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post #1 of 8 Old 08-25-2012, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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Western saddle hunting--help me pick

I'll post the big surprise next friday , but I need to find a nice Western saddle. Must be FQHB, 16", and preferably under $500. The saddle is for a finished reiner so would love to find a reining saddle, but have found a lot of roping saddles that look nice enough. These are ones I've found so far; I would like some input from the experts as it's been a long time since I've gone Western saddle shopping.

TexTan roping saddle, and English saddle for sale
LOVE this one, but I know very little about TexTans.

16" Reining / Reiner Saddle Pish Saddlery | eBay
My favorite of them all, but I'm not sure if my dad will go for it for the price.

16" Tex Tan Western Saddle
Another TexTan. I love the look of it, but have no idea if the brand is quality.

TexTan 16" Western Saddle
TexTan again, but looks cheaper than the others.

western saddle
No idea of brand, but looks to be decent

Western saddle
Amish saddle, no idea of quality

Beautifully tooled vintage Western Saddle
Vintage saddle. Pretty, but no brand, and would like to see the underside if the fleece is worn out

Wade Saddle.
I've heard Wades are good saddles.

Thanks so much!
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Wow, equiniphile! I'm in complete shock! Are you switching from English to Western??!

Under $500 you will have to look into used ones (unless you go with synthetic). As for reining or roping brands I'll leave it to other people to suggest (as I'm not really good about differences).

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Tex tan is a good saddle. Used to be called Hereford I believe. Had a hereford for awhile, was my husbands old saddle. Was heavy and I felt like a bb in a box car on it. Probably was just not a good fit for me but are supposed to be quality saddles. Heard wade is good too.

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KV, I'll let you in on a secret. *whispers* My aunt's giving my dad and I her best reining mare (8th in the country on the Arab circuit a few years ago) and a green 4y/o. My aunt and uncle (they have bred and trained Arabian reining horses for years) are downsizing to four horses from twenty-one. They're being shipped here from their ranch in Colorado on Wednesday in box stalls and will arrive Friday morning. Because she's giving them to my dad and not my mom (where I keep my horses now), they're going to be boarded at a great low-key facility with a ton of pasture.

My dad's going to look at this Circle Y right now, priced at $375:
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Congrats! I'm really jealous!

As for saddles Circle Y is a very nice brand (especially older saddles), same with TexTan. I really liked Billy Cook when I tried one, but I don't know if they make reining saddles as well. I know bunch of people own Corriente and really like it, but personally I haven't seen them used for sale (and new will be over $500, although may be if you and dad are serious about reining and later showing it's worth to look into it).

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Thank you both! Hopefully this Circle Y works out, I'll hear in an hour or so as he's traveling a fair distance to go check it out. If not, the first TexTan is my pick.
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I love my circle Y's. That is what I ride now, hope it last me forever! Good luck, keep us informed!!

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He bought the Circle Y, said it was a really nice saddle. Can't wait for next Friday to try it out!
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