Originally Posted by mypets
So the bias against Silver Royals is of recent origin? What timeline are we talking about-5 yrs., 10yrs. More? What would you say about a Silver Royal that's 10 to 15 yrs. Old? Good or still bad? How can you determine what the tree is made of without taking the saddle apart? Also, what brand saddle would you recommend in the $500-$600 price range (I'm talking used) for trail riding? Thanks for your replies, I appreciate the education.
For $500-$600 used
you can get almost any decent brand you want. Not a custom saddle, but a factory saddle. American made, American leather. For instance, Saddle King is not top of the line, but I just got a brand-new one from a shop going out of business for $300. Perfectly good trail saddle. And I bought a used one that is like-new for $600 (well, I traded for it).
If you have $500-$600 to spend, look for a used Circle Y, Bighorn, Simco, TexTan, Billy Cook.......the possibilities are almost endless.
Any other good saddle brands that come to mind guys? That is all my brain can come up with at the moment.