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post #11 of 34 Old 01-08-2013, 12:01 AM
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post #12 of 34 Old 01-08-2013, 02:20 PM
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I got a Corriente reining saddle for $650 shipped to California, brand new, from their bargain bin and I've heard that their customs aren't much more than that. Yes it has a few minor flaws, but nobody notices when they see how shiny and pretty it is!

AND it fits my horse way better than my old saddles. I had to ride him exclusively bareback for almost three months! As mentioned before though, FQHB w/7" gullet is all they come in. If that'll fit your horse, I'd go for it for sure.

Now having said that, if the saddle being sold on CL is EXACTLY what you want after talking to Corriente about other options, I'd buy it from CL to save a few bucks. Maybe offer $550-$650? It's listed as OBO so who knows! Again, though, only if you REALLY love that particular saddle otherwise I'd go custom from that maker.

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post #13 of 34 Old 01-08-2013, 04:09 PM
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Don't consider it a roping saddle unless it has a rawhide wrapped tree. The rawhide is basically shrink wrapped on a wood tree which increases it's strenth 10 fold. Many times the saddle is a roper design and the wrapped horn is the convincing part. I've seen trees with a rough out cover which serves no purpose other than to sucker a buyer in. Corrientes are of lower quality, they look pretty but that's about as far as it goes.
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post #14 of 34 Old 01-08-2013, 04:40 PM
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I agree that you could likely get one custom made for the same price (maybe less) if you order directly from them. I've got a Corriente that I use on all my colts, my Brother has one that he's had for about 10 years and used for daily work in a feedlot doing a lot of roping and doctoring heavy cattle. Lots of the cowhands I know around here have at least one Corriente in their barn because they are just a nice saddle to have that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Mine was a custom job and it arrived on my door 28 days after I ordered it...and I only paid about $685. I've broken lots of colts in it, roped lots of cattle in it, and rode it a million miles already. Haven't had it sore a horse and it's comfortable for me.

IMHO, it was a real bargain and I will get my next saddle from them too.
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post #15 of 34 Old 01-08-2013, 06:21 PM
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Saddlebag, all of Corriente's trees are rawhide wrapped wood. Sturdiness should not be an issue, as smrobs has seen it seems!
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post #16 of 34 Old 01-09-2013, 09:19 AM
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I took advice from Smrobs and got myself a Corriente and LOVE it. I'm planning to order a custom barrel saddle from them soon enough. I have the roper / all around right now and love it. Fits my boy great and is very sturdy. No major flaws on mine. They are put together by hand, I know someone here mentioned they are done on machines. They are not, they are custom from Mexico I believe. Also, when you call them you're either talking to the owner himself or his wife for the most part which is nice. They will stop at nothing to perfect your saddle.

My saddle was from the bargain bin and definitley stirs up stories lol, but overall couldn't ask for a better quality saddle for the price. I paid $585 for mine with shipping included to my door.
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post #17 of 34 Old 01-09-2013, 02:37 PM
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I bet, Annanoel! That's pretty good!
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post #18 of 34 Old 01-09-2013, 03:06 PM
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Yeah, I thought it was till I read an article. Now I feel horrible, but oh well. Some people get a laugh till they realize how serious it is..

From CNN, sorry to take away from the thread!

" Donkey roping is an extremely cruel 'sport' where the donkey is shocked with a cattle prod until he tries to run away, once he is running people on horseback run the donkey down, throwing a rope around it's neck, and another one around its rear legs. Once roped the donkey is then stretched between two horses. Broken bones and death are all too common during these events. And that is the physical harm done, most donkeys take years to recover, if still alive, from the emotional trauma of abuse. "

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post #19 of 34 Old 01-10-2013, 02:17 PM
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Aww sadface for the donkeys

Also I wanted to mention quickly that after riding in my Corriente for, oh, probably the 7th time or so at most, I CANNOT believe how easily the fenders are breaking in!!! And I don't even have them turned in my tack box!
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post #20 of 34 Old 01-10-2013, 06:31 PM
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I recently bought a Corriente show saddle. I was slightly used and I got it pretty cheap. The lady I bought it from had it custom made and she loved it, unfortunately she stopped showing because of back problems and sold it on CL. I learned that Wayne Baize is the designer who makes the Corriente saddles and he also designs the Showman brand saddles...both brands are moderately priced show saddles...they sell for a little $1000.00 new. I have also have a Showman show saddle and the 2 saddles are just about identical in looks...i love both of them...they fit our horses well and are comfy to ride in and not bad looking to be so inexpensive.

This is the Showman ...its quite a bit older than the Corriente





This is the Corriente,they are both light oil but the camera made them both orangeish in color

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