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SEAmom 03-24-2013 11:58 AM

Looking at a western saddle...need opinions please
 
Someone is selling a Circle C Arabian Saddle on FB for $250. I can post the pictures if needed, but it's black and looks well cared for. I tried looking for them onlline, but haven't had any luck.

Are these decent saddles? Is $250 a good deal?

Thanks!

SouthernTrails 03-24-2013 12:24 PM

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2nd one down on left, possibly the one?

Circle C & Western Saddlery

They are supposedly made in Texas

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DraftyAiresMum 03-24-2013 12:32 PM

I don't know about that exact model, but someone who used to board at my old barn bought one of those "Western Classic" saddles by Circle C brand new (the black saddle further down with the metal studs...not the parade saddle with the tapaderos, the one further down). It was a piece of junk. Leather was like cardboard, the metal studs were in ridiculous places (around the edge of the seat? Really? They got hot once from sitting in the sun while she lunged her horse and burned the insides of the lady's legs when she mounted), and the tree was crooked.
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SEAmom 03-24-2013 01:00 PM

Here's a picture the owner posted of the saddle. She also posted a few others as well.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps2ab0d6d3.jpg

SEAmom 03-24-2013 01:33 PM

Here are the other pictures just for review!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps90bfeb8a.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...psf87cc915.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps758b786b.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...ps59aa7ab7.jpg

nvr2many 03-24-2013 01:42 PM

Maybe I am crazy but does not look that well made to me. Curious to see what others have to say. Did they say how old it is???

DraftyAiresMum 03-24-2013 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by nvr2many (Post 2011521)
Maybe I am crazy but does not look that well made to me. Curious to see what others have to say. Did they say how old it is???

I was thinking the same thing, actually. Does it look like the back isn't...straight?
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nvr2many 03-24-2013 01:51 PM

^^^ I saw that too! And it looks pretty hammered for a saddle that is probably not that old. I have seen really old saddles that looked better. And was it painted?? Color looks pretty worn off in many places and fleece really mashed down.

DraftyAiresMum 03-24-2013 01:56 PM

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Originally Posted by nvr2many (Post 2011609)
^^^ I saw that too! And it looks pretty hammered for a saddle that is probably not that old. I have seen really old saddles that looked better. And was it painted?? Color looks pretty worn off in many places and fleece really mashed down.

Saw all that too. I would run away from this saddle. I found a beautiful Circle Y cutting saddle on consignment at a local tack shop for $350, fully fitted including front cinch, back cinch and breast collar.
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SouthernTrails 03-24-2013 03:23 PM

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For 250.00 and it fits your Horse and You, I say it is a good deal. A 350.00 Circle Y Cutting Saddle, that deal only come along one every few years....

They used a Ralide Tree and Cow Leather.
I have seen the New Circle Y High Horse Models that use the Ralide Tree and cost 1,000.00 New, not look much better after they were a few years old :wink:

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