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    12-05-2011, 06:49 PM
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Foal
Rider's Choice Saddle

Just received my new Rider's Choice "Roper" saddle yesterday and was I sickened - what a poor excuse for a so called USA made saddle! No wonder the imports have no competition in America anymore, because we manufacture the same junk as they do! - Doesn't anyone take pride in their work anymore? That's pretty sad when they (Rider's Choice) highly boast the build quality of their saddles (see their add), especially when theirs is no better quality than the Mexico junk that's flooded our markets. Bottom Line, don't waste your time or money on Rider's Choice or it will be "RIDERS WORST CHOICE"!
     
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    12-05-2011, 06:51 PM
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Is there any way that you could share pictures of what the quality on the saddle is like and/or if there are any huge issues that are obvious so that other people can have an idea of what to look out for in poor quality saddles?
     
    12-05-2011, 07:27 PM
  #3
Foal
I plan on taking detailed photos of this saddle and putting them online as soon as I get a chance. I bought a Rider's Choice Roper saddle on Ebay that looked quite well made in the photographs that they were showing, but when I received the saddle it was NOT the one I had bought and greatly contrasted the saddle they were advertising with many defects, the biggest being poorly dyed leather with mixed colored splotching all over the leather. What was really obvious was the skirts were two different colors. The leather was jagged and poorly seamed together in many locations especially up around the cantle. The daly wrap was stapled of all things on to an unfinished horn. Only one side of any piece of leather is dyed leaving bare leather exposed under the skirts and fenders. The Fenders and stirrup leathers look like they have over spray on them. The end grain on the leather seams looks like they touched it up with shoe polish or magic marker. I haven't put this saddle on my horse yet and don't plan to either as I wouldn't want to embarrass him or I. All I can say is don't fall for the USA quality made saddle stuff they advertise because they're no better than the Mexican made junk that's out there.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:15 PM
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What do you want to bet that that is a knock off from India? It happens all the time.
     
    12-05-2011, 11:17 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I think you got scammed. All the reviews I have heard or read about them has been great or atleast in the middle. Never that poor. Sounds like you've been scammed. :/
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    12-06-2011, 12:25 AM
  #6
Foal
This saddle came directly from Rider's Choice and I've been told that the reason the saddle is of such poor quality is that the owner of Rider's Choice (who supposedly took pride in his work) recently died and since then the company has gone down hill. Apparently they showed photos of a decent built saddle (which I was suppose to get but didn't) and sent me a poorly made one of the same model. Where they really get you is if you return it they charge a ridiculous restocking fee plus return shipping, even though it's there fault the saddle is being returned to them. If I just didn't care for the saddle and wanted to return it I would have no problem with that policy. However, they didn't send me the correct saddle, so to me it should all be at their expense. I'd really like to have the saddle I paid for than to go thru all this paperwork with Paypal and Ebay. From the feedback I read on Ebay they build a decent saddle, but when you start reading other reviews they're compared pretty much with the basement stuff. Actually, I have a Buffalo saddle (Mexico) that's built better than this saddle Rider's Choice sent me. I'll get photos of the saddle within the week so everyone can see for themselves.
     
    12-06-2011, 01:17 AM
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For what it's worth, you might check into Corriente Saddle Company. They are based in New Mexico and do very nice, working quality custom saddles. That's where I got my newest one and I've known quite a few others that got saddles from them and we've all been very happy with them. Plus, they are very affordable.
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    12-06-2011, 01:20 AM
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You can always give them a bad review on Ebay, so they will be less likely to do this again.
     
    12-06-2011, 06:20 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Do they not have a return policy ? Send it back.
     
    12-06-2011, 08:18 AM
  #10
Showing
^^ Joe, poster said there is a high restocking fee (plus shipping a western saddle is not very cheap). OP, could you, please, post what they say about "returns"? May be there is a way to go around it. Plus if you paid with paypal you can always start discussion there too.

I'm sorry you had such a bad experience. :( That's exactly the reason I try to avoid buying expensive stuff through eBay: too many scammers.
     

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