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post #31 of 35 Old 07-03-2010, 02:00 AM
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You usually get what you pay for - at best. I recently bought a saddle off of Ebay...big mistake. Seller didn't have the measurements right. I'm short and fat - need a BIG seat to distribute my weight. Thought a 20" saddle seat would do the trick.

Seat was nice and comfy, but the saddle popped way up in the back - gullet was too wide, I think. If I had tried to ride Dancer in that saddle, I'd have cut her in half with the girth! Not only that, but the fenders were way too long, there was no way to shorten them enough for my short little legs. There went $400 down the drain!

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post #32 of 35 Old 07-05-2010, 10:39 AM
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dont get me wrong wintecs make great english saddles, but their westerns need to be binned!!

im with a lot of people here when i say go used! if that is your budget, any new saddle will only cost you more in the long run when it causes your horse pain and get you hurt, or the saddle breaks.

my daily riding saddle went out of production in 1985, so it's over 25 years old. but ive never had a back problem on ANY of my horses, and this thing is built to withstand a punishment. a good saddle is worth it's weight in gold!

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post #33 of 35 Old 07-05-2010, 01:00 PM
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Have to agree with you silver spur. Up until I bought my new one a few years ago, I was using an old Billy Cook from the '70s that my Dad had hand made. Even though it wasn't comfortable for me (it was made for him), I never had a sore horse or developed a white 'gall' spot on the withers or back.

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post #34 of 35 Old 07-05-2010, 09:06 PM
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I have a gripe about the Billy Cook Saddles. They are made just down the road a piece from me. You'd think they'd be cheaper around here, but OMG! If I had the $$, I really would grab one, though. I wish they actually had a shop there in Sulphur, but they don't from what I understand. I can't order a saddle to fit my fat backside and my short fat legs direct from their factory...

(Yeah, factory, even thought the saddles are well made, it's still an assembly line...)

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post #35 of 35 Old 08-11-2010, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Fifty View Post
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$

If you are looking for a good decent saddle, I have a 16" Abetta flex tree barrel model, round skirt with the tacky underside, for $300. It's gently and I mean gently used. I was not going to sell it because it took me a while to find a saddle that fit my boy, but I have decided that I really like the treeless saddles and getting me a Bob Marshall :)

If your interested let me know,

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