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        07-01-2010, 09:30 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Ok, I'm thinking that I'm going to be getting a Synthetic saddle because it will mostly be for Pleasure riding. If I come across a nice used leather one though before tuesday then I will buy it :)
         
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        07-01-2010, 10:18 PM
      #12
    Banned
    Im big on used saddles...I like my saddle broke in by someone elses butt before I get in it. If you are going the synthetic direction, get a used one. You can usually find pretty good deals on them in either tack shops, trade sights (horseclicks.com tacktrader.com) or ebay.

    I like the wintecs and the bighorns way better than the abettas. They arent as comfortable and in my experience, they wear down faster. I could be a spokesperson for bighorn leather saddles and have ridden in a few synthetic bighorns and they were both comfortable. Like I said in a previous post, most bighorns are made with semi bars.

    Good Luck in your search!
         
        07-02-2010, 10:25 AM
      #13
    Foal
    take out a loan

    If there is any way you can get a loan, and buy descent than that is what I think you should do. If you throw your money at a piece of junk now, then you'll have a horse with a sore back=bucking=doctor's bills. Lol
    My neighbor is actually a saddle maker-his market is reasonably priced endurance, trail type saddles for around 700. You might want to google 2acre saddle ranch and see what you get. I would tell you to start going to auctions, bring someone who knows what they are looking at-you have to check the trees. Also, look at the stitching, wide , really wide stitches are not made as well as small stitches. Look at the back of the cantle and how the leather lines up with the skirt. You don't need tooling to have a nice saddle-some are stamped and some are hand tooled and some are rough out which helps keep you in the seat. Go to tack shops and look at some used-that 300 bucks is a nice layaway payment. You could possibly borrow a saddle from a friend in the mean time or learn to ride bareback. I've had the pleasure of buying really good, really expensive hand made saddles-there is a difference that you and your horse can feel. But remember when buying off ebay-none of them take returns-the silver on those saddles are the cheap kind-they tarnish and cannot come back with all the silver polish in california, and most are made in india-that leather is so stiff and cheap-i don't care what the sellers tell you-they are trying to make a buck and don't know about saddles most of the time-good luck
         
        07-02-2010, 10:32 AM
      #14
    Showing
    ^ Good advise ... and welcome to the forum.
         
        07-02-2010, 10:48 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Red face

    Thank you
         
        07-02-2010, 05:20 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Honey, your life is worth more than 300.00.

    Would you consider an Aussie saddle? I have 2 of them that I am selling. They have no horn and are made by Outback Saddlery.
         
        07-02-2010, 06:04 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cindijo    
    if there is any way you can get a loan, and buy descent than that is what I think you should do. If you throw your money at a piece of junk now, then you'll have a horse with a sore back=bucking=doctor's bills. Lol
    My neighbor is actually a saddle maker-his market is reasonably priced endurance, trail type saddles for around 700. You might want to google 2acre saddle ranch and see what you get. I would tell you to start going to auctions, bring someone who knows what they are looking at-you have to check the trees. Also, look at the stitching, wide , really wide stitches are not made as well as small stitches. Look at the back of the cantle and how the leather lines up with the skirt. You don't need tooling to have a nice saddle-some are stamped and some are hand tooled and some are rough out which helps keep you in the seat. Go to tack shops and look at some used-that 300 bucks is a nice layaway payment. You could possibly borrow a saddle from a friend in the mean time or learn to ride bareback. I've had the pleasure of buying really good, really expensive hand made saddles-there is a difference that you and your horse can feel. But remember when buying off ebay-none of them take returns-the silver on those saddles are the cheap kind-they tarnish and cannot come back with all the silver polish in california, and most are made in india-that leather is so stiff and cheap-i don't care what the sellers tell you-they are trying to make a buck and don't know about saddles most of the time-good luck
    Nope, no way for me to get a loan. I can't afford anymore than 300$ and currently, I have no saddle to ride in. I know how to ride bare back, that's what I have been doing, but I don't like hurting my horses back and I don't have enough balance to do anything strenuous bareback. My friends don't have any saddles that fit my horse. I found a lot of Saddle Makers on Ebay that take returns O.o and I know that some saddles I have been looking at are made in the United States. Everything you guys have been suggesting I have already looked into, but none of them would work out. I was just looking for opinions on said saddles, I know they won't be the best quality, they only need to hold up until next summer, I'm not looking for anything to last me 20 years, just something for me to ride in for maybe a year.

    Draft Rider - Sorry, no. I have no experience with Aussie saddles and I'm pretty sure they aren't fit for barrel racing.
         
        07-02-2010, 06:11 PM
      #18
    Showing
    The only thing with buying a cheap saddle is just that.......they're cheap. The trees are crap and made from sub-par materials that will bow, bend, and break, and any one of those tree problems could and likely would result in pain and possibly damage to your horse. We are just trying to suggest things that would be the best for both you and your horse. If you are looking for something short term that you don't need to last the lifetime of your horse, maybe a synthetic is the way to go. I personally would never use one but I have heard of many people who were very happy with theirs. If you want a leather saddle, probably your only option to get a decent one in your price range will be to go used. I would stick with the rule of thumb that anyone offering a new leather saddle for less than $600, don't trust them and don't buy from them.

    Only reason I say $600 is that I know a company that hand makes saddles and their prices start at like $650. They are not the top of the line highest quality but they fit, they last, and they are functional.
         
        07-02-2010, 06:14 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    The only thing with buying a cheap saddle is just that.......they're cheap. The trees are crap and made from sub-par materials that will bow, bend, and break, and any one of those tree problems could and likely would result in pain and possibly damage to your horse. We are just trying to suggest things that would be the best for both you and your horse. If you are looking for something short term that you don't need to last the lifetime of your horse, maybe a synthetic is the way to go. I personally would never use one but I have heard of many people who were very happy with theirs. If you want a leather saddle, probably your only option to get a decent one in your price range will be to go used. I would stick with the rule of thumb that anyone offering a new leather saddle for less than $600, don't trust them and don't buy from them.

    Only reason I say $600 is that I know a company that hand makes saddles and their prices start at like $650. They are not the top of the line highest quality but they fit, they last, and they are functional.

    Yeah I have been looking at synthetic :/
         
        07-02-2010, 06:34 PM
      #20
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Fifty    
    yeah I have been looking at synthetic :/
    Nothing wrong with that. Synthetics can last just as long as leather, so long they are a good quality and are taking care of.

    I believe you were looking at an Abetta, yes? I have one, and I know an older lady who purchased one ten years ago and is still using the same saddle today. It doesn't look as pretty as it did once, mind you, but it is still usable and safe.

    I have this Abetta in blue and it has held up pretty well. I also have three other leather barrel saddles that I usually use (More often than not I am in my Billy Cook, but I also have a Tex Tan and a Circle Y), but there are times that I don't feel like lugging around a 25-35 pound Western saddle, so I throw my Abetta on my horses.
         

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