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post #11 of 19 Old 12-31-2013, 12:21 PM
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If you can gather just a bit more of a budget together and really want something new, Corriente has some great saddles that are inexpensive for the quality. There are a lot of people here who can attest to them and I have one of my own that I love! I believe that the parts are made in Mexico, but they are all inspected and assembled in the U.S. so there's at least a checkpoint here before it gets to you. Other than that, almost any lightly or moderately used saddle from a good brand is going to be the best investment. Happy hunting!
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-31-2013, 01:48 PM
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Steer away from no name packages that include breast collar, headstall, pad, etc. Unless you know they were made by an American saddle maker and they are making you a package deal, these kind of packages are usually Indian made, very cheap stuff. I bought from saddleonline years ago for one of my kids, and although it looks pretty and we're still putting up with it since this daughter doesn't ride hard, I'm constantly glueing blingy stuff back on and I've had to patch up several decorative loose stitches around the seat area. It was a synthetic saddle package. Nothing super serious or structural but annoying and I definitely wouldn't let her use it for barrel racing. She just trail rides with me. I wish I would have been more informed then because I recently bought another synthetic for another daughter that rides much more seriously and she ended up with an American made Abetta. Still a good price but night and day quality difference from the last one. I know it's not the synthetic you're after, but I just wanted to share that I am disappointed with saddleonline products.
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post #13 of 19 Old 12-31-2013, 03:41 PM
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I'm embarrassed to say that I too have bought from saddlesonline in the past when I didn't know any better. Terrible quality saddles. I just about cried when I pulled it out of the box... Don't waste your money. There are some excellent quality used saddles out there. I ended up with a used Dakota barrel saddle and I love it. Good luck!
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-17-2014, 08:42 PM
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I have gotten all my saddles on Ebay used-like new. My current one is a Circle Y Barrel, "The Profit". $800 like new and I mean like new. My horse outgrew my first Circle Y.

My only word of advice is to buy a brand name with a high resale. Or you will be stuck with a saddle or losing a lot of money.
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-17-2014, 09:22 PM
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Unless you are prepared of going to the expense of getting a saddle with a rawhide wrapped tree, you're better give up the idea of roping. Such a saddle, new will run you about $2200 and up.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-17-2014, 09:49 PM
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Not necessarily^^. If you can find a smaller maker who makes working (not show) quality stuff but isn't really well known, then you can get it cheaper.

Mine, that I have roped cattle weighing almost as much as my horse in with no ill effects, cost me a whopping $687...and I got it made custom to fit my taste instead of just dealing with what was already part of the saddle's appearance.

OP, I agree with others, I am glad that you're not going to get either of those saddles. You couldn't pay me to put either of them on one of my horses.

Do you know what size saddle your horse needs? Since both you posted were FQHB with 7" gullets, I'm assuming that's the correct size for him?

If so, I would strongly recommend Corriente Saddle Co. They make a great working quality saddle for an affordable price. Me, my Dad, and my Brother all ride in Corrientes and love them. I use mine for cattle work, roping, trail riding, and breaking in colts. It fits a wide range of horses and in spite of riding for hours a day, I've never had it sore a horse yet.

I've used it on ponies

Regular sized horses

And draft cross sized horses
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-21-2014, 10:52 PM
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smrobs, does your saddle have a Wade horn?
Do you like the drop plate rigging? What are the benefits of the drop plate rigging?
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-22-2014, 11:52 AM
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No, mine's got what they call a "dally horn". Here's what it looked like out of the box before I put the rubber on

The makers can make it with a wade horn if I had wanted though. As for the drop plate rigging, I really prefer it over a classic D-ring rigging. Riding colts, I like to have full mobility in my legs, especially if I ever need to reach up to bump one in the shoulder with my foot. With a D-ring rigging, I found that difficult because the big wad of latigo there would act as sort of a knee block. With the drop plate, it's a lot more flush with the side of the horse and I don't have trouble getting my leg exactly where I need it.

There are some folks that say the drop plate isn't as strong as a traditional D rigging, but I've not seen any evidence of that. My brother and I both have the drop plate and, between us, have roped countless cattle that were over 1000 pounds.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-22-2014, 12:49 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
There are some folks that say the drop plate isn't as strong as a traditional D rigging, but I've not seen any evidence of that. My brother and I both have the drop plate and, between us, have roped countless cattle that were over 1000 pounds.
I love the Drop Plate Rigging, installed by a good saddle maker it is stronger than a D-Ring as it has more mounting surface to the Tree.

Plus as you mention, the wad of latigo that attaches to your girth is lower, also it lowers the center of gravity for attachment to the girth making the saddle more stable, IMO

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