12-27-2013, 03:45 AM
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Sometimes one can get lucky with a cheaper saddle, however, you get what you pay for. I wouldn't expect this saddle to last long. The cheap Indian tack is known to have the tree twist soon, or other deformations to happen. Be careful and keep a close eye on it. Besides, the most important thing for a saddle is to fit the horse. These cheap saddles aren't made by professional saddlers, but just by factory workers who have no clue about saddlery - that's why their work is so cheap. They mostly just don't know how a saddle should really be made, apart from stitching it together mechanically. If one takes such a saddle apart, you can find loads of low quality materials thrown together in an unsafe chaos, to put it politely. The cheap, urine tanned water buffalo leather is also not something I want to see in my tack - it's not made to last and it can break easily or leak color.
I would get a consult from a professional saddler before using it for regular riding, if I were you. Also, watch your horses' well being carefully and don't be hasty to see behavioral issues - balking, pig rooting, bucking, rearing, being sore to work, biting when being saddled or girthed, etc. - as purely behavioral. An ill fitting saddle can cause that and many more problems.
Maybe you could share a link of the saddle? I'm sure others would be interested to see an Indian saddlery product that is actually good. ;)