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mrg8302 11-24-2012 01:45 PM

dark or light oil saddle?
 
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I am in the market for a show saddle. I have a paint (black/white). He is more white than black. What color saddle for the show ring? Seems like everyone is using light oil these days. I show all around western

PurpleMonkeyWrench 11-24-2012 01:58 PM

I prefer dark tack myself

nvr2many 11-24-2012 02:07 PM

Ditto, and I think that dark would look better on your horse.

spurstop 11-24-2012 10:53 PM

The black saddles are in style right now, BUT if you are going to go that route, you need to have a higher end saddle. The lower quality saddles just look cheap in the black.

Also, you'll then be relegated to chaps and outfits that will go with black.

You can have a saddle dyed, or dye your own black if you find an older lighter colored saddle that has discolored or darkened with age.

gigem88 11-24-2012 11:40 PM

I prefer the dark oil saddles, too.

cowgirl4753 11-25-2012 12:03 AM

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Hope the link works, its a pic I took of a friend showing in the dark oil tack. I think it looks sharp
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spurstop 11-25-2012 01:06 AM

That link doesn't work.

SouthernTrails 11-25-2012 08:52 AM

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Dark Saddles are becoming more popular, but light oil Saddles are still the most popular in my experience.

A Mahogany would look good on your Horse, but have never seen that color in the show ring.


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mrg8302 11-25-2012 09:39 PM

To cowgirl 4753: Would love to see the picture. You could email it to me at mrg8302@yahoo.com

I was thinking a dark oil saddle would look best on him. I just didn't want to look like a clown in the show ring! The light oil is nice, but it doesn't fit all horses. Glad to hear dark oil is making a come back!

GotaDunQH 11-27-2012 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by mrg8302 (Post 1772357)
To cowgirl 4753: Would love to see the picture. You could email it to me at mrg8302@yahoo.com

I was thinking a dark oil saddle would look best on him. I just didn't want to look like a clown in the show ring! The light oil is nice, but it doesn't fit all horses. Glad to hear dark oil is making a come back!

Dark oil has always been popular with Arabs, Morgans, and ASB's...but for the stock horse breeds light and medium oil have been the norm for decades. I show AQHA and I did not see one black saddle this year, although there is a very small minority that show in black saddles. I'm not a dark oil fan at all and one of the big reasons is...a lighter oil saddle shows off the tooling better on a saddle than a dark oil. If you've got some great tooling on your saddle, it gets lost in a dark oil.


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