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    12-05-2013, 07:48 PM
Okay, am I insane? I think I'm insane.

I've started to want a western saddle. Really, for no good reason. They just look really comfy. I love my jumping saddle and all, but riding after riding in it for a while...Man, is my a** sore! I really like trail riding, but I seriously want to snap that tree in half after a while.

Plus...I kind of...Just want one. Because I think my little QH would look darling in it. And I have this gut feeling I'd be happy with the decision. I tend to trust my gut, it's pretty smart for the most part.

So I'm playing that dangerous game of looking around on eBay at used saddles, and there it is...A $100 dollar saddle. It looks like it's in pretty decent condition, albeit in need of a LOT elbow grease. Full QH bars, medium channel. Seriously looks like Blue's size. Honestly would probably fit him better than his current saddle. Skirt is kind of long, but I don't think it go past his last rib. Approximately my saddle size. Holy crap, this really looks like it could fit my horse and I...

And, if it doesn't fit blue and I, there's always the option of giving it some TLC and selling it for consignment and possibly making a profit. God, now I'm talking like it's going to happen!

So am I insane? Or is this reasonable? Here's the listing. Don't swipe it from me, I might cry...Ugh...
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    12-05-2013, 07:57 PM
Is it a brand name? I'm no saddle expert, but have talked to plenty, and the key seems to be that there's a lot of junk out there that looks nice on the outside, but are garbage so far as the tree, etc.

And is $100 the Buy It Now, or opening bid? If it's just the opening bid, then chances are (if it's a good brand saddle and shows well) that it'll end up selling for a lot more than the opening bid in the end. Keep in mind that shipping is likely to be pretty costly as well...however, even if it costs $75-$100 to ship it to you, if it still constitutes a good deal, by no means should that discourage you, just keep it in mind - anything bulky and large (think BIG box) will cost a lot to ship as it goes by cubic weight, not actual weight.
    12-05-2013, 08:02 PM

Trust me there is a reason it is 100.00, even brand new I would not give 100.00 for a King Series Saddle, or their other companies, Royal King or Silver Royal.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but your Horse and you will be thankful in the end.

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    12-05-2013, 08:13 PM
Originally Posted by SouthernTrails    

Trust me there is a reason it is 100.00, even brand new I would not give 100.00 for a King Series Saddle, or their other companies, Royal King or Silver Royal.

Sorry to burst your bubble, but your Horse and you will be thankful in the end.

Thank god! I don't know Western brands at all, so I wasn't sure if this was a POS or a diamond in the rough.

My wallet will thank you later.
    12-05-2013, 08:22 PM
Green Broke

You are far better off getting a used American made saddle. Abetta makes a decent, cheap synthetic western saddle. You can find Big Horns, Textans, Simcos all within reason used.

15" Abetta Trail Saddle | eBay

That one is virtually new and if you aren't going to do more than trail ride it's fine.

There are a lot of american made 15" leather ones listed.
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    12-05-2013, 08:28 PM
Looking at this now. Better, no? I've heard good things about Simcos.
    12-05-2013, 08:44 PM
Yea, the King series saddles are not American made and very cheaply made. And the pictures on that Ebay listing are awful. There's not one direct side shot in all those pics. Makes me wonder what they are hiding. Sorry. I'm a sucker for good, honest, close up pics and lots of them from every angle, whether I'm buying or selling. There are tons of good deals out there on good used American made western saddles, and I have bought several nice saddles (English and western) on Ebay so nothing wrong with that as long as you are semi educated on the brands. And that's where this forum can help you out so keep posting your ebay finds. Someone will let you know whether to jump on it or not. :)
    12-05-2013, 08:46 PM
This reminds me of a song, Good Saddles Ain't Cheap
    12-05-2013, 08:48 PM
Oooooo much better on the Simco, especially the older ones! That's a sweet deal there so far. I actually have a Simco trail saddle and love it. My friend has an Arabian tree Simco which I've also ridden in. Nice saddles for sure. :)
    12-05-2013, 09:24 PM
Green Broke
Darn links still circle me back to the forum.

I have a simco and it's great. The first western saddle I had back in the 70's was a simco too.

I figured out which one it was. I'd go for it. If it doesn't fit a good cleaning and better pictures will sell it for you for the same or better.

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