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    07-21-2012, 03:51 PM
Where to buy a decent western saddle?

I'm not looking for anything fancy or showy, just a plain ol' western saddle. I was wondering if anyone couple point me toward sites or what-have-you.

Please and thanks. :)
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    07-21-2012, 04:09 PM
Green Broke
I've bought a couple on ebay-if you go that route-communication is key!One I still use & the other one was stolen-sure do hate thieves!
    07-22-2012, 10:16 AM
Green Broke
I see a lot on craigslist! Check you surrounding cities or states too. I wouldn't mind traveling a few hours for the right saddle.
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    07-22-2012, 11:36 AM
Green Broke
Any tack shops around you that do consignment/used saddles? You can get more bang for your buck in a pre-loved saddle of better quality than a brand new lower quality by going this route and have the advantage of quicker turn around time on trying the saddle for fit and exchanging without having to deal with shipping expenses and time, etc.
    07-22-2012, 04:03 PM
I'm searching at everything, and will using my next day off to go to the tack shop not too far from here. If anything, to get advice on how much to sell my saddle for.
I am checking all reviews and such. If there's no reviews, I don't even bother thinking about the saddle.

And since I have this thread...

What would you measure on a saddle to ensure it would be wide enough for the withers, and how do you measure the wither area?
    07-22-2012, 04:24 PM
I did find this: EquiRoyal Comfort Trail Saddle - Horse.com

Not a western saddle, but from the good reviews it has, I'd say it'd not only work, but do good for me to do small jumps in since I like both styles. I ride trail more than not, though - which is why I'm not actually looking into English. This just caught my eye. ;D
    07-22-2012, 05:54 PM
The problem with good reviews is we don't know who wrote them - could be the seller or a seller's friend/spouse. You didn't state what size or tree size. Let us know first if you spot something that appeals. Many "reasonably" priced saddles are cosmetically appealing but are trash.
    07-23-2012, 10:43 AM
Yeah, but sigh. I'll literally never be able to go to a tack store and but a saddle that costs 1,000 dollars like every other person seems to do. I'm not buying something that costs as much as my horse when its not necessary lol.
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    07-23-2012, 11:18 AM
Green Broke
I'm telling you look on craigslist. They have some high quality $1600 reining saddles for sale for $600. They are used but look good as new.
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    07-23-2012, 11:30 AM
I did look on Craigslist and I didn't see a whole lot. I'll look again though.
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