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    07-20-2009, 11:56 AM
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Weanling
Ozark saddles..any thoughts?

I never heard of this brand before to be honest but in my are there are NO tack shops unless I want to drive 2 1/2 hrs and the one that is actually a feed store carreis some tack and is a dealer with Ozark..anyone ever heard of them? Any thoughts? I thought the saddles didn't look that great but pics can be deceiving..Thanks
     
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    07-20-2009, 03:00 PM
  #2
Showing
I goggled them and looked at their saddles. I'm not too impressed and I definitely don't like the trees on the majority of the ones I saw. For the same kind of money there are two places I would look, one is Southern Trails (who is also a member here - and located in GA), the other is Dakota. I've had 2 Dakotas over the years and they were well worth the money.

I met Kevin from Southern Trails (after I bought the Dakotas) and was impressed with the saddles he carries.
     
    07-20-2009, 04:09 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
I goggled them and looked at their saddles. I'm not too impressed and I definitely don't like the trees on the majority of the ones I saw. For the same kind of money there are two places I would look, one is Southern Trails (who is also a member here - and located in GA), the other is Dakota. I've had 2 Dakotas over the years and they were well worth the money.

I met Kevin from Southern Trails (after I bought the Dakotas) and was impressed with the saddles he carries.

Great thanks for your response! I wasnt impressed by them either but I'm not a saddle expert and really my first time saddle shopping. I'm particuarly interested in Rocking R (hard to find used) Textan, or a billy cook. I see a lot just not so many with the specifics I need FQB is what is really getting me right now a lot are semi and i'm pretty sure I need full.
     
    07-20-2009, 04:17 PM
  #4
Showing
If you are thinking new rather then used, Rocking R is a good saddle, Billy
Cook made in OK is good, TexTan used to be decent but not so much anymore.

This is the method I use to check my horse against a saddle if I can't take my horse with me:

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Go to the hardware store and get about 4’ of 12 or 14 gauge house wire (the kind electricians use to wire a house) and cut it in half. This was written for Western saddles but the principle is the same for English or Australian.

Take 2’ and shape it over your horse’s withers. Take the other 2’ and shape it over the center of his back.

Carefully take the wires and trace the inside of the wire on a heavy piece of cardboard (or poster board if you have it). Cut out the cardboard shapes and take them to the saddle shop to fit against some saddles.

This part is Western: Keep in mind that QH bars in one saddle may not be the same in another brand. There are no standards for saddle trees so each manufacturer has his own idea what dimensions make the designations.

As for you, your bum should not be squished against the cantle, it should have a little room at the top and there should be about 4" of space between your tummy and the swell.
     
    07-20-2009, 04:34 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
If you are thinking new rather then used, Rocking R is a good saddle, Billy
Cook made in OK is good, TexTan used to be decent but not so much anymore.

This is the method I use to check my horse against a saddle if I can't take my horse with me:
Thank you for that info! I will use that! I have a Rocking R show saddle and love it and fits my horse great that's why I really wanted a Rocking R just didnt wnat to buy a new one at this point! Thank you for your help!
     

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