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post #1 of 33 Old 12-26-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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My India saddle is amazing!

I bought a India saddle for $130, I thought it was going to be crap, its NOT!!!!

It had GREAT leather! A great tree!!! And it comfy!!!!!

There is 1 little spot with loose sticking but it can be fixed at a tack shop, and it isn't serious.

I am soooooooo happy with it! I even had someone knowledgeable with saddles look at it, they said it's great!!!

Only complaint was the girth, it was too short. But that's all!!!!

I am amazed with it!!!!!

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post #2 of 33 Old 12-26-2013, 08:57 PM
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well, maybe you got lucky. time will tell.
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That is amazing. I'm glad you have a good experience.

I met a gentleman in Ireland last September who is in tack. I was very surprised at the list of companies he listed who get their leather and quite a bit of their strap goods made in India.

I learned that some of my favorite headstalls and breast collars are from India, although the company that markets them is in England.

Hope you get many years of good use from your saddle.
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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. ;)
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post #5 of 33 Old 12-27-2013, 03:21 AM
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I've got a cheapie saddle made in India, it's not great but it does the job. Upgraded to a Kimberly aussie saddle this year, sooooo much more comfortable for my gelding. I use the cheapie saddle for riding my green broke mare since it actually fits her well and I don't trust her with my "good" saddle.

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post #7 of 33 Old 12-27-2013, 03:51 PM
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I was going to say the same thing. Can we see pictures of it?

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post #8 of 33 Old 12-27-2013, 04:33 PM
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It may seem nice enough if you don't know what you're looking for. Unfortunately, all the dangerous parts of a cheap saddle can't be seen without opening the thing up.
And they rarely fit any horse well.
The people that produce these cheap saddles aren't in it to provide horse owners with a good, cost effective product. They're in it to make money and get as much profit as they can off unsuspecting people.
If you got a saddle fitter out, I'm willing to bet they would say it is a piece of crap.
If you sat that saddle next to a good, used one, you'd see the difference. If you put it next to an expensive saddle, there would be no comparison.
Please be cautious. Watch for any warning signs that your horse is uncomfortable. Check your saddle thoroughly on a regular basis. Staples sticking out is not uncommon with these crappy saddles.
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Although tack from India has improved quite a lot it is still rubbish.

You say that it has a great tree - have you stripped the saddle down to see if the tree is even straight?
Have you looked to see what it is flocked with?
Have you looked to see whether the flocking is level?

I have seen these saddles flocked with newspaper, toilet paper, old material anything they had to hand. Also what is holding the girth straps together? Seen some very unsafe materials used for this.
What sort of cotton is it stitched with?
I have seen girth straps snap hen just pulled hard on.

Not a thing I would purchase. I would ride bareback until I could afford a decent saddle.
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