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    12-28-2013, 03:47 PM
She thought it was a hoax, but the shipping was just delayed.
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    12-28-2013, 03:53 PM
Looked at the pics from OPs album and from the second picture the tree looks like it's close to popping out of the pocket. Not good at all.

For your horses sake I hope it works out but I'd watch him like a hawk and do back soreness tests on him often. Any tiny signs of him being off and eliminate the saddle. Also, don't try and tell yourself that it is some other aspect than the saddle or talk yourself out of that as the reason just because you are excited about it and like it- I've been there and ultimately in that case it's your horse that will suffer the consequences.

Good luck
    12-28-2013, 04:43 PM
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What others said. The saddle really looks just like one of those things that are made from plastic, stiff cardboard, stuffed with carpet wool and rags. It does look like there's something going on with the tree. Please, be very observant and careful, this saddle could harm your horse big time.
    12-28-2013, 07:22 PM
It was already bought when I posted that thread, but I didn't know because it was a gift.
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    12-28-2013, 07:25 PM
I will definitely watch him closely, if it starts to give him something bad I will toss it that second.

Thanks all.
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    12-29-2013, 12:48 AM
I'm glad you're happy with your saddle!

I have a cheap India saddle too. I bought it second hand and while the person I bought it from claimed it worse worth a lot of money I could tell by looking that it was not the case. However it has worked out very well over the past year and is very comfortable on my butt. I hate riding in other saddles now. Will it hold up? Who knows. It was in budget and has suited my needs. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another of the brand.
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    12-31-2013, 05:58 PM
Hello Canterklutz. It was me that took that saddle apart. The photos say it all. The saddle looked fine on the outside, but it was a disaster when I opened it up. There is NO WAY would I ever ride and risk my life with one after seeing that.
    01-01-2014, 09:42 AM
Hi Canterklutz, I am the owner of the website that you mention in your post and I stripped the Indian saddle down myself.
It looked fine from the outside but the tree quality and construction were not only appalling but very dangerous to both horse and rider! NEVER ride in one of these saddles unless you have had the top removed to check the things that you CAN'T see!
    01-04-2014, 01:20 AM
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I got a saddle from India. Its a nice looking saddle but not a using saddle. Its not even, one side sticks out more on one side of the pummel than the other. I can't find a horse it will fit, at all, ever. The bars are QH but It pinches the withers of all horses, but at lease it has high wither clearance. The fenders have managed to "melt" to the tree so you can't adjust the stirrups anymore. The D rings are going to be yanked off the saddle as the "leather" holding them is splitting bad. We got what we paid for but it worked for a first saddle. It now sits in my room for decoration :)
    01-04-2014, 09:45 AM
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Many years ago when I was a slip of a child I had a very nasty accident when show jumping a pony. He was not the easiest of rides jumping and I was determined to get him around the course. At the last fence, a double, he tried to stop but I rode him on and he cat jumped. I knew something was wrong and I landed ahead of him with the saddle underneath me. The strapping that goes over the tree holding the girth straps had snapped. It was a nasty tumble and I was stretchered out of the arena.
The saddle was an English one, old well cared for but the strapping was a hessian type material that had worn through.
Having seen several of these Indian saddles stripped down and never having seen one that could be deemed as useable, I would hate to hear of another accident such as mine.

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