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    07-21-2011, 12:59 AM
Exclamation Training Saddle ?

Looking to buy a good just all around work saddle, I have a show saddle and I am needing something that I can train on, trail ride occasionally, I have noticed that training saddles are cheaper?

Do they not last as long?
Are they meant to just saddle break a horse and never fully get hard rides out of it?

Here is the link to the saddle.

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    07-21-2011, 03:44 AM
Well, I have no idea of western saddles, my horse just magically came with one. I would assume a training saddle to be a simpler saddle with no bells and whistles. As I understand it, western saddles come in many different styles and this one looks to me like the inexpensive "trail ride" saddles at the local tack shop. The trainer's iv'e known just had a basic western saddle that they like and that fit them, I don't believe they had a specific style (the one I rode in was good quality but used well) I might also suggest buying one second hand, as it will be more comfortable (in my experience). A high quality used saddle will probably last longer than a cheap new one. Also, don't get too attached, you never know when some horse is going to roll or squash it into a wall.

You want a saddle that's comfortable for you and your horse, so if these saddles are poor quality then you and the horse will be miserable. I hope this helps somewhat, western saddles are mainly used for breaking and then the horse is stuffed into english around here =P
    07-21-2011, 08:21 AM
I am just guessing here but I imagine the leather is not finished. Think smooth leather vs. rough out. I would think there would be some expense in the smoothing out and detailing with designs even if they were machine stamped.
    07-21-2011, 04:28 PM
A training saddle isn't fancy, a show saddle is. Simple as that. All those shiny plates and impressive tooling add a lot to the price tag.
    07-21-2011, 04:59 PM
Originally Posted by WickedNag    
I am just guessing here but I imagine the leather is not finished. Think smooth leather vs. rough out. I would think there would be some expense in the smoothing out and detailing with designs even if they were machine stamped.
The leather comes smooth, but on a rough out saddle (like the one pictured) the leather is actually turned upside down, so the rough side is out. It gives you better grip, which is why someone training or a working cowboy might like it.

I personally hate the "look" because it looks old and worn out with use, and a smooth leather saddle cleans up and can look almost new. But that is just a cosmetic thing for me. I can understand why someone might want to ride in one.

I think a "training saddle" is just something they sell because they think a trainer might want to buy it. No bells and whistles, just a solid working saddle with a few extra rings for training gimmicks and a good grip for your seat if the ride gets rough.

Price has more to do with quality and brand than the use of the saddle.
    07-22-2011, 12:59 AM
Lower quality saddle. It's a very competetive market and makers are always trying to come up with something that might sell a little better than what the next guy has. Stick with brands like Simco, Billy Cook, Circle Y, TexTan. There are many good used ones for sale. By work saddle, you may want a roper with a rawhide covered tree.
    07-22-2011, 01:18 AM
I have seen those "training" saddles around and I honestly don't understand the draw to them. I don't know what kinds of horses everyone else rides, but sometimes I need decent swells and a fairly high cantle on a greenie to ride out a buck. I also like having an actual horn to grab onto should I need to. I would be afraid of breaking that little dinky one off.

IMHO, you can't find anything better than an Modified Association saddle for riding greenies, even ranch work and trail riding. Those saddles have the heavy duty tree that will stand up to roping and heavy work, the bigger swells, higher cantle, and super deep seat. My association is the most comfortable saddle I have ever had the privilege of plopping my ass in and I will never go back to a roping tree.

This is the one that I ride and adore. I've been riding it for several hours every day for a little over a year and the only sign of wear is the discoloration of the fenders and jockeys where my legs go. My brother has one of the same maker that he bought about 8 or so years ago. Over the last 8 years, his saddle has withstood more hard use and punishment than most normal folks could subject their saddle to in 3 lifetimes and it's still in great shape. BTW, my saddle cost less (custom made) than that training saddle in your link. For anyone looking for an affordable, good working quality saddle, I always recommend Corriente Saddle Co. They may not be the flashiest, but their saddles are hardy, tough, and functional.
    07-22-2011, 11:24 PM
Thanks smrobs, I know where I'm ordering my next saddle from! I have a Sanchez saddle now that I love, but I need an alternative depending on what I'm doing. Corriente here I come!
    07-23-2011, 03:06 AM
Heartprints, just so you know, they did standardize their trees so now all their saddles come on a FQHB tree with a 7" gullet. Perfect for your typical stock horse build but if you have something narrow like a TB or really broad, they might not work for you.
    07-23-2011, 03:50 AM
Originally Posted by smrobs    

What a beautiful horse! Good picture!

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