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post #1 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Saddle Online?

Hi, this is my first post here on the Horse Forum. I have a few questions about SaddleOnline.com and this saddle in particular.

Brown Western QH 12 13 14 Show Leather Saddle- Western Horse Saddles - Saddle Online

Has anyone purchased through Saddle Online or used this saddle?
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 01:31 AM
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I haven't used saddles online but that saddle looks like a piece of junk. Even a cheap saddle should cost $600 if it is of decent quality. Don't waste your money on junk like this.

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post #3 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 02:11 AM
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I actually got a saddle from them once, and im going to get another (I sold my first one, thinking I wasnt into western anymore... WRONG!). They are really comfy, put you in a nice position (atleast the one I had did), and are cheap; right up my alley! My saddle fit every horse I put it on, but that isnt saying much as they were all pretty close in build. The only thing is that if you have a loose lower leg, the leather will wear on the flap (I dont know western terms, sorry!). But besides that, I loved it.

I did show in mine too, the judge thought it was a really expensive saddle, she was shocked when I told her it was only $300!

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post #4 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 02:56 AM
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In that one picture of the front of the saddle, it appears to have fleece lining in the space between the bars directly above where the spine of the horse would be. I have been told numerous times that is a sign of a poorly made foreign import. Just by looking at the saddle itself, the leather is very poor quality and the saddle likely has a very weak tree in it that is likely to break given the least pressure. A new saddle that is any good quality at all with cost much more than 600. If you are looking for something cheaper, you might look for a used saddle.

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post #5 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 11:23 AM
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I'm afraid that I have to agree with Kevin and smrobs. I've seen that saddle up close and it is pure junk made in Asia. The tree is suspect and the "leather" is like cardboard.

If that is the price range you need to be in, you and your horse would be better off with an American made used saddle.

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post #6 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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What should I be looking for in a good used saddle? I've noticed that some trail saddles are less expensive than all-purpose. Can they be used for sprinting?

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-23-2009, 01:11 PM
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First of all, in looking at a used or new saddle, I would only consider saddles produced in the US. The US saddles will have a much higher grade of leather and stronger trees.

The second thing I would look for are named brands. You can find good deals on lesser known saddles such as Dakota, or Rocking R. The larger named brand saddles such as Circle Y, Tex Tan, or Billy Cook (the ones produced in OK, not TX), or the older Simco, Longhorn saddles - not the newer ones, will be more costly.

What do you mean by a sprinting saddle? If you mean a saddle for gaming then look for a barrel saddle.

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