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        08-24-2011, 01:31 PM
      #1
    Weanling
    Info on this saddle...

    Does anyone have any experiance with this saddle? I am looking for a light weight saddle due to a back injury. I am open to sugestions on other brands/types as well. I have only ever rode western which is why I chose this one. I know I need to get the horse then the saddle to insure a proper fit but I am researching any options.
    16 18 Gaited Western Synthetic Horse Saddle Tack- Western Horse Saddles - Saddle Online
         
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        08-24-2011, 01:37 PM
      #2
    Started
    I wish my saddle weighed that! Have you looked at Wintec? Or, maybe an Australian saddle, they make synthetics, too.
         
        08-24-2011, 01:39 PM
      #3
    Weanling
    LOL thank you I will check them out. Is there alot of difference in riding a western saddle than an english saddle?
         
        08-24-2011, 01:45 PM
      #4
    Trained
    I would highly recommend this saddle for you http://westernsaddle.com/abensa2.html very light and easy to handle, very comfortable to ride in, seemed to fit a good selection of horses, just a nice all round saddle
         
        08-24-2011, 01:48 PM
      #5
    Started
    There is a different feel and there are others on this forum that can probably explain it better than me! I do ride both, but feel more secure in the western saddle. I have ridden in an Aussie saddle too (a Wintec) and loved it more than the western. But, I decided to start showing WP so I sold my Aussie. If you have a tack store near you, I would suggest going and sitting in as many as your rump can stand!
         
        08-24-2011, 01:53 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Thanks Golden I will check that one out.
    Gigem-There is a really good store close by they carry Circle 1 and Wintex.
         
        08-24-2011, 02:06 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    Opps I meant Circle Y not Circle 1.
         
        08-24-2011, 02:26 PM
      #8
    Foal
    I know this thread has already got some replies, but I'll go ahead and post my experience / opinion. I would say not to buy from that company; the saddles are no good in my opinion. I bought one five years ago, and it's absolutely useless now; so I learned a lesson about the quality and fit of saddles, as well as the importance of both aspects.

    I can recommend a couple brands from my experience though!

    First, I just bought an Abetta about a month ago, and I don't care what anyone says, I LOVE mine. It fits me and my mare perfectly, it's lightweight, (which is an amazing feeling after lifting my trainer's 40lb saddles for a while ) and I like that it's easy to take care of. I also like that it's comfortable for me and my horse. I gotta say that out of all the synthetics I've ridden, it's my favorite. The only thing some people might not like is that some models don't have front d rings without really being advertised that way, (like mine, but it's not a major problem for me) and that the seat is firm... not hard or uncomfortable, but firm - I like it that way myself. However, they do make more "cushiony" models, (or so I've seen advertised) and there are gaited and non gaited models as well. I think if you know someone with one, or if you know where they're sold, you should try them, because some people love them and some people just don't like them; I guess that's true on just about everything though. [:

    I can also recommend Kimberley Australian saddles from my experience, because I got one that came with my gelding about four-five years ago. I wish I could still fit in it - I've gained a lot of weight, but I'm trying to lose it all again so I can fit back in that saddle! I love it. It's comfortable, built sturdy, and it's gorgeous in my opinion. Another thing I read on the website is that the makers/seller on the website can adjust the tree to fit your horse if you send in a wither tracing. I really love mine, and I'd love to get an endurance model some day... they also have synthetics.


    Also, there's a shop I visited just outside of Shelbyville, TN (about an hour and a half drive from where I live) called the National Bridle shop. I'd seen their website a lot and wanted to go to the real place. They have two rooms full of saddles in a variety of styles and prices. I found several that I would absolutely love to have, along with several I could have afforded if I'd been shopping for my gelding, (gosh, I wish I had been, we went on a trip to the Shelbyville area for the day - chock full of gaited saddles and tack!) Their website is NationalBridle.com, (check out the used saddle section too if you visit the website) and the ladies who worked there were very friendly to us as well. They also have all sorts of different tack... bits, bridles, pads, and show clothes as well. (I wish we had places like this where I live.)

    I've not ridden in a Circle Y, but I've heard they're pretty good, (I guess that's why they're so popular.) Another one I haven't had the opportunity to try are Tucker saddles. They're pricey, but from what I've read, they're supposed to be great saddles. I really want to try one sometime myself.

    And as it was said before, visit some local tack shops and do some studying. Even if you don't find one you really like, (or maybe they're not right for your horse, it's not got everything you want, doesn't fit your budget, etc.) you can get a feel for exactly what you're looking for in a saddle.

    ...Sorry I wrote so much, but I hope this may help a little bit. :)
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        08-24-2011, 02:50 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Thanks Requiem don't worry about it being long it was very helpful. ; )
         
        08-24-2011, 03:03 PM
      #10
    Foal
    You're welcome, Calmwaters! I'm very glad I could help.
         

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