So I've been looking for the right saddle for myself for ages and I think I may have finally found it.
It's a Rocking R. I've never ridden in a Rocking R before, but I've heard many good things about them and they seem to be the best at that price range. I think it was a custom, because it doesn't look quite like any of the models in their catalog.
I'm pretty in love with it, I think it's really beautiful, so I just want to make sure I'm making a sound decision and am not overlooking something, because I'm so enamored.
I'll be buying it online, but will have 2 weeks to return it, if I'm not happy (but really don't want to have to do that, as it would be an expensive return).
I guess I should say, this saddle will likely, mostly be used for starting colts. Although, I may pick up something not quite as nice for training, as I'm not too keen about putting such a pretty saddle on a baby, who might find a way to damage it lol
I've gone back and forth between what type of saddle to get, but ended up going with a roping saddle, because I do want to learn to rope at some point and I figure it's got a decently deep seat, should I end up using it to start horses. I would've preferred roughout jockeys and fenders, but beggars can't be choosers... http://i46.tinypic.com/2ntuyvq.jpg http://i46.tinypic.com/c4v7s.jpg http://i48.tinypic.com/2qu44jp.jpg http://i45.tinypic.com/2nuq87t.jpg
So, what do ya'll think? I'd be getting the saddle, breast plate, back cinch and bridle w/ reins (not shown in pics, but the woman said it matched the saddle and was high quality leather), for $700, including shipping.
Should I be at all concerned that it looks a bit dusty and like it hasn't had much oiling?
And what do you suppose the freckling on the right jockey is from? Do you think I'd be able to oil out the discoloration? What about the black scuff on the front of the swell (you can see it in the head on shot)?
What about the white looking residue on the leather of the rigging for the back cinch (visible in the shot of the left side of the saddle, right up under the jockey there)? That isn't mold is it?
And is it just me, or does the flocking look like it's taken twice the wear that the saddle has?
You can tell someone did some roping off of it, can anyone recommend how I should go about testing its structural soundness (this will be the first used saddle I've ever bought)?
Also, I'm slightly concerned, because I'm really probably more of a 15.5 seat size than a 16 (which is what this saddle is), but I'd rather go a little big on the seat than small. The problem is I have really short legs -- It often seems like on normal adult sized saddles the fenders are too long for me. I guess, I'd just have to sit in it when it comes and see if it will work. If those fenders are too long for me, is there anything I can do about it, short of like having the saddle refurbished with new fenders? lol
Thanks in advance!