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Freemare 11-17-2013 09:56 PM

Circle Y saddle tree problems
 
So yesterday when I was out helping my trainer with his equine class, we had pulled a bunch of saddles out ,one of them mine. It was a Circle Y arabian saddle that I got for free because of a little problem. It had a small crack in the tree of the saddle that my trainer and I repaired. Anyway...months later with the class there I looked under the skirt to see the tree was cracking all the way through the seat and everywhere. Now the saddle is worthless, trash and I can no longer ride in it. I only rode it here and there and dont do hard riding. Has anyone had a problem with a tree like this before. I think its a fiberglass tree that was molded in a mold. Now i am looking for a new saddle. I was thinking of a more higher end circle Y. I know the old one was like $500 back then when it was new. Any info would be great.

horselovinguy 11-18-2013 11:40 AM

Well...for the tree to crack originally it either was faulty to start with or someone did a job on it to made it crack!

If you truly like the saddle and it fits the horse, why not just get a price to put a new tree under it?
It would certainly be cheaper than purchasing a new saddle and possibly cheaper than purchasing a second hand quality saddle that is well worn...

Why not contact "Circle Y" and see if they will stand behind their product...you never know till you ask.:think:....

So far the saddle has cost you nothing... a phone call is cheap enough to do.

Good luck.

sorral3 11-18-2013 04:03 PM

I would try to contact the maker. If they don't warrantee it, its a loss. Those trees are specially made for that manufacturer, and doubt it can be re-treed. If you do have to buy a new one, I highly recommend staying away from the plastic and fiberglass trees. A fiberglass covered wood tree would work for me, but never a full synthetic tree.

SouthernTrails 11-18-2013 04:20 PM

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If it was one of the old Flex Trees, they took them off the market because of many, many problems with that tree and came out with a flex2

If the serial number names it as one of those old trees, you might have a chance to get a new tree free, but you may need the original invoice to do that...

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Freemare 11-18-2013 04:51 PM

I called them and the saddle is to old. Let alone the cost of getting a new tree and having one put in was well over $1000. The saddle has to have some strange tree or it will not fit. Is what they told me.

SouthernTrails 11-18-2013 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Freemare (Post 4131602)
I called them and the saddle is to old. Let alone the cost of getting a new tree and having one put in was well over $1000. The saddle has to have some strange tree or it will not fit. Is what they told me.

1,000.00 for a new tree? They are beyond Crazy :wink:

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Freemare 11-18-2013 07:48 PM

No kidding. I guess they have to take the whole saddle apart with all the work with putting the leather back on. Let alone the cost of shipping.

smrobs 11-18-2013 08:16 PM

I think I would just look for a new saddle (or used if you're on a budget). Having the saddle taken apart and put back together on a new tree isn't cheap, at least around here $1000 sounds about right as a starting place. BUT, we don't have many saddlers in my area so it's either pay $1000+ for the guy down the road or pay a lower price to the folks you have to pay to ship the saddle to.

6 of one and half a dozen of the other LOL.

Just my own personal preference, but I won't ride in a saddle without a rawhide wrapped wood tree. They are heavier, but a good one will last you decades.

TackJack 11-19-2013 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Freemare (Post 4126089)
I know the old one was like $500 back then when it was new. Any info would be great.


$500 for a new Circle Y? Was it purchased in the '70s or something?

Freemare 11-19-2013 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by TackJack (Post 4136898)
$500 for a new Circle Y? Was it purchased in the '70s or something?

I have no idea. I got it for free from a friend. So got it from some and it kind of got lost from there. I think it was a online saddle deal.


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