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post #11 of 19 Old 05-05-2014, 06:36 PM
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How old is Aires? I'd be tempted to wait on a new saddle until he's done growing and filling out. Saddles are so expensive, I'd hate to buy one and have it not fit and be searching again in 2 years or less. Everything thing I've heard about Big Horn saddles is that they're pretty nice btw.

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post #12 of 19 Old 05-05-2014, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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DA, he will be 5 on Friday. So he does still have quite a bit of growing to do (the schmuck ).

Since I've gotten the ok to use my Aussie to show in, I think I am going to wait until he's done growing to get a saddle. Heck, maybe by then I'll have made night manager at work and will be making enough to afford a Dale Chavez or something nice and custom like that. :-D
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There you go! I'm tellin ya, that Dale Chavez was worth waiting for, for me.

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I would love to ride in one before I bought one, but not many people around here have fancy saddles like that. I've seen a couple, but they have all been tiny seats that my big butt would never fit in. I also have a feeling that we are going to have to go with a draft tree by the time he's done growing. I printed out a template set that SouthernTrails posted a while back on another thread, so we will see which fits him best: the "wide" (FQHB) or the "extra-wide" (draft tree).
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If I was still in Tucson, I'd tell ya to come on down and give mine a try. It's the difference between riding a 10 speed bicycle seat and riding in a limo.

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Do they do custom trees, say, if I do need a draft tree?
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post #17 of 19 Old 05-06-2014, 03:59 AM
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https://www.dalechavezsaddles.com/

Call and ask them. I know they do a lot of custom work.

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post #18 of 19 Old 05-06-2014, 11:14 AM
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after reading a million reviews, I think I'm going to give a corriente a try. Cant really loose, for the price.

I own a bighorn leather endurance, model 806, and I love it, mine is semi qhb and too narrow for many of the horses I ride, so now I'm having to go hunting for a fqhb saddle, thus the corriente.

I have a saddle maker in town, and I drool over his work all the time. All I can afford are his bridles, as his saddles start around 6500, but if I'm rich one day, maybe.
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post #19 of 19 Old 05-08-2014, 07:15 PM Thread Starter
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BlueSpark, if Aires wasn't in a FQHB as a five-year-old with several years worth of bulking up in front of him, I would be all over a Corriente. LOVE their saddles, but I don't want to spend $600+ on a saddle that will be too narrow on him in a year or two.
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