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post #1 of 6 Old 01-22-2013, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Jack of All Trades Saddle

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Finally decided to trade in my Crates Freedom Trail for something more comfortable and vesitlile. Am really happy with my Crates Reiner and bought the freedom because I had liked Crates so much and at that time had planned to do lots of trail riding. I have found that it isn't as comfortable so I've decided to sell it. My horse is really short backed so the reiner isn't a good fit. At this point I'm looking for a saddle that I can just throw on and ride. I'd like to be able do some sorting, try my hand at roping (probably just breakaway but you never know), do some barrels and western games and also some local showing. Anyone own or recommend a saddle that would be reasonably good for those things. How about an "all around" or something like the Crates Light Versatility? It's a tall order but any recomendations would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-22-2013, 12:23 AM
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I would suggest a roping saddle. Brand and fit would be up to you. But there's little you can't do in a ropin saddle
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-22-2013, 12:26 AM
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Perhaps a Saddlesmith Barrel Roper combo saddle? It's sturdy enough for roping, but light enough for daily use and more mobile in the sturrips for sorting.
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Whatever kind you get, please make sure the tree is at least rawhide covered wood if you are going to rope. That type of tree will make the saddle heavier, but well worth it in terms of safety.

There are good trees being made out of the same composite materials that is used in the noses of fighter jets. At this time, those are used in higher end custom saddles. I can get you some contact info of makes if you are interested.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-22-2013, 10:55 PM
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I like Dakota brand. They have great roping saddles. Here's mine. It's comfortable for myself and horse and great looking. The only drawback is the weight. It's close to 40 lbs. and this is a pic from the online store not my actual saddle I didn't have a pic of it on hand. Here's a site with some options. Dakota Saddlery, Dakota Saddles, Dakota Saddle
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-23-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'd love a custom but that isn't really in the price range that I can afford, plus he's 25. A young 25 to be sure but still getting up there. If I'm just thinking of doing breakaway (if my guy would rope at all) do I need a roping saddle? I know roping tress are sturdier and in most cases heavier so I could have a lighter saddle if it wasn't a roping saddle. Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. I'm really just looking for something that I can throw in him and go. A little trail, maybe some games and I'd like to be able to do some schooling type shows in it too. Anymore thoughts?
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