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post #31 of 33 Old 01-31-2011, 12:11 AM
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Awww...Rosie has a twin!

The Bighorns with FQHB are far less available than their SQHB counterparts. It seems their older models carry the SQHB but the newers carry FQHB. *shrug* just what I have noticed.

I love my Bighorn saddles. My absolute favorite saddle to ride in. So comfortable and versatile.
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post #32 of 33 Old 02-01-2011, 04:57 PM
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IMO the Dakota is a better saddle then the Big Horn and the OK Billy Cooks are the best there is ... I love my reinsman but you won't find one cheap LOL

Dakota's are a good value for the money

Since most of the saddle companies are bieng taken over and stuff you really have to watch what you are buying

Tucker and Circle Y are one nad the same now

I can't think of the others off top of my head.

Find a nice USING saddle with FQH bars and go from there

A NEW Dakota will run you $500 to $800 and that is custom any way you want it :) Some things do add to the price here and there

I have been called the NSC Nazi more then once ... I hate traditional feed methods of loading our horses up on grains and junk food :)
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post #33 of 33 Old 02-06-2011, 03:51 PM
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I don't know how far down into Ill. you are, but there is an awesome tack shop in southern WI (http://www.west20.com) They are SO helpful and understanding, and they really know their stuff. They have a ton of (new) saddles, but also have many used saddles. I like that they cater more to western riders, and not just people who are showing western (they have some great show tack though too.) The owner, Julie, is the best. And she is usually there during the week. If you are going to the Illinois Horse Fair next month, they will be there! But, they only bring new saddles with when they go to expos, and a lot of them are blingy show saddles. But it wouldn't hurt to stop by and talk saddle fit with them.

Like a lot of people here said, you should look for a saddle with a wide tree, FQHB bars, 7". This saddle will accommodate the most horses. You can always pad up a saddle that's too wide, but you can't widen a saddle that's too narrow. Something to keep in mind when you're probably going to be riding a few different horses.

Because you mentioned that you want to ride reiners, I wanted to share this link with you, CALDWELL SADDLE COMPANY - The Physics of Saddlemaking - it touches on saddle making and saddle fit/rigging at first, but in the middle they talk about reining horses and how a good reining saddle should fit. They have another page about fitting barrel horses too. I swear I've been to every website about saddle fit and this one has been the most helpful.
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