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AZguy 03-16-2012 09:47 PM

What is this saddle worth?
I have an Aussie stock saddle, its comfortable and fits well but is a cheaper one made in india probably. Someone at the barn we board at said i could use a saddle he had that he thought would fit. I went on a 5 hr trail ride with it and it was incredibly comfortable, didnt even feel like i had been in a saddle for 5 hours. Its definitely got some wear its a Hereford or Hereforo? the stamp is kind of worn and i dont really know much about saddle brands. Quality looks excellent aside from the wear so i was thinking i may take it somewhere and have some of the stitching fixed. He said i could buy it for 175 since it was a spare saddle he had. What do you guys think? Also how much would you guys think getting some stitching repaired would be? Its definitely ride able and i could probably ride it hard for years without a problem. Actually looking close at the picture i think it says "Hereford Brand Textan of Yoakum western saddle"

AmazinCaucasian 03-16-2012 09:59 PM

Hereford (Tex Tan) ropin saddle made in Yoakum, Texas. I'm not an expert on pricing, but probably worth a little more as long as the tree is solid. Broken trees are fairly common on roping saddles.

Its an assembly line saddle but pretty good. I'd buy it and slap some saddle soap on it and ride

Ladytrails 03-16-2012 10:01 PM

I would agree with AmazinCaucasian - solid brand.

trailhorserider 03-16-2012 10:03 PM

If the stitching were fixed I would say it was worth at least $400.

The cost to repair the stitching depends a lot on where it is at and if you have a person nearby to fix those types of things. Some stitching is easy to sew and some is difficult depending on where it is at.

I have had a heck of a time in the past finding anyone to repair saddle stitching. The boot repair people didn't have a clue and the custom saddle makers were too expensive. Eventually I learned how to sew from a friend and can do many of my own repairs now myself.

If you have a saddle shop in town you can get a quote on the repair. But either way $175 sounds really cheap for a comfortable, basically sound saddle. :-)

tinyliny 03-16-2012 10:14 PM

I think that is a good brand. and the price is good, in my opinon,. would like to see the fit on the horse, without a pad underneath. It may be a little narrow.

AZguy 03-16-2012 10:21 PM

is there a way to check if the tree is solid myself? it seems to fit pretty good. I am going to get it just based on the fact that it seems to fit my horse well and is probably the most comfortable saddle ive ever ridden in. It definitely needs to be cleaned up though he didnt plan on selling it he just brought it up because we were there when he was putting shoes on one of the horses and the subject came up.

AmazinCaucasian 03-16-2012 10:41 PM

Yeah just put it horn-first on the ground and push down on the seat. If it feels like a flex-tree saddle, it's broken at the bars.

It could be broken elsewhere. In some instances you'd really have to put if on a horse and tie on to something to feel it. Might be worth doing just to be sure

Saddlebag 03-16-2012 10:58 PM

Hereford is an excellent brand. Where does it need stitching? You could likely do it yourself. I might be able to help you with that. It's not rocket science.

garlicbunny 03-17-2012 12:52 PM

I would have little more pad up front and less in back, i like the saddle, it looks nice!

AZguy 03-17-2012 07:50 PM

yea ill try and check that the tree is solid. The stiching is only really damaged on the corner where the seat kind of connects to the skirt just to the rear of that d ring with the tag on it in the picture.

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