Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
A while back I bought a vintage western saddle by maker Shirley Brown. I bought it b/c it had an arab tree. Although my mare is not arab, she has an "arab back". I didn't need a new saddle, and I don't particularly like "a forks", which it has...but the price was just toooo hard to pass up. And, it fit my "country of origin" criterian for a western saddle- made in the USA. It was in incredible condition for its age (they said around 60 years and had reportedly been stored for decades). It looks more like 5-10 years old...must have been really, really well cared for. I thought, what the heck, I will give it a whirl.
Anywho, it is a fantastic saddle! It is super well made, very comfy. The skirt is a little long front to back for a real short backed horse , but that doesn't detract from its quality. Super nice sheep skin lining (could have been refleeced, its in xlnt condition). The leather quality is superb. They do not make these anymore....but I think older "vintage saddles" in general are worth a look!!!!
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.