I know this is an old thread but I am trying to get the word out about the Dakota saddles. I bought a new Dakota roping saddle in 2004. I didn't realize how badly the saddle was fitting my QH. His back got so bad & his walk became so rough & he stumbled frequintely. I sold him because of this. I then started riding my young horse but could never get her to properly canter. I could spur spank or whatever & she would rather take that than canter. Otherwise she rode good except she wanted to shortstep alot. So then... I started riding another young horse & since she was grey she very quickly got two white spots on her withers. I really liked my saddle so I was trying to use different padding to correct this. I specifically ordered full QH bars on this saddle. Out of the blue she started bucking after riding alot. Now she has a knot on her left wither. I immediately traded my Dakota for an HR ranch cutter & to my surprise my horse with canter & the other quit bucking. Afriend of mine who purchased the same kind of saddle after I did is having the same problem on the left side of his horse. I am so upset about selling Elvis because I am sure I was responsible for the condition he was in. This problem almost caused me to be severly injured. I hope this can be helpful to someone out there. Spend the extra money on the HR saddles. I am glad I did. My horses are much happier besides it is so much more comfortable.
Last edited by jennifer newman; 10-19-2012 at 09:47 PM.