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Go The Distance 06-18-2009 03:10 PM

opinions on this saddle?
i found this endurance saddle i am interested in, it is only $100, but i am worried that it is cheaply made, a "only get what you pay for" kind of thing is what im worried about.

it will be used for trail riding and possibly endurance.

what do you guys think? opinion? is it worth it?

From the seller:

This is a NEW, never used Synthetic Western style endurance saddle no horn. This saddle is designed to be low maintainence and have a high fun factor. Great for trail and pleasure riding. Light weight, only 15 lbs. Sturdy construction. Heavy synthetic material is scratch and tear resistant. To clean just wipe down with a wet cloth. Synthetic skirts and fenders. Leather Horn, Pommel, Jockeys, Cantle and seat. Thick Synthetic Fleece lined underside. Plenty of dees to attach your gear! Saddle purchase includes tie strap and off billet. Please check our feedback. Our customers love these saddles!
  • Tree: Fiber Glass - Full Bar (wide tree)
  • Seat: Padded Smooth Leather
  • Cantle: 4 -1/4" Deep Seat
  • Rigging: Stainless Steel inskirt
  • Trim: Engraved conchos

luvs2ride1979 06-18-2009 03:30 PM

Fiberglass trees are an indication of a really cheap Asian import saddle. I would STEER CLEAR! Fiberglass trees rarely fit horses well, are often warped right out of the box, and will warp and possibly crack with use/time.

If you want a quality, affordable endurance saddle, look for a used Abetta. They are made in the USA on quality Ralide trees. My Endurance saddle took 4 years of hard riding and is still usable, though not as pretty as it once was, lol. Their standard QH tree fits a pretty wide variety of horses too.

This is the one I have:
Abetta Endurance Saddle

Used you can find them from $200-250 usually.

Scoutrider 06-18-2009 03:34 PM

There are 2 synthetic saddles in my barn, and both have held up woderfully for years. I'm not familiar with that saddle specifically, but I wouldn't worry that it is cheaply made. Just be aware that it is not leather. My Abetta cordura saddle has held up fantastically for over 5 years, and with a spray of the hose looks like new, but I don't expect it to last for 50+ years, as I might expect well cared for leather to do. Who knows, in 50 years I may be very surprised! It's not a workmanship question, it's a material life span question. Check the tree materials and fit, of course.

Is the saddle new from the manufacturer, or is it secondhand, never used (as the note kind of reads)? I would buy it. For $100, you can gamble and replace it in a few years, or eBay it if it isn't what you were looking for. I wouldn't worry about the workmanship, though.

luvs2ride1979 06-18-2009 03:36 PM


Originally Posted by Scoutrider (Post 330213)
I'm not familiar with that saddle specifically, but I wouldn't worry that it is cheaply made.


NOT all synthetic saddles are created equal... Someone looking to buy ANY saddle SHOULD be QUITE worried if it is cheaply made. :roll:

A cheaply made saddle can be a SERIOUS safety risk for the rider, and can be painful for the horse. Fenders and hardware can break sooner or later on a cheap saddle, possibly causing the rider to fall. Trees can be warped or ill fitting, causing the horse pain. I have also seen screws work their way through a tree or skirts and end up jabbing the horse.

upnover 06-18-2009 05:05 PM

I'm going to have to agree with luvs2ride on this one.... RUN FAR FAR AWAY!! You DO NOT want a cheap saddle! They are terribly made and can cause major back problems for your horse. They fall apart easily. They're uncomfortable. They won't put you in the correct postion. Etc. Etc. Etc. I could go on and on, but for the sake of your poor horse's back alone, save up another $100 and buy a quality used saddle.

SouthernTrails 06-18-2009 06:52 PM

Yes, run away.

If you are going to use it once a year in an emergency it might be OK, but on second thought, if you have an emergency, ride bare back :-)


BrokenWings 06-23-2009 03:14 PM

I bought a Synthetic draft saddle from these guys and the first time I used it, the horn snapped right off. needless to say, not a good experience. I would agree with everyone else and say spend a little more, you'll be happier with the end result.

vivache 06-23-2009 03:49 PM

I would go for an Abetta endurance saddle. I love them. I've ridden in one once.. and though the girth confused me at first, I adored it.

And because it doesn't really quite fit on this Appaloosa, the owner of the saddle and the horse sold my instructor the saddle.

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