What Show Saddle???
I'm upgrading my western show saddle and I have no clue what brand to get. Right now I have a dark oil Circle Y, I hate it! I want a light oil, 15.5 to 16", full QH bars, and most importantly will last a long time! (10 years). I found 4 that I love, I have no clue what ones are better.
Saddle 1:http://images.craigslist.org/3n73mf3...58b86516e5.jpg A Showman Saddle, new last year and is light oil and is a 16" Full QH. $825...used.
Saddle 2:http://images.craigslist.org/3n53p43...a6d1c3150a.jpghttp://images.craigslist.org/3kc3mf3...f234e01a66.jpghttp://images.craigslist.org/3n33k33...77454c1a46.jpg A Billy Cook 16". Has close contact cut out skirts, Montana Silver, but a faux back cinch, it is a sunflower oil, has a rawhide covered tree, low horn. It doesn't say the tree size. $1500...used
Saddle 3: A JT International Royal Silver (or Silver Royal) saddle. Sunflower oil, low horn, 16", Full Qh, Lots of tooling. Priced at $995
Saddle 4: I can't remember the brand, the logo is a Circle with an "A" inside. it is very light oil, 16", Montana Silver. Priced at $1600...new
TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK, RECOMMENDATIONS. BAD AND GOOD SADDLES. MY PRICE RANGE IS $800 TO $1800
I had a showman training saddle, and at first I loved it when when I sat in better saddles I hated it ahha.
Some Billy Cooks can be pretty good so I would definitely look at that.
Have you considered finding a Harris or Blue Ribbon without silver? I would make rather see someone riding in one of those with no silver, then a lower quality one with silver.
Especially if you want something that will last you 10 years I think its better to spend more money now and be more satisfied in the long run.
Well I show western pleasure at APHA shows...i need one with silver...thanks tho!
I show AQHA ... I would still rather see someone in a Harris or BR without silver, then a lower quality with silver. Even at the bigger AQHA shows.
That being said I would pass on the showman, check out the Billy Cook and I don't know the other brands.
I found some tacktrader links of other ones. I don't know all of the brands just ones I found that seem to be around the price range you posted.
TackTrader Item ID: 351005 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
TackTrader Item ID: 337843 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
TackTrader Item ID: 350566 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
TackTrader Item ID: 350501 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
TackTrader Item ID: 350381 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
TackTrader Item ID: 350269 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
TackTrader Item ID: 349460 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
TackTrader Item ID: 349949 - TackTrader.com Classifieds
There's a lot more you can check out on tack trader too
If you upped your price range to $2000-$3000 there are some decent looking saddles on there as well
Aww you didn't have to do that!! I know I should up my price range but I am paying for it by myself, so 1800 is all that I can afford. Thanks so much! I emailed on the 1st one, cause its in my state.
I definitely understand the money constrictions.
I'm sure you'll find something that suits you!!
Look around at some reining saddles too... I noticed you can find some nice ones for cheaper and they have a GREAT seat (well the good ones do ahah)
The circle with the a should be american saddlery. They are nice but on the lower end.
I just love that Showman. It just looks um...classy to me. Not as overdone as some of them are.
Thanks! http://store.americansaddlery.com/sh...l/1998copy.jpg I think this is the saddle I was looking at, more basket weacing tho... all the way on the fender:P
quite frankly, the first one on your post was the best. you want a light saddle with tons of silver. brand doesnt really matter.
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