Ughhhhhh....so much information about saddles....
So, with the impending lease of the horse I'm going to be going into reining training with, I came to the conclusion that it was time for me to start researching reining saddles and find one that I can use for training. I asked my trainers for advice and essentially was told that cheap is cheap and I would be much better off in the long run finding a good used reining saddle. Well, everyone has their ideas of 'good'. In their opinion, 'good' is Bob's and Avila's...
Where are the best places to find used listings for these types of saddles? I've been scouring the internet hoping to come across some clueless person that doesn't know how valuable their saddle is (sadly, no luck)
What other brands are decently made? This would be for training only...not show....so it doesn't need to have silver all over it.
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Horseclicks has a bob's custom option to atleast narrow it down. The cheapest you will find on there is around 2K though.
What kind of budget are you looking at?
It is more important that the saddle fit you and fit the horse. Ask around at shows and see if anyone has a training saddle they wouldn't mind parting with.
There is a website called something like "tack review" . I got a lot of good info from that website.
I would not let your self stress about it too much. I totally know how that can be. I am a comlete tack whore. I LOVE buying tack, but as one who also leases, it doesnt' pay to invest too much in tack for a horse that you may not have for a long time. I indulge myself in new bridles ('cause the fit nealy any horse) and pads and such, but the only saddle I bought on the internet, an endurance saddle, so far fits NO horse that I am in contact with.
I totally feel your pain. I am new to the whole western riding thing, after being english my entire life. So, last spring, when I bought my new horse who I also hope to do some reining with, I had to start somewhere. I started with a Rocking R, which I was told was a reining saddle, turns out it was a training saddle. It was great, but too big for me, and, as has been said-size for both of you makes a HUGE difference. I finally went to a place near me that makes customs...Wengers-they are pretty well respected for customs. Anyway, they do not want to make me a custom until I have more knowledge. So, they sold me a Tex Tan Imperial
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that I really love, except for the fact the stiirrups aren't turned. I will trade it in on a custom in 6 months or so. I also found a used Rocking R reiner, what I love. I found that at Shells saddle shack.
She has a few used saddles at a time. I peruse Ebay daily, since I am a tack whore also......there are some good deals there, but you have to know the size you need.
I also have a friend who has bought the Stacy Westfall at Stagecoach West. They have some nice saddles, pretty reasonable. Their "Bar J" make is actually made for them custom by Rocking R. FYI-Rocking R has the same tree as the Crates, which are also a really nice saddle.
It is a bit overwhelming for sure...good luck and happy hunting!
Ask your trainer/coach what makes a reining saddle a reining saddle - flatter seat, built up seat, how high the cantle, how low the cantle. You may not need a "reiner" at all. Because this sport is growing by leaps and bounds I've also noticed that reining saddles are pricing high even for high mileage ones.
Actually, what makes a reiner a reiner is well documented, here is just one example.
Reining Saddle - Reiner
Personally I have found that a reining saddle makes a huge difference. I had a "training" saddle. having the close contact, narrow twist, free moving fenders, deep pocket, etc has really helped me. I am NOT a believer that the prices have gone up due to the popularity of the sport. JMHO.
It seems you have researched this pretty well. One would think with today's economy you could find a good used saddle that suits your needs as there are so many for sale.
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