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    09-04-2009, 11:05 AM
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New saddle ideas

I have a Circle A cutting saddle that according to the one peice on it, it was made in 1975. For the last couple of rides it has not felt right on my horse. Either of my horses have acted any differently of uncomfortable.
And I was thinking my saddle is worn out or getting close, and this might be the time to buy a new saddle.

I want a ranch saddle like this one
CACTUS SADDLERY :: Makers of fine, hand-crafted saddles

Why other options, that would be similar quality wise?
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    09-04-2009, 11:50 AM
How about this one: American Saddlery, Inc. > The Top Hand

I have a used one that I got a few months ago that is a little small for me. I need a 17 and this is a 16 so it's up for sale. I LOVE the saddle.
    09-04-2009, 12:20 PM
Green Broke
Most Cactus saddles are very nice. Hand made, quality leather, definitely nicer than the new Circle Y's. Some on sale:
Teskey's Saddle Shop: Ranch Saddles

Martin saddles are a good choice:
Teskey's Saddle Shop: Ranch Saddles

Teskey's own brand of saddles are quality too:
Teskey's Saddle Shop: Ranch Saddles

Nice custom saddles:
Ranch Saddles - Custom Handmade Saddles - Paul Custom Saddlery

King Ranch saddles are great:

ST makes nice affordable saddle (US made):
Ranch Saddles, Wade Saddles, Wade Saddle, Ranch Saddle
    09-04-2009, 08:43 PM
I have a Simco roping saddle and love it. I think they make ranch type saddles too. Mine is the Navajo roper and it is incredibly sturdy and very well made (been through a lot in the last 5 years).

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    09-05-2009, 10:41 AM
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Thank you everyone so far, Can anyone tell me the difference between a Wade and a regular ranch saddle?
    09-05-2009, 10:52 AM
I am not sure but I think that a Wade has more to do with the swells (or lack thereof) and how the seat is shaped. Not positive though.
    09-05-2009, 12:31 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Kentucky    
Thank you everyone so far, Can anyone tell me the difference between a Wade and a regular ranch saddle?
A wade is the tree shape. It has to do with the shape of the pommel.

History of the "Wade Tree":
Wade Saddle History

The saddle sets low on a horse, giving a horse better leverage while holding heavy livestock that has been roped. The horn is low and out of the way when roping. The horn has a prominent lip to make dallying with your rope easier. Working buckaroos really like the saddle because of the way it fits a horse, never moving whether riding in steep mountains, or on the flats.
Wades do very well on low, mutton withered horses that normally have problems with saddle roll.

There are a lot of saddles out there billed as a "Wade tree", but they're actually A-Fork saddles. A-Forks are similar in shape to a Wade, but they have a taller pommel.

True Wade saddle:

How it sets on a horse:

A-Fork Saddle:

Notice how the pommel and seat are shaped similarly to the wade, but the pommel is higher and more upright. These saddles are more suited to horses with tall withers or more narrow frames. They do well on gaited horses and horses with more Thoroughbred blood in them.
    09-05-2009, 01:33 PM
I've always prefered an A fork or wade saddle. I find that it seems to fit a wider range of horses. Some people like the idea of a saddle having swells feeling that it gives a little more security but you can add a set of bucking rolls to an A or Wade if you like.

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