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post #1 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Need suggestions for a light western saddle

I've recently been kinda shopping around for a saddle that I can take with me to college next year. I was wondering if any one had any suggestions on where I can look to find one and maybe some brands I could check out? I don't want one that is super expensive and fancy basically because its going to be used to start colts and general pleasure riding. It absolutely needs to be light As I physically cannot be lifting a 50lb saddle constantly off and on repeatedly due to medical reasons. I thought maybe a synthetic but again I don't know which brands would be good. Or even what kind of western saddles do you use to train horses in if you do train?

Sorry if this is a stupid question, just figured I'd ask and maybe get some more ideas.
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post #2 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 04:06 PM
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It's a painful question for many as many can't lift heavy saddle (I'm an example - I have issues with wrists). You can look into synthetic: Abetta, Big Horn. Or if you definitely want leather my saddle for example (Alamo) as well as some models of TexTan are rather light (mine is under 30 lbs).
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post #3 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 04:18 PM
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For a light western saddle? Go synthetic. Synthetic westerns are light weight and extremely comfy.

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Agreed with both of the above posters.

Abetta makes incredible synthetic saddles. They last for a long time if cared for properly, and they are super light. I have an Abetta Crossover Saddle, and it weighs around 20lbs or so. I use it instead of my heavier barrel saddles for an easy going ride, a trail ride, or on a younger horse.

They are easier to clean, as well, which is always a good thing.

Some other good brands that make synthetic are Wintec and Big Horn.

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post #5 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 04:54 PM
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I used to be opposed to synthetic due to their often cheap look but you really any beat 'em for being light weight and easy to maintain. The couple is ridden in recently were actually pretty comfy too!

If you want leather still...maybe go with a barrel type, or an edurance even. I know endurance isn't strictly western but they're light weight an might be ok to break a horse in like you mentioned.
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post #6 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 05:43 PM
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I like Wintec for synthetic western saddles and they aren't too expensive. I don't like the look of Abetta saddles (from what I've seen in pictures) because of the cloth look.
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post #7 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 05:58 PM
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Yeah I love Wintec.

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I have a synthetic Wintec Western all-rounder and I love it. Lightweight, easy to clean.
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post #9 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the replies they've been a great help. I'm not too crazy about the look of the abetta's, something about them is putting me off though my dad did find one for 50 bucks lol but he didn't know anything about it so he didn't get it and it was missing stirrups. Anyway I really like the look of the Wintec's and they sound great especially that one you posted equiniphile loved the way it looked and sounded plus its like 19lbs which is great for me. So thanks everyone for the great replies they've helped a lot.
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post #10 of 19 Old 12-01-2010, 08:45 PM
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You could try Corriente's Barrel saddles. I am hoping to get one next spring. They only weigh about 25-30 lbs. I hope to be using it when I start my horses next year.

There are a few people on the board that have one of their saddles and they say their pretty good. I also have a friend that has 4 of them, and says he'll never buy a different brand of saddle.

https://corrientesaddleco.com/Home_Page.php

Ps. When I spoke to them, they said their barrel saddles including delivery ran around that $479-$499 price range.

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