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post #1 of 9 Old 09-16-2012, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Question Opinions Please Help, Just bought this saddle

I had to buy it. It has silver heels saddlery stamped in seat. It weighs about 50 pounds, rawhide wrapped tree feels solid as a rock. Paid 600. It really has that feel of a custom 4,000 dollar saddle. Only problem is I can't find one thing online about this maker. So im thinking its a custom maker that didnt make many saddles. Based of pictures whats your opinion, Fender position, seat, pommel height etc? Does it look like a balanced saddle from what you can see? What kind of saddle, Roper, penning etc? The reason I ask is cause the pomel is high as heck.

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-16-2012, 02:21 AM
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I can't tell exactly what kind, but it kind of looks like an all around saddle. Another thing is it is NARROW!
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Concho to concho is 7 inches, and I know based off the picture that it appears narrow. But that is some thick fleece. The pommel is pretty high on it so it looks narrow, but if you look at the bottom of the pommel by conchos, its not that narrow. When I say concho to concho, im reffering to the leather at that point by fleece.
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The front of that thing scares me lol. I wonder if you can shave off the fleece without ruining the saddle, or have it redone. I've never seen one with that much before.
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iam no professional but it looks like a roping saddle to me..and the more you look at it... the pommel is high...but where it sits on the horse where all the fleece is does get wider... but that front part is very high. Just make sure it fits your horse properly....check out your fleece options like the previous people are saying. That's what I would do.

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My guess is a modified association tree with semi quarter horse bars (it would fit the horses I ride). Full-double rigging. I would consider it to be a roper type, though not necessarily for calf roping since they often favor low cantles.

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We have become accustomed to seeing the shorter napped synthetic fleece. Good sheepwool is thick and fleecy which means it will last for years. However it is heavier than the synthetics which adds to the weight of the saddle.
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Yeah, I have never seen it that thick either on any saddle. I was kinda joking when I told my girlfriend that I wouldnt need a pad with this saddle. It is built strong as heck for roping, but like you said I wouldnt rope off of it due to that being so high. On the upside its perfect for poning my yearling colt and keeping the rope off my thigh If that fleece does get in the way, I will pull out the clippers and give it a hair cut. Thanks for the input
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-16-2012, 02:48 PM
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I think what makes that saddle look so narrow is the bar angle. It looks kinda steep, like it would fit a TB rather than a flat backed QH.
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