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    07-02-2010, 09:36 PM
  #21
Green Broke
"Stallion" saddles are Asian junk. They may look cool, but they are not worth the price to ship them.

The second link looks about the same.

These cheap leather saddles are made with inferior leather on soft wood (pine) or fiberglass (sometimes called fiberflex) trees. The trees are often warped out of the box. If you are lucky enough to get a straight tree, they often fit the horses oddly and can warp or crack over time. They are not made to last. The metal hardwear will be nickle plated steal. It will pit, rust, and corrode over time. If you're unlucky, it can break.

Abetta saddles are made in the USA on quality USA made Ralide trees (a good brand name of trees). They don't last as long as a good leather saddle, but they will hold up to use better than an Asian import, and you can trust their trees and workmanship to good.

If you want a leather saddle, look for an older brand name saddle.
     
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    07-02-2010, 09:42 PM
  #22
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Fifty    
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.
No, they're not. The company may be based in the USA and the saddles might even be assembled in the USA, but the materials all come from overseas. Just the leather alone to make a decent quality saddle is going to cost $300-600, and that's going with lower to mid-grade US or Mexican made leather.

Hilason tries to claim they're made in the USA as well. If you call them, they all have foriegn accents. If you look at the pictures of their shop, they're all foriegn workers (likely from Pakistan or some where in that area of Asia). If you get a hold of one of their saddles in person, you can tell right off that it's made with Asian leather.
     
    07-02-2010, 09:56 PM
  #23
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
No, they're not. The company may be based in the USA and the saddles might even be assembled in the USA, but the materials all come from overseas. Just the leather alone to make a decent quality saddle is going to cost $300-600, and that's going with lower to mid-grade US or Mexican made leather.

Hilason tries to claim they're made in the USA as well. If you call them, they all have foriegn accents. If you look at the pictures of their shop, they're all foriegn workers (likely from Pakistan or some where in that area of Asia). If you get a hold of one of their saddles in person, you can tell right off that it's made with Asian leather.

Yeah my friend has a Hilason, she hates it.
     
    07-02-2010, 10:25 PM
  #24
Yearling
Wintec honey! All The way. I own leather (Bates Elevation) and synthetic (wintec all purpose), and the only reason why I stopped riding in my wintec is cause my horse's back changed and it no longer fit. I still own my wintec for my other horses though... I've had it for eight years, used it everyday for about six of them, and I could sell it as 'looks like new'. It's great, I love it to pieces! They hold up so much better then the nylon-looking saddles, and you can just hose it off to clean it. They're light for barrel racing (they even make a barrel racing model), and you might buy one... and never end up getting a leather one. ;)

They're also in your price range... and if you found one lightly used, you'd even save some money.

You can tell how much I love my wintecs by the fact that when it came time to get a leather saddle, I bought a bates--same company. :)
     
    07-02-2010, 10:39 PM
  #25
Weanling
I also reccomend Wintec. They are fairly inexpensive and I like my Wintec western saddle. I agree with everything Mayfeild said about them.

Have you looked on your local craigslist? There are lots of people selling good used saddles in my area, I bet there are a few listed on your local craigslist.
     
    07-02-2010, 10:41 PM
  #26
Showing
Personally I think Fabtron is the best synthetic/leather combo out there.
     
    07-02-2010, 11:13 PM
  #27
Green Broke
I like Bighorn the best for a synthetic/leather combo saddle. I've had one ever since I bought my first horse nearly 15 years ago and it is still in great shape. I don't ride it anymore because I've moved on to better saddles, but it's held up GREAT.

What I would recommend though is a good quality used saddle. The reason is this:

If you spend $300 on a junk saddle it will be worth perhaps $50 used (if that much, and if it doesn't break in the meantime) if you ever go to sell it.

If you pay $300 for a quality used saddle, then in a year or two when you go to sell it, you will get your $300 back out of it, because good saddles don't depreciate. So look at it that way. You can loose your $300 on a junky saddle, or get your $300 back out of (and perhaps maybe even make a profit on) a good used saddle. It just makes better financial sense.

Plus the odds are in better favor of a quality used saddle actually fitting your horse. But, if you want to go new for around $300, get a Bighorn, Wintec or Abetta. There ARE Bighorns in that price range and I think they are better quality than the Abettas. I have never ridden a Wintec but folks seem to like them.

PS. I didn't mean to leave out Fabtron, I just have never seen one in person so that's why I didn't comment on those.
     
    07-03-2010, 12:09 AM
  #28
Weanling
I found this but I normally ride in a 16in, some 15 depending on the brand :o Wintec Synthetic Barrel Saddle - Horse.com
     
    07-03-2010, 12:29 AM
  #29
Green Broke
Wintec western saddles are not as good as their English saddles, at least IME. I prefer Big Horn or Abetta over Wintec's western.
     
    07-03-2010, 12:33 AM
  #30
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Quote:
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Wintec western saddles are not as good as their English saddles, at least IME. I prefer Big Horn or Abetta over Wintec's western.
Agreed.

I've heard more bad things than good about them, and had bad experiences of my own.
     

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