service, I've just seen a few posts about them lately, kinda thought it was funny. Maybe just me!?

But IMHO it is better to spend a little extra on a quality new or used leather saddle, if taken care of properly not only can it outlast your horse, it could outlast your grandkids

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