Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Generally speaking, pretty much any western saddle that sells for less than $500 new is going to be a piece of junk. I'm sure there are some smaller private makers out there that are exceptions (like Corriente, they are relatively inexpensive, but still good quality), but any mass produced saddle that runs that cheap is going to be something made in India or Pakistan or Mexico out of a cardboard tree and sub-par quality leather.
Have you searched your local craigslist or even Ebay for a used name brand saddle?
Oh, ETA, if you start browsing Ebay, avoid those "saddle packages" like the plague.
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
Last edited by smrobs; 11-10-2012 at 08:57 PM.