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post #1 of 20 Old 03-24-2011, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Saddle help

Looking for a saddle under $400 and this is what I have found so far... anyone have suggestions?

King Series Del Rio Trail Saddle Package -
16" Buffalo Roper - 16" Buffalo Roper
Good clean condition - 16 in. Western Saddle
Nice western saddle. - ** Western Saddle **
like new - all around

I have been riding in a King for about a year and have been hearing bad things about them but I am still leaning towards the del rio since my experience has been good thus far. Also will be doing mainly pleasure type riding and possibly barrels at local fairs.
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 02:33 AM
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I liked the Buffalo.

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post #3 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 02:40 AM
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buffalo for sure...king series..heard bad things and I believe they call the cardboard leather..inbetween the leather and fleece has tightly pressed paper..when wet the riggings can come loose..just to let you know...Not sure if it's like that for the king series but I almost got one for my hubby but heard bad things about the trees breakings and whatnot.
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post #4 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 11:13 AM
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First three are junk saddles, I would pass. The fourth looks okay, Simcos are good saddles. I would want to see pictures of the last one, but Textan is a good brand.
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post #5 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 11:21 AM
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Ya don't like Buffalo saddles?

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post #6 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 07:53 PM
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I agree with luvstoride. the first three are junk. The two middle ones are actually made by the same manufacturer. If you look at the 3rd saddle you will see a large V where the seat stitching ends at the cantle. That is a signal to pass the saddle up. They are sold under various names and don't fit either horse or rider very well. Need to see the TexTan. I'd normally recommend that brand but I'd like to see the saddle's condition.
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post #7 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 07:56 PM
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The Simco looks ok. Fairly nice shape, good brand name. The style of tree is the most comfortable for trail riding.
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post #8 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 08:07 PM
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If you are looking for a bigger saddle, I have a 17" BigHorn saddle that I would consider parting with for $325. It would be much better than the King series or the Buffalo.

For the record, Buffalo saddles *used* to be pretty nice and the older models really did hold up. These newer ones though...they are pretty junky.
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post #9 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 08:25 PM
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Hmmm I do like the looks of the Buffalo and from the pics look like it would be decent leather.

I also like the Simco but I am a lil biased because I owned one for 15+ yrs.

And the TexTan no pics to judge but that brand is well known and liked.

I would get a used name brand myself, so if you do sell, you will get your $ back.

Good luck and happy hunting!

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post #10 of 20 Old 03-25-2011, 10:15 PM
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I agree. First 3 are junk. I almost bought that Simco lol! It looks really nice but heavy which is why I decided not to buy it. I did buy an old Simco but it only weighs 25#. Would need to see pics of the Tex Tan. I'm kind of skeptical about that one though since the ad says it's like new and only $125, and has been for sale since before Christmas. Makes me wonder if it's really a Tex Tan.
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