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    03-16-2011, 10:12 AM
  #1
Foal
What kind of saddle is this?

This is the saddle that I have used since I was about 12 years old. It belonged to my grandpa and he bought it in the late 70's. I believe it was a used saddle when he bought it, so I don't know exactly how old it is. It's a Hereford brand. It has a very wide horn and almost pointed swells. The seat isn't really deep and the cantle sits very low. The seat is slick leather and padded. And the fenders are pretty wide. This is the only picture that I have of the saddle where you can see most of it, sorry there's a little boy sitting in it!

I never realized there were "different" kinds of western saddles until I started going to events and people were like, "What IS that?" I'm always telling them that I don't know. I love it, it's SUPER comfy and I have ridden in it for 10 hours at a time and not been real sore. I know it's an antique but I've taken very good care of it and you'd never be able to tell that it's over 30 years old. Thanks for your help!
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    03-16-2011, 12:29 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Looks like an old style bear trap saddle. The wide horn makes me think roping or a all around working saddle, but the single skirts leans toward a barrel saddle. My best guess would be an all around working saddle.
     
    03-17-2011, 03:33 AM
  #3
Weanling
Everything you described sounds like the '68 Big Horn I have, including the "pointy" swell !

Mine has the single skirt (rounded), flatter seat, pointy swell, big horn.... I was able to get the year from the manufacturer. Hereford is now Tex Tan, isn't it? You could call/email them for more info!!
     
    03-17-2011, 04:28 AM
  #4
Showing
My first thought is that it might be a trail saddle. Like Luvs said, the pointy swells are called a bear trap style.

With the low cantle and the fact that I can't see a back cinch rigging (it may be there and I just can't see it in the picture) I believe that it is a trail or pleasure saddle.
     
    03-17-2011, 04:31 AM
  #5
Weanling
SMROBS: IF it did have a back cinch (original) and the "bear trap" style swell and the lower cantle - then what kind would you think it was?
     
    03-17-2011, 05:15 AM
  #6
Showing
Even with a back cinch, I would likely call it a pleasure/trail saddle. It just doesn't look like it's made heavily enough to be a working ranch saddle. However, I could be wrong, there's no way to know for sure without feeling it over, looking at the tree, etc.
     
    03-17-2011, 05:22 AM
  #7
Weanling
I was just wondering bc the Big Horn I bought is a similar style and it made me think of a barrel saddle bc of the swell but a cutter bc of the cantle. Confusing! IDC as long as the saddle fits and is semi-comfortable!
     
    03-17-2011, 08:52 AM
  #8
Foal
Thanks for all the info guys. It does not have a place for a back cinch. It is a VERY heavy saddle. My brother-in-law's two roping saddles are lighter in weight than this one. I have never heard of a bear trap before, I looked it up online and saw other saddles with that design. Chele11, could you post some pictures of your saddle? Is this a rare saddle? Could it be worth some money? Not, that I want to sell it, but my brother-in-law is the type of person who thinks his stuff is better than everyone elses and I would LOVE to be able to tell him that my saddle is worth something. The saddle is very comfortable, it seems to fit my butt just perfect! Lol.
     
    03-17-2011, 08:59 AM
  #9
Foal
Ok scratch that, it DOES have a place for a back cinch. I didn't think it did because I've never used one.
     
    03-17-2011, 11:35 AM
  #10
Weanling
15" Big Horn all Leather saddle for Sale

Link to where I had put it up for sale but we are considering keeping it as it fits my hubby's butt.
     

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