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post #1 of 13 Old 09-08-2012, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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These saddles. Good the bad and the ugly?

I'm in the market for a used English saddle as my parents have now ALLOWED me to have one! So, I need to learn my stuff, and start shopping!

These three looks alright:

English Griffith Close Contact Saddle - Close Contact - New English - Saddles

Used Zaldi All Purpose Saddle - Used English - Saddles

Used Miller's Lancer Saddle - Used English - Saddles

I know that Zaldi are supposedly rather expensive and higher quality saddles, so the $600 seems to be something worth looking at.

As for the other two brands.. I've never heard of them, so they could be junk, although the "Millers Lancers" saddle doesn't looks to be very bad quality. The Griffith, I'm not too sure about

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I like the Zaldi.

My saddle right now is a kincade and I LOVE it...I bought it pretty cheap but it was used, I don't know how the go for new.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-08-2012, 01:41 AM
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I'm only familiar with Zaldi. Kincade are low-end and are usually hit or miss from the reviews I've read. What city in Saskatchewan do you live nearest to? I could do some digging.
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It'd be useful to have an idea how wide each is. Or don't they think that's important? Doh!

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That website concerns me. OP, have you ever bought from them before? Their lack of descriptions and information on those saddles raises big, red, flapping flags.

Even if they're legit, the only really decent saddle out of the 3 is the Zaldi. Plus, why are you looking at an 18" seat when the other two are 17"? There's quite a bit of difference between 17" and 18" seat saddles.

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If you can get an older saddle made by Ian Miller, jump all over it, the Miller's Lancers were pretty low end kind of like Kincade. The Zaldi could be a good one but you'll have to look at it in person.

I wouldn't buy any saddle sight unseen, they're just too expensive. If you live anywhere near a tack shop, I'd go visit and look at and sit on as many saddles as I could before making a decision.

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Zaldi is the only one I'd look into. What concerns me though I couldn't find (may be just missed it somewhere) the return and trial policy. If you decide on buying from them definitely call/email and find out what the policy is.

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post #8 of 13 Old 09-08-2012, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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I'm actually closer to Medicine Hat, Alberta than any city in Sask.
I actually saw some decent used saddles at "The Country Outpost" at Coaldale. And not to mention the Tekna saddles... they look pretty dang nice.

I'm hoping something nice pops up on Kijiji or one of the groups I'm on on FB.

The reason why I'm looking at 17" and 18" saddles is because I have longer legs and a big butt and I'm not sure if a 17 will be enough.

EDT: I just found this one.

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I LOVE The Country Outpost. I go there regularly for my tack.
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