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    04-12-2011, 10:18 AM
Help with Saddle Makers

King Series Dixie Roper $380

Kent Logan Made saddle $750

I know by looking at them that the Kent Logan is a better made saddle but the price is much heftier too. Does anyone know much about both makers to steer me in the right direction? Is the King Series a bad saddle or just 'cheap'?
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    04-12-2011, 10:46 AM
I've heard King is just bad. I'd suggest to look at Big Horn or Fabtron instead.
    04-12-2011, 10:49 AM
I agree. Bighorn makes a great saddle for a smallish price. You can usually pick up a used on for under $400.
    04-12-2011, 11:19 AM
I figured the King Series couldn't be all that great when brand new, they run less than $500. This one in particular looked really nice - not as "cheap" as the others I've seen.

What about Royal King?

Am looking at Big Horn, Buffalo Saddlery and would love to find a Circle Y in my price range... :sigh: I love the Kent Logan but don't know enough about the maker to decide if it's good or not and if the price is fair?
    04-12-2011, 11:25 AM
Big Horn, unfortunately, are usually too narrow for Chili but I am still looking.
    04-12-2011, 11:27 AM
I'd add Bill Cook and Textan. Although Textan is pretty expensive (Circle Y range I believe).
    04-12-2011, 11:35 AM
Avoid Buffalo as well as the King. Both are cheaply made saddles. The Kent Logan is a nice saddle. Look into Dakota as well.
    04-12-2011, 11:45 AM
Textans are nice.

Bighorns make a semi and a full QHB. The full would fit your wide bodied QH's.

While I find Circle Y's beautiful to look at, I don't think they are very comfortable.

Textans are very nice and the ones I have had have been nice and wide.

The older Billy Cooks are very nice if you can find them for under $500.

What size seat are you looking for? I am in search of a narrow saddle and if I come across something nice in 'wide' I'll let you know.
    04-12-2011, 03:06 PM
Thank you about the Buffalo/King.

I like Billy Cook but they tend to be heavier and I have arthritis and it's difficult for me to lift them. Maybe I'm wrong and it was just the saddles my friend has. ???

TexTans are also on the (long) list. I have looked at so many saddles since Dec, my eyes are swimming. I love Reinsman saddles too and if I can find one that fits in my price range, I'll probably go that route first.

Corino - I need a 16-17" seat. MUST be FQHB with a wide tree. The closer the contact, the better. She is wide, short coupled, well sprung ribs, low withers. Foundation bred. I need a round skirt or square no more than 26 1/2" long. What are YOU looking for?
    04-12-2011, 03:10 PM
What about Simco? I know this has been discussed in another thread but I don't remember what was said about them.

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