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post #51 of 55 Old 03-14-2011, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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There is not a huge western riding contingency in my neck of the woods. It does not limit my ability to know that good tack of either type costs money.

A saddle you can buy that cheaply is not a good saddle no matter English or Western.

It limits mine. I had no idea that good quality Western tack cost a lot. Every where around here Western tack is inexpensive. I don't know the different between a good quality Western saddle and not so good quality. To me they're all the same quality.
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I am sure someone who knows nothing about English saddles and does not want to know about them would say the same thing about them. They all look the same.
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I am sure someone who knows nothing about English saddles and does not want to know about them would say the same thing about them. They all look the same.
Oh yeah definitely. I thought Western saddles were all stiff and bulky.

After starting this thread I didn't know that Western saddles were so lavish.
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I can't the difference between english saddles except thqt dressage ones have different flap things. Nobody rides english around here. I went to a tack auction in September. There was 1 English saddle and it sokd for $75 because no one wanted it. The most I can tell from quality is what I know of western saddles: leather that looks like plastic is crap.

Also, I would kick a puppy to get western saddle pads to cost as little as many english ones. My new one was $70..on sale. I want an impact gel one and that's looking at over $200
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About 10 years ago, I was in a pretty big tack store down here in Georgia. Wall-to-wall Western saddles, bridles, etc. They had 2 English saddles -- one dressage and one all-purpose. Both were brand new for $200 each. Sitting next to $5,000 western saddles.

I went back 6 months later and they were still there. But with more dust than before.

I think it's a matter of stocking some cheap options at the very off chance someone walks in wanting an English saddle. I'm sure the same is true for your area.
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