Just out of curiousity what brand of saddle is everyone using??
2 Westren Rawhides (I swear by this saddle for any working class)
1 Rocky Mountian Saddlery which is a very well made local brand. Great saddle.
1 Circle Y, I really hate this saddle. I don't think they are that sturdy. But a very good looking saddle. I use this saddle to start the colts.
1 Big horn. Very nice pleasure saddle. Very comfortable!
I just got a crates last november. It is beautiful...I love it.
We also have several really good quality barrel saddles that we have accumulated over the years, but I really could not tell you the brands. :( They do come in really handy for my lesson kids though, because they have such a secure seat, and the stirrups are very adjustable. :)
I have a Simco Arab saddle and a Circle Y trail saddle. My sis-in-law has a Simco trail saddle. All were purchased off ebay (I'm an addict :roll: ).
I really like the older Simcos but the newer ones don't seem to be as well made. :?
I like my Circle Y because it has a wide gullet and a true full quarter horse bar. My big tank of a QH really needs it!
3 Don West gaited horse saddles 1 I got used on ebay, 1 I custom ordered and 1 my husband just custom ordered. They are the ones we use the most.
1 Big Horn endurance saddle They are comfy aren't they!
2 Abetta endurance saddles (1 on loan to my preganant farrier)
1 cheapy Australian gathering dust in the hay barn.
I love Circle Y saddles... :oops:
quick western saddle question. how do you go buy a saddle. I understand the seat fit, but what about to fit the horses back. also is there a western saddle for just about everything.
JDI-That's alright I wasn't saying that you shouldn't like them. I don't like mine. I mean it's a great trail/training saddle. But it's just not a real sturdy saddle. I find the leather on mine is rather thin.
Tiffany (BTW I have the same name :D) Yeah they make a saddle for almost every westren event...reining, cutting, penning, barrel racing, plasure, etc.
I got Alamo pleasure saddle last Fall. It has qh bars (unlike semi-qh lots of synthetic have) so fit my qh, and high pommel, so it doesn't sit on my paint withers (that's what I was looking for for quite a bit). Very comfy to sit in (I tried something like 15-20 (at least, I'm very picky :oops: ) different models/brands including other models of Alamo before deciding on one). I also really liked Bill Cook saddle (would be my 2nd choice).
BTW, I too wasn't very impressed about Circle Y even though everyone around talks about it. It's OK, but nothing to die for. JD, it's just matter of taste! :)
Most western saddles are QH or semi QH bars unless you get into the custom or higher end saddles.
I personally find Circle Y the best.
The Circle S saddles are hilarious.
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