which western saddle do you recommend?

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    02-22-2013, 04:57 PM
which western saddle do you recommend?

I normally ride english in the arena so I don't know too much about western saddles. I am currently going on a lot of trails so I have switched over to western for the sake of a more secure seat while riding in the uneven terrain on a green horse. My nice jumping saddle just doesnt cut it on the trail.

I am desperately in need of a new western saddle but am on a really tight budget less than $1,000). I want to buy something new not used. I know that I cannot get a top of the line saddle for that price. I just want to be able to get a half way decent saddle that will do what I need it to do. I don't show or anything so no need for anything fancy.

The western saddle I have now is just an old cheap saddle that I got for free about 10 years ago from a family member that can no longer ride. It is a little too small for me, the seat is so hard that without a cushion if you ride in it for more than 20 min you will have bruises on your bum, and it is falling apart. As I said before, I am really in need of a new saddle.

I am looking for a saddle to use on trails. The horse I am currently riding will sometimes spook and spin so I want a saddle that has a really secure seat. Preferably a saddle with a rounded skirt as they tend to fit my horse better.

What are your thoughts on the American Saddlery Hill Country Trail Saddle.

One of the others I am considering is the Corriente Trail Saddle

Which of these 2 do you think looks like it has the more secure seat? Is there any other saddle that you would recommend over either of these? Any suggestions at all are greatly appreciated.
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    02-22-2013, 05:01 PM
None of the links worked for me..
    02-22-2013, 05:05 PM
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I have both english and western saddles. I recently bought an aussie saddle and it's pretty much perfect for the type of trail riding I want to do - more secure than the english and lighter than the western. Check out the Downunder saddle website (that's who made my saddle).
    02-22-2013, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by StandingOvation    
None of the links worked for me..
Same here...
    02-22-2013, 05:15 PM
Apparently the links didnt work. Hopefully they do this time

Corriente Saddle

American Saddlery Saddle
American Saddlery Hill Country Trail Saddle - Statelinetack.com
    02-22-2013, 05:27 PM

I would go with the American Saddlery, they are made in Tennessee, I prefer to keep American Workers busy

Corrientes are made in Mexico (the Country)

    02-22-2013, 06:24 PM
I was also considering this saddle. It looks like it would be a very secure saddle if my little guy decided to throw a temper tantrum. It also has the rounded skirt that I am looking for. I would be pushing it to afford the other american saddlery saddle with a price tag of $850. But this one is only $600. At the same time the price tag worries me because of the old saying "you get what you pay for"

Any thoughts or opinions on this one?

American Saddlery Bear Trap Rancher Saddle - Statelinetack.com
    02-22-2013, 06:49 PM

The last Model is a basic model from American, they tend to take a little extra oiling to get them broken in, but a good basic model

    02-22-2013, 06:59 PM
Originally Posted by Chevaux    
I have both english and western saddles. I recently bought an aussie saddle and it's pretty much perfect for the type of trail riding I want to do - more secure than the english and lighter than the western. Check out the Downunder saddle website (that's who made my saddle).
I agree with this. I hate western saddles (been in a dozen different ones and never sat in one that didn't make my butt or legs hurt...and they were all big-name brands or custom/handmade in America saddles), so I tried an Aussie saddle. SUPER comfy and lightweight, but offers an extremely secure seat. It'll also put you in a position closer to an English position, which might be more comfortable for you.
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    02-22-2013, 08:21 PM
For under $1000 you can get a semi custom Dakota saddle from Welcome to our store!.
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