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    07-01-2010, 02:15 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question Handmade Saddles You never hear about?

So a lot of you were telling me to get a leather saddle, and I had my eye on two saddles on Ebay. One is the "Stallion Collection Saddles" that I can't find any reviews on the saddle itself, and one is a Handmade, no name, saddle that is like a home made saddle. They both look really nice, and they have really good feed back and prices, but I'm still worried about the quality :O

Thoughts?


STALLION'S LAVENDER GATOR PRINT BARREL RACER SADDLE 16" - eBay (item 180525525594 end time Jul-04-10 07:47:06 PDT)

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Beautiful 16" Western Barrel Racing Saddle - eBay (item 110548132579 end time Jul-16-10 20:35:27 PDT)


Those two against this:

Abetta Cordura Saddle - Horse.com
     
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    07-01-2010, 02:43 PM
  #2
Showing
I would certainly avoid the second one. From everything I have ever been told, saddles with wool covering the gap in the gullet are generally made overseas and are terrible quality. The trees are crap and will bend or break and the leather is usually very poor quality.

The first one is questionable. Any saddle with that much silver should be closer to $1000 if it is decent quality.

If you want a good leather saddle, I suggest looking for one that is used. They will usually be cheaper than a new one and if it has been used very hard at all, you can tell the quality by that. I don't know anything about synthetic saddles so I can't help you there.
     
    07-01-2010, 03:23 PM
  #3
Showing
^^ Personally, any new leather saddle under $700 will most likely be an import and to be avoided. The first saddle you showed can't possibly have conchos made of sterling silver - possibly clad over some other metal, but certainly not sterling. Secondly, on that saddle, 22 pounds is pretty light for a quality leather saddle. Lastly, at that price, and to include a headstall and breast collar, makes me seriously doubt the quality of the leather and tree.

The second option is no real different then the first but I like the stirrups better.

The Albetta is a synthetic and most likely made better then the other two - if you like synthetic.

As smrobs posted, if you want a quality saddle at the price you are looking at, go used.
     
    07-01-2010, 03:50 PM
  #4
Weanling
I had the exact same opinions you guys have had. I have been in the market for a Used Barrel Saddle, 16in Seat, semi-qh bars for about 5 months, and haven't found anything in my budget. I am also really picky about how the saddle looks. If I get leather, I want a barrel saddle and I want Rawhide accents. So right now I haven't found anything. Since I'm only going to be using a cheaper saddle this year (not showing, maybe a working/for fun riding/a few open shows maybe) I figured I would just get a cheap one. And I will be saving up all this year for like a Billy Cook, alamo, Circle Y, etc. Does that change your opinions at all? That's why I'm looking into a synthetic.
     
    07-01-2010, 05:13 PM
  #5
Showing
I can understand your point but you are going to waste your money on a cheap saddle - and possibly hurt your horse's back at the same time. A good used saddle will usually return your investment a year latter - two years latter.
     
    07-01-2010, 07:47 PM
  #6
Showing
I have to agree with Iride. You would be better off spending the money on quality now. I got my saddle about 6 years ago for around $850. It is a heavy duty roping saddle and it is incredibly well made. It took a percheron to damage any part of it. There is a member on here that makes hand-made saddles and I have heard they are really good quality. I think that iride actually got one from him if I'm not mistaken. His username is southerntrailGA or something along those lines. You might PM him and visit about what he can do for you.
     
    07-01-2010, 08:28 PM
  #7
Showing
Exactly! My avatar is the saddle I got from him ~2 months ago (mine is without the bucking rolls and with different stirrups). You can speak to Kevin and he'll do the right thing for you if you want new. Western Saddles, Trail Saddles, Barrel Saddle, Ranch Saddle
     
    07-01-2010, 09:14 PM
  #8
Weanling
I see what you guys are saying, like I said, I don't have a saddle right now to ride in, and need one, the most money I can spend is 300$
     
    07-01-2010, 09:18 PM
  #9
Weanling
Here's the Stallion Collections Website which shows that these saddles are made in the USA. Stallion Tack Inc | Top Quality Saddles and Equestrian Products

That's the maker of the First saddle I posted.
     
    07-01-2010, 09:26 PM
  #10
Showing
I would stay away from them too. Anybody advertising a roping saddle for less than $400 is a joke. Just the parts, if they are quality, would cost much more than that. That tells me that they aren't using quality materials. And frankly, that Wade tree roping saddle they have pictured is a piece of crap. If $300 is your budget, then I would certainly look for something used. Or if you are comfortable getting a synthetic and it fits your horse, that would be fine too.
     

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