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post #1 of 16 Old 06-09-2014, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Double T western saddle

I recently bought a Double T barrel saddle from my barn's tack shop. It's actually super comfy and the tooling on it is beautiful. I get a ton of compliments. However, I hear from a couple different people that they'll buy anything EXCEPT Double T's. Any experience with them?
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I'm curious to hear what people have to say that have actually HAD one of these saddles. I've seen a few girls at shows with these saddles. They're worn down and used. If everyone gives them such a bad name, why are people riding them out until they can't be used anymore? I've read they aren't comfortable. See now that makes no sense. Subbing!
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I'm curious to hear what people have to say that have actually HAD one of these saddles. I've seen a few girls at shows with these saddles. They're worn down and used. If everyone gives them such a bad name, why are people riding them out until they can't be used anymore? I've read they aren't comfortable. See now that makes no sense. Subbing!
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It doesn't make sense! I love riding in it so far and I've had it for a few weeks now. I think people tend to think they are "cheaper" saddles.

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Let us know in a year how the saddle is holding up or if your horse gets a sore back.
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Bought one over the winter and tried it out this spring... worst investment ever. Totally soured my mare to getting saddled, and this mare never had an issue before. Put her in her old saddle and she wasnt sour anymore. So the Double T was definitely causing her pain. Not only that but the screws under the seat jockeys sliced the fender's cheap leather the first ride, had to file them down or they would scratched through. It was a pretty show saddle and reasonably cheap ($500), and well you get what you pay for. Im sure not all Double Ts are terrible but ive heard more bad than good as well.

The reason why they sell is cuz the retailers get them super cheap from the manufacturers, and make a few hundred for profit. So my 500 saddle, the store that sold probably made a 250-300 profit. I know this because a saddle i sold/traded her for $250 is now priced at $600...

Today a well made saddle of quality goes closer to 1000 upwards to 3000. Big difference than a cheap saddle made by materials that only cost 100 bucks...

Best spend money on a used quality saddle like Circle y, billy cook, text tan, crates, etc.
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I've seen a few girls at shows with these saddles. They're worn down and used. If everyone gives them such a bad name, why are people riding them out until they can't be used anymore?
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How long did they take to get looking worn down and used might be a better question.
I really don't have any expensive saddles but my textan was made in the mid 1970's. My Simco was made in the early 80's, my big horn is probably mid 80's. All are still in great shape. I've got a lot of tack that is still useful after over 20 years.
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I have to agree with SueNH. Around here at auctions you can get a brand new Double TT saddle for $250 to $300. A well built, quality saddle can last you a lifetime if cared for properly. The fact that those saddles you have seen at the barrel shows are looking that worn out is a red flag. They just shouldn't be looking that bad after a couple of years of use. I too own saddles that are 30 plus years old and are still in great shape, and they
have been ridden in a lot.

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SouthernTrails was asked to retail similar saddles. Buy a shipping containful and they were dirt cheap, maybe $100, so what does that tell you about quality. ST refused the offer.
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-13-2014, 10:59 PM
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My BO and her husband both bought Double T saddles. Hers was a barrel saddle, his is a pleasure saddle. She gave hers away with a horse she sold after riding in the saddle once. That's how much she hated it. Her husband still has his, but he doesn't ride ever. He offered to let me borrow it for shows, but I politely declined. The tree was visibly warped.

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I'm just starting out in barrels and poles and I'm looking at a Double T and I don't know if I should buy one. Could any one help me out?

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