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post #1 of 8 Old 05-28-2009, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Some questions about buying a saddle?

I found this website-- Horse Tack : English and Western Tack at Wholesale Prices TackWholesale.com and it seems too good to be true. The prices are incredible! But could it be a ripoff? Or the stuff is cheaply made? Also, I have been told not to buy saddles from unknown/unofficial brands. Have any of you heard of Derby brand saddles? Does this look like a good saddle? Tackwholesale.com : Quality Tack & Equestrian Supplies : Derby General Purpose Saddle [12-1208]


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I would suggest that you avoid them. Saddles in that price range are typically very inferior in quality and can actually be harmful. They are usually Asian imports. The tanning process on their leather is poor (usually Water Buffalo), and their trees are not well made. For the same money look for a quality used saddle or even a synthetic.

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post #3 of 8 Old 05-29-2009, 10:35 AM
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Some of the saddles they offer could be good, but I suggest that you look up the brand names on www.horsetackreview.com to see what others think of them.

It looks as though the Derby saddles aren't too well liked, but there's only two reviews in the AP section. The Paris Tack brand that TackWholesale also carries seems like it might be a better option.

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What I did when looking for a new saddle was I went to my local tack shop and found somthing that I liked. Then I looked for that same saddle on the internet and found it for half the price from a manufacturers sale site. In the shop it was priced at 1500 just for the saddle so I ordered it and got a matching breast collar for 745 from the web site. I got it and it is a VERY well made and sturdy saddle that has survived many young horses and large cattle with no issues of causing pain to my horses.

You just have to be really careful about where you buy them from. Sometimes you can tell quality from the photos but most of the time you can't. Good luck finding something that works for you.

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Shopping and comparing is the only way to go but you need to know a good saddle from a bad one. I needed a new saddle and found a used one on consignment at my local tack shop. The asking price was $1,100 and I ended up getting it for $850 and had him throw in a matching pulling collar and (since he was a farrier) got him to give two free trims on my guys. He only had 4 or 5 rides in it and it just didn't fit him.

This is the saddle I just got: American Saddlery, Inc. > The Top Hand

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I have a 15.2 10 yr. Old AQHA palomino gelding that has muscled up so much that his full bar Billy Cook saddle is too tight in the withers because his shoulders are now so big. I have been trying other semi quarter horse bar saddles and they are still too tight......any suggestions?
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I have a 15.2 10 yr. Old AQHA palomino gelding that has muscled up so much that his full bar Billy Cook saddle is too tight in the withers because his shoulders are now so big. I have been trying other semi quarter horse bar saddles and they are still too tight......any suggestions?
There is no exact agreement between manufactures, but here are some averages.

Semi-QH 6.5" Gullet 87 Degree bars
Reg. QH 6.75" Gullet 90 Degree bars
Full QH 7" Gullet 92 Degree bars

If you Horse is too wide for FQH, Semi-QH is going in the wrong direction.

I am not sure what BC FQH is but some brands may have 1 or 2 degree flatter angle that would help.



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I found this website-- Horse Tack : English and Western Tack at Wholesale Prices TackWholesale.com and it seems too good to be true. The prices are incredible! But could it be a ripoff? Or the stuff is cheaply made? Also, I have been told not to buy saddles from unknown/unofficial brands. Have any of you heard of Derby brand saddles? Does this look like a good saddle? Tackwholesale.com : Quality Tack & Equestrian Supplies : Derby General Purpose Saddle [12-1208]


Thanks for answering my questions!
Derby and Tahoe are from the Same Manufacturer in India, the main difference is Tahoe has American Leather on it and a little better tree, but bother trees are Indian.


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