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    10-26-2012, 08:12 PM
  #1
Weanling
What kind of saddle is this?

Does anyone have any idea what brand of saddle this is? The person selling thinks its a bona allen, but there are no marks indicating brand anywhere. Just the number 5955 on the tab. I really like it- any comments on quality? THANKS
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    10-26-2012, 08:15 PM
  #2
Weanling
Oops. These pictures are bigger. Sorry
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    10-26-2012, 08:28 PM
  #3
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It kinda looks like a Bona Allen.
     
    10-26-2012, 10:01 PM
  #4
Showing
Bona Allen did a large department store business and mail orde at one time and their mark of a B on top of an A wasn't on it. Or, a retailer would get a better deal for minor mistakes and again the BA was missing. Now, some of the earlier BAs of this style had bare wood trees with a muslin type covering which often didn't last long. The wood was then exposed to heat, cold and humidity which caused it to crack sometimes along the bars, from front to back or part way. Those may have been the department store saddles. I've seen some with rawhide covered trees and definintely bearing the BA. Do check the tree. A good place to look is up under the jockey. I rode 5 hours in a BA similar to this one and was ready to find another horse and go again.
     
    10-26-2012, 10:04 PM
  #5
Weanling
THANK YOU! It was on e-bay and I have to be careful, so I think I'll pass. Thanks again
     
    10-26-2012, 10:09 PM
  #6
Weanling
Wait. Maybe I misunderstood you. Did you mean it was comfortable? I am looking for a very comfy trail saddle since I just can't figure out whether my emduraance saddle fits Nibbles right. I'm going crazy!!!
     
    10-26-2012, 10:33 PM
  #7
Started
I like it. For trail riding it should be a good one. I like the 3/4 rigging, the swells, the cantle shape and height, all of it. You need to get those stirrups pulled back up where they belong under the jockey, but I bet they hang any way you need them to.

I would check or ask if the tree is rawhide. I insist on those in saddles that age.
     
    10-26-2012, 10:46 PM
  #8
Trained
A lot of the older saddles are really heavy. You might want to try to find out how much it weighs. Also, I like a saddle that has a bit higher of a cantle.
     

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