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post #1 of 11 Old 10-09-2011, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Stingray Leather

I'm ordering a new Corriente saddle soon and I'm currently debating on having a suede seat or a stingray leather seat. Does anyone have any experience with stingray? I am more wondering what the texture is. It looks rather smooth and I'm not sure how much I would like it because my current saddle has faux ostrich that is very smooth and slippery.

I have tried researching it a bit and the most I've found is how durable and hard to damage it is, which is a plus, but I'd really rather not slide all over my saddle.

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post #2 of 11 Old 10-09-2011, 11:16 PM
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I've only seen it in boots, and its soft and smooth.

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Hm. That's what I suspected based on pictures. It will be a barrel saddle, so my butt sliding all over would be rather important. I wish I knew someone with one that I could test out, you know?

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First off, is it real stingray or imitation?

I've got a stingray saddle (and an ostrich, and a gator, and a couple suede). It's a little less slick than the ostrich and a little more slick than the gator and suede. It has kind of a plastic feel to it, lots of little bumps. If they don't put a bunch of padding under it, it tends to be hard. It's not terribly slick, but if you do want grip, then it's probably not the best thing--or at least pair it with roughout rather than slickout leather. And if you wear jeans with crystals, studs, or buttons on the pockets....you'll be making quite a sound as you ride and rub against all the little ridges.
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Definitely forgot I had this thread..

I called and asked and was told it was authentic. I intend on having the saddle be a half-breed, so I'll have the roughout jockeys and fenders for grip. I also hate any sort of buttons or jewels on my back pockets because they dig into my butt anyway.
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Cowhide is often used to mimic other hides, which machines can replicate, because it is readily available. Cowhide is also tough, partly do to quality tannage in the US. Why not google horsetackreview and see what is said there, by people who own Corrientes?
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I've checked their site and nowhere does it say what the trees are made of. Most reputable makers are up front with that. This is one brand of saddle I'd be passing up if I were shopping.
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I consider myself a saddle snob and have cowboyed most my life. A lot of the guys that I have worked with in the past have bought a Corriente brand saddle to "get them by" while they were getting a new saddle made(which can take up to a year depending on the maker and the length of the wait list) or having one repaired purely on the fact that they are a cheap/affordable saddle that fits a horse well. I have not heard anyone complain about it hurting horses. And most of these guys have at least 7-10 horses in their string that are rotated through the week and ridden anywhere from 6-14 hours a day and used to rope big cattle!

But this was their version of the wade saddle, haven't known anyone to ride their barrel saddle. However I would skip the stingray seat for running barrels. I love stingray it is pretty and tough but too slick for a barrel saddle seat unless you get the bicycle seat style inlay.

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post #9 of 11 Old 10-16-2011, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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I've checked their site and nowhere does it say what the trees are made of. Most reputable makers are up front with that. This is one brand of saddle I'd be passing up if I were shopping.
On the About Us page it clearly says, "Our saddles are on wooden rawhide covered trees."


Thanks, Cowchick. I'm still kind of debating about the seat because I'm not a competitive barrel racer right now and it'll definitely be a while, if I even get around to it. Ha. Maybe I'll get suede now and splurge on a fancy stingray saddle in the future, just to have one.
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I know up here it was a big fad to have stingray barrel saddles. Most barrel saddles I saw in tack shops had stingray.
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