Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Sonny, I have no idea how each saddle will fit but based on the three you show, I would avoid #1 altogether. It is cheaply made as evidenced by several things. The saddle has a cardboard look to it; the fenders have rubbed the color off the skirt – that will happen when the edges of the fender are not supple and actually sand the leather of the skirt; the saddle strings are cheap – also the sign of a cheap saddle; the cantle is odd – no decent mfg would make a cantle like that; I would bet the ranch that the tree is not rawhide covered wood but rather a composit; lastly, the stirrup leathers do not fit the stirrups - and I would also bet that they are not adjusted with blevins type buckles. Overall, it is a cheaply made saddle
#2 is a Tex Tan. That is a very nicely made saddle. They are well made at an affordable price. The problem with this one is that you are paying a lot for the bling, Tex Tan has a very good reputation for decent quality and longevity.
#3 is a barrel saddle. I like the finish on it and it does not look like it has been ridden a lot. The problem with rough out is that it needs to break in. The rough out will hold you tight and you will end up rubbing inside your jeans. Once it breaks in, it is a great saddle. Barrel saddles do not have a great rep for being very comfortable on long rides but a fleece seat saver will help.
Overall, if you can afford the #2 (Tex Tan) that is the best of the 3 otherwise I would go for #2 and not even consider #1
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