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post #1 of 15 Old 11-06-2013, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
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What's your fav. barrel saddle for less than $600?? :)

I'm looking for a barrel saddle for my gelding. I want it to have a round skirt because he's got a pretty short back. Also, he has pretty high withers and I have problems with saddles slipping back on him. Less than $600 dollars and less than 25ish lbs!
I hope I'm not askin for too much, but tell me what you guys think on different brands because there are soooo many!!
Thanks!! :)
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-06-2013, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Any suggestions????
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post #3 of 15 Old 11-06-2013, 06:52 PM
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If you are looking for New, the best for a Saddle made in the USA is a Dakota, although they only have one model near 600.00

Anything new under 600.00 is going to made in Mexico or worse in India.

Dakota Barrel Saddles


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post #4 of 15 Old 11-06-2013, 10:13 PM
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Personally I love saddle king and JM saddles. Its going to be really hard to find a good saddle for that price unless you get an abetta or something similar. I'd focus on finding a used one in good shape, usually theres several choices in that price range
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post #5 of 15 Old 11-06-2013, 10:14 PM
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A used, high quality $1200-$2000 saddle.
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post #6 of 15 Old 11-06-2013, 10:49 PM
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I've got an older Saddle King I adore that I picked up for $150 nearly 11yrs ago. Their newer ones apparently aren't anything that great though. If you're willing to wait or take some risks you CAN find good brands used for around that price. Just gotta look.
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post #7 of 15 Old 11-07-2013, 09:43 AM
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I catch heck for suggesting this saddle maker a lot because he's not one of the big names and he sells his saddles on Ebay for very affordable prices, but I've bought from him twice now and really like his saddles. You'll find him under Rider's Choice on Ebay. He's AMERICAN, located in Alabama, and he and his crew handmake all their saddles. He has several in stock and all his prices include shipping or you can ask him to make one for you with specific requests. My first barrel saddle was an in stock purchase. I needed a backup saddle because I was working with a greenie who had a bucking past and I didn't want my nice saddle ruined due to an "incident". With shipping I paid $425 and it was brand new, ralide tree, warranty, and just a simple, solid saddle without a ton of flash. A year later, I had to sell my brand name barrel saddle due to fitting issues and went back to Ebay to find another Rider's Choice. This time I had one built from scratch. I actually talked to the guy and worked out the details with him. It had a little more flare to it because it was from his specialty line, GW Crate, but still, I ended up with another really nice barrel saddle with a 10 yr warranty for $749 brand new and shipped. I'm all for buying a nice used Circle Y, Billy Cook or Tex Tan, but it IS possible to find a new AMERICAN made saddle for under $600. He also has trail saddles, ropers, cutters, tack, etc. Granted they are not your $2000-3000+ custom builds that take 6 months to make but for us little guys who can't afford a ton for a new saddle but want American, he's definitely an option. I attached some pics. These were taken when they were brand new. They do break in nicely and the rough out takes on a more natural color after a while. I did have to turn the stirrups but that was the only alteration I had to make. Good luck! Buying a new saddle can be exciting and frustrating all at the same time.

My first one. Paid $425 new, shipped to the door. He usually always has these in stock, but will build you one if your size isn't available on Ebay.


The GW Crate, also by Riders Choice, but their custom build line. $749 shipped.

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post #8 of 15 Old 11-07-2013, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
I'm having a saddle fitter come out soon and I'm all for getting a used one! Have you heard anything about the Lynn mckenzie line?
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bought a used CircleY for 500 Love it

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post #10 of 15 Old 11-07-2013, 11:47 AM
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I love coming on here and finding new saddle places, thanks mammakatja I just added Riders Choice website (Riders Choice - Custom Saddlery ) to my favorites. I'm looking to buy a new saddle next year.
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