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    10-26-2009, 01:47 PM
Green Broke
Need a new saddle...need suggestions

I am going to have to purchase a new saddle for my horse - the one I have (brand new Billy Cook Trail Saddle 1536) is pinching his withers and making a mark on him. I have tried gel pads and an extra wood pad - he actually bucked yesterday with me...not a bucking fit but a little buck which for this horse was the same as having a wall eyed fit.

I borrowed a Tucker to try to see if I like them, I am considering purchasing one of theirs. I am also looking at Southern Trails. I am looking for comfort for my horse and myself like everyone else! I like my Billy Cook - it is wonderful but this particular one doesn't love my Red. I have also looked at the Steele saddles - wow they are nice and a stable buddy has one I can try.

What is your dream saddle - I basically trail ride for pleasure and would one day maybe ride in competitive trail so I need a saddle that is 30 lbs or so.
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    10-26-2009, 02:36 PM
A saddle that is pinching your horse is going to be worse with extra padding. Kevin at SouthernTrails is a great person to deal with and very knowledgeable - give him a call and he can get you going in the right direction.
    10-26-2009, 03:03 PM
Green Broke
My "dream" trail saddle (with a traditional tree) is a Hope trail saddle. They're pricey, but I just love the design and concept. A friend has one, but it's too small for my hiney, so I have not ridden in one. She and I like the same kind of "feel" in our saddles, so I'm sure I would love one.
The Hope Saddle is the Ultimate Trail Saddle

However, my favorite trail saddle that I have ridden in is my Bob Marshall treeless saddle. I LOVE IT! Very comfy, fits all but the WIDEST of horses, light weight, and looks good too. I have the endurance model, but with a taller cantle w/cheyenne roll, and tooling. I bought it for $1,000 used and it was well worth it! Because there is no tree, you do need a good pad. I use a Skito Treeless saddle pad and ThinLine western pad under that. I am a heavy rider (250 lbs), so I like to double pad. If you're not heavy, then just the Skito is enough.

Here's my mare and saddle, shortly after I got it (April 2007).
    10-26-2009, 08:54 PM
Green Broke
Those are GORGEOUS!!!
    10-27-2009, 10:13 AM
Green Broke
Any other suggestions? I have looked at a bazillion saddle companies and still don't have a concrete decision!
    10-28-2009, 11:52 AM
Green Broke
Find a local saddle shop that does trials. I would start by taking out some of their saddle and see what you like and what fits your horse best.

Saddles are a real personal choice, we all have our favorites. Plus fit of the horse can be a real big issue.
    10-28-2009, 10:40 PM
Green Broke
A local feed/supply/saddle store said they would come out and try different saddles on Red. There is a saddle shop on the west side of Houston (about 110 miles away) that fits but hauling across Houston bites!

I tried a Steele on Red today and it seemed to pinch in the same place as my Billy Cook. Red wasn't switching his tail though!

I am going to try my husband's Full Quarter Horse Bars Billy Cook on Red in the morning. LOL I will find something!!
    10-29-2009, 04:52 PM
I have gone through a few saddles, and finally bit the bullet and spent the cash and got a continental Nevada saddle. A few of the girls at my barn have them and swear by them, and let me tell you, I am a believer! They are super comfy, you can ride for hours, have a nice deep seat and do wonders for my horse. He is so happy in this saddle. Their website: Continental Saddlery 888-730-6464 but sometimes you can pick them up on ebay cheaper.
Good luck with your search!
    10-29-2009, 10:46 PM
Green Broke
Wooo hoo those are gorgeous!!!

This saddle thing has just about drove me nuts. I can't stand the thought of causing my boy any sort of discomfort. I have searched the internet and looked at a bazillion saddles. I went back and read all kinds of information on forums about saddles and fitting saddles.

I looked at the Skito pads and am going to try one to fill in the hollows behind Red's big shoulders. It might might not but if it does I can keep my brand new Billy Cook saddle!

They are over nighting it to me and we are leaving as soon as I receive it to go camping at an equestrian park and ride all weekend!

Anyone use the Skito pads here and have an opinion or review?
    11-02-2009, 07:26 AM
I've had many different brands and one that was custom made over the years. I needed a saddle fast since I sold my Mastercraft. I figured that an inexpensive saddle would be OK and I also figured that I would go used to gt the best value.

I ended up with a Corriente saddle with a rawhide covered Wade tree, 17", roughout seat and fenders. I couldn't believe the price or the value for the money. I still can't see how they can produce a saddle of that quality for what they charge. Even with the extra for the 17", the round skirts, the extra tooling, and the medium oil stain, it came shipped for $700!!! I expected to send it back as junk but it is a pretty nice saddle - wide tree too.
Corriente wade saddle.jpg

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