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    10-11-2013, 08:54 PM
  #1
Foal
Tack question

Hi guys, im nowhere near getting tack yet as I have no horse, but I was wondering if anyone has ordered tack from chicksaddlery.com before and how the quality was

And how you would know what size to get and such if ordering.

I was looking at Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com English Starter Set
Specifically but it seemed really cheap so I wasn't sure how good the quality would actually be? Anyways any help you could provide would be great thanks!
     
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    10-11-2013, 09:01 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I would suggest on buying/leasing a horse first, and then concentrate on tack thereafter - would ensure a proper fit for the horse. There's no such thing as "One size fits all" when it comes to buying a saddle.
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    10-11-2013, 09:05 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Northernstar    
I would suggest on buying/leasing a horse first, and then concentrate on tack thereafter - would ensure a proper fit for the horse. There's no such thing as "One size fits all" when it comes to buying a saddle.
I wasnt planning on buying anything yet I was just doing research and planning... which is why I was asking questions on how you figure fit... and what the quality would be like...
     
    10-11-2013, 10:30 PM
  #4
Yearling
This is really a 2-part question:

Chick's Saddlery: I've ordered from them several times, and have always been pleased with them. Their descriptions are accurate, their service is good, and their prices are great.

English starter set: Please don't do this to yourself or your horse. A good saddle costs $1500-$3000 new. A great one up to $5000. So how good do you think a $160 one is, including all the accessories? (hint, a good headstall costs more than that whole set).
Those starter sets are made in India or Pakistan out of water-buffalo, with sub-par construction and workmanship. They often put you in a bad position, making you fight the saddle. They can hurt your horse, both from odd flocking, twisted tress, and gullet plates that are made of crappy steel that flexes over time.

Here's what you want to do:
Get the horse first.
Study his/her back shape: this includes a wither-tracing taken about 2" behind the scapula and a profile along the length of the back. Determine the tree width.
What kind of riding will you be doing? Determine whether you need a dressage, A/P or Jumping saddle.
Then look for good deals on USED, QUALITY saddles. If you are a savvy shopper and know what you're looking for, you can get an older, but well-cared-for English, European, or Australian saddle for the same price or a little more than this starter package. You and your horse will be much happier.
     
    10-11-2013, 10:41 PM
  #5
Showing
Freia, I have dismantled a few of those Asian beauties and found the steel to be of the lowest quality and brittle. I'm ruing the fact that I didn't have a camera as I had been sent two to dismantle, the Asian and a high end. The tree had broken in the same place on both saddles. The difference was the Asian was only a few years old, the high end had seen 50 years of jumping before it gave out.
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    10-11-2013, 11:02 PM
  #6
Showing
IME, Chicks is great for the lower cost stuff like halters and grooming supplies, but their leather tack tends to leave a lot to be desired unless it is a brand name like Weaver or Herman Oak.

I made the mistake of buying one of those English saddle packages a long time ago when I was going through a jumping phase. It didn't fit any of my horses and it didn't fit me at all. I think I rode in it a grand total of 5-6 times before it was relegated to a dark corner of the tack room, never to see a horse again.
     
    10-12-2013, 12:06 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
freia, I have dismantled a few of those Asian beauties and found the steel to be of the lowest quality and brittle. I'm ruing the fact that I didn't have a camera as I had been sent two to dismantle, the Asian and a high end. The tree had broken in the same place on both saddles. The difference was the Asian was only a few years old, the high end had seen 50 years of jumping before it gave out.
Somebody on here posted pics of an Asian import saddle that they ripped apart a few months ago.

It was SCARY.
     
    10-12-2013, 12:30 AM
  #8
Yearling
Here are some examples of real saddles that have sold on eBay lately: All of these are light-years better than what you're looking at, but in the same price-range.

16 5 17" German Made Stubben Siegfried Saddle | eBay

16 1 2" Collegiate Graduate Close Contact English Saddle | eBay

English Saddle Crosby Saddle Cornthian Made in England 17" Seat Spring Tree | eBay

Keiffer Dressage Saddle | eBay

17'' Stubben Siegfried Saddle Includes Girth Pad Leathers No Reserve | eBay
     
    10-12-2013, 02:35 AM
  #9
Green Broke
I wouldn't even consider one of those starter packages. Look for quality used tack.

I managed to luck out and found my jumping saddle on eBay for less than $150 shipped. It's an older saddle and the brand name has rubbed off the plate, but it's well made and fits my horse reasonably well. You don't always get that lucky when buying a saddle that you can't try on your horse before committing to, though, so you might try used from a local tack shop unless you're prepared to resell a saddle that doesn't work. Tack shops will often let you take prospective saddles to try on your horse before you buy.
     
    10-12-2013, 01:23 PM
  #10
Foal
If I end up getting online how do I know what size I need. When I get a horse...
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