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post #1 of 10 Old 03-04-2009, 05:04 PM Thread Starter
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Leadline Saddle Options - help

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I am looking for a leadline saddle for a coming 2-year-old. She is tall for her age, but I'm still finding that all stirrups are still too long - even on the smallest of seats. I saw a picture on the Hobby Horse site of a toddler in a saddle that had the stirrups removed and reaattached by a strip of leather. I have a good leather craftsman in my area, so this is looking like a viable option. Hobby Horse Clothing Co. - Smarty Pants

So now I am looking for a good 12" saddle (too grow with). She will start showing just a local circuit, but we will hopefully return to ApHC shows in the coming years, so I want something that looks nice and will last for many years. It doesn't have to have a lot of "bling" as long as it fits well and looks modern. I am also very okay with something used.

So my question is...where to look? What have other horse show mom's done? I've scoured ebay and have found a little potential, but it looks like a good leadline saddle is hard to find.

What do you think of this saddle? It looks a little cheap, but I haven't been able to find anything of nicer quality save a used circle y that went for an outrageous price.
12" Double T Childrens Western Show Saddle - eBay (item 220372175973 end time Mar-13-09 21:22:13 PDT)

Thanks for any help!
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-04-2009, 05:19 PM
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Double T's are cruddy, I would steer clear.

The Alamo youth show saddle is a good one.
Alamo Youth Show Saddle

Southern Trails makes nice saddles, and they will help customize one for you for a reasonable price. Email customer service and see what they can do for you.
Western Saddles, Trail Saddles, Western Trail Saddle, Ranch Saddle

Nice little saddle by Courts.
Flat Creek Saddle Shop - Courts Kids Saddle

Not sure of the mater on this one (HR?) but it's a cute little barrel saddle.
Flat Creek Saddle Shop - HR Kids Barrel Saddle

If you go with an off-the-rack saddle, a local saddle repair shop should be able to take the fenders off and replace them with just plain 2" leather straps that you can adjust really short, and keep the original stirrups.
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-04-2009, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the helpful links! I really like that Alamo saddle...maybe I can find one well used. My budget is much closer to the $500 range, but that may be do-able if I can find one of your suggestions used.

I never thought about having something custom made either - thanks for the suggestion.
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post #4 of 10 Old 03-23-2009, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'm still looking for a saddle...I missed out on a used Alamo on ebay & haven't seen much else decent in my price range. Just thought I'd give the thread a little bump in case someone might be able to help.
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-25-2009, 08:29 AM
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I would try craigslist. Around here alot of people are selling off there extra saddles and tack for some cash, or if there is nothing posted, maybe try a wanted ad there. ya never know when someone might bite.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-27-2009, 12:14 AM
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I know this is above your range, but maybe you can haggle it down:


You can always buy a silver set if you want silver:

American 13in. Youth Saddle

Anyway, equinehits has a lot of good used stuff. Good luck!
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post #7 of 10 Old 03-27-2009, 05:04 AM
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If you can find a good used saddle, then that would be the way to go. But if you cant, here is a link for a new Alamo kids saddle that is within your budget. I don't really know much about the brand but it looks like a decent quality saddle from the pic
Alamo Youth Saddle "1101"
Plus you can always buy one of those silver kits to add some silver if you wanted.

And here are some others that I found.
Add to Cart (I can attest to the quality of simco saddles. It took a 2000 lb. Percheron to damage mine and even then, it was an easy fix.)
NRS - National Ropers Supply - Western wear, horse tack, horse trailers, team roping, cowboy boots & hats
American Saddlery - General Grant Youth Saddle - Horse.com
King Series Bobcat Competition Saddle - Youth: Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com=

And of course with any saddle, you can have the fenders removed and replaced with the simple straps like luvs2ride said.

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I'm not sure about Alamo kid saddle, but I own Alamo adult :) saddle and it's very comfortable.

Just wait a little, new saddles pop up on ebay ALL the time...!

Good luck!
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post #9 of 10 Old 03-27-2009, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for taking the time to link such helpful information! Lots more options out there than I originally thought. I have a nice friend who has offered to lend me their leadline saddle for the season until I find something - which takes a little pressure off pushing the buy button. I will try to follow up once we finally decide what we want. Thanks again
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-06-2009, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Just wanted to post that I bought a saddle off ebay - although some of the other links above did have some promising leads. It is a 13" Wildhorn. Don't know much about Wildhorns other than they are made in America for the European market - otherwise I can't read what I am assuming looks like German. The leather and silver look quality, but not amazing quality, but I think I got it for a decent price and it ships today - so I guess I'll see soon what the quality really is - can't wait - thanks again for all the help!
If it fits the rider and horse okay, we have a saddle craftsman lined up to change out the fenders for straps...hopefully it all comes together before our first show in May:) I'll try to post a picture when she's all up and showing (My sister is a fashion design major so she has the cutest teal leather outfit with lots o' bling - good thing for connections or she'd be showing in her jeans and whatever Wal-Mart had with a collar - kid's show stuff is expensive:)
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