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post #11 of 23 Old 05-25-2012, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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post #14 of 23 Old 05-25-2012, 08:16 PM
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I don't know anything about their saddles but I know Tough 1 makes other tack that is decent. They seem to be a good middle of the line kind of brand. I lost all my tack in a barn fire last fall so I've recently been through the saddle buying process. I ended up with a Tex Tan barrel saddle (Speed Racer). It was just slightly higher than what I was wanting to spend but after trying out several and then sitting in that one, I was sold. However, I haven't seen this brand mentioned here yet, and I'm sure everyone has their own opinions, but I wanted a second barrel saddle for the horse that I'm training. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on my back up but I didn't want a Made In India either. I ended up finding Rider's Choice on Ebay and ordered one of his saddles and I have to admit, I'm impressed for the price. I bought a semi custom made barrel saddle for $425 shipping included. The leather is thick and good. The tree is guaranteed for 5 years. It doesn't have a ton of tooling but it does have a couple of conchos and its actually very comfortable and it fits me and my horse. Here's a link to one like mine, just bigger. RIDERS CHOICE 16" BARREL SADDLE AMERICAN MADE RACER FREE SHIP LEATHER TRAIL NEW | eBay He has a pretty wide selection ready to ship. I ended up needing a 14" in the one I picked out and all he had ready was a 15" so he made me a 14" and had it ready in 3 weeks. So for anyone who's looking for a decent American made saddle you might want to check this guy out.
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post #15 of 23 Old 05-25-2012, 09:02 PM
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im talking about if you are buying a new saddle that is $250 new, we have a problem.
Gotcha..yeah, those things are crap..and will put you on your butt in a second..Usually any of the "cheap" new saddles off of ebay are low, low quality...If you don't look for used brand name saddles..

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Thank you so much! I have two barrel horses now and I need another saddle! I actually have a Tough-1 saddle, and it's holding up pretty well, but I use it on my slower horse. Kind of scared to put it on my faster horse lol
Yep, I know how you feel.. I looove my KO.. I've had it a little over 3 years, ride in it all the time, it fits all three of my horses..and I've never had to replace anything on the saddle. It's comfy, breaks in quick, and lasts forever.

My only advice though is to definitely get the aluminum stirrups, definitely better than the rawhide...I have aluminum 2in and they are awesome.
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post #16 of 23 Old 05-25-2012, 09:12 PM
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I second the aluminum stirrup suggestion. My Tex Tan came with them and I really liked how they rode so when my Rider's Choice arrived, that was my first and only alteration. :)
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post #17 of 23 Old 05-26-2012, 12:44 AM Thread Starter
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I definatley agree with the aluminum stirrups too! My old saddle had rawhide stirrups, and when I switched them to aluminum it was much better. Thanks everybody for the help! I think I'll be investing in a KO barrel saddle ;)
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Woo!! :) You won't regret it!
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post #19 of 23 Old 05-26-2012, 07:50 PM
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I have a used RS custom barrel saddle which I like, but I got to ride in it and check it over like crazy before I bought it.
It's a well made saddle, and I really like to ride in it. The only problem I had was the fenders soaked up 4 coats of neatsfoot oil! But it's better than the other saddle I tried with the fenders stapled together instead of riveted D:
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Gotcha..yeah, those things are crap..and will put you on your butt in a second..Usually any of the "cheap" new saddles off of ebay are low, low quality...If you don't look for used brand name saddles..
Doesnt that just make you sick that people are allowed to sell those kinds of saddles. I try to help people and especially when they are new to the horse world to make sure they understand what kind of quality those saddles are. And what it can do to the horse! Stay clear lol
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