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    06-22-2011, 06:41 PM
Saddle Help

I have read that on the west coast or near that area people have been doing some reining in a cutting saddles. Now needing to buy a saddle I find they tend to be cheaper. I know reining saddles are designed for reining and I am looking for one but would a cutting saddle or another type of saddle work?
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    06-22-2011, 09:38 PM
Can you find any nice used reining saddles in your area? That is what I would do since you can often find a nice used one for 1/2 the price.
    06-23-2011, 07:52 AM
It depends on what you are going to do. I would suggest you go to a site that sells lots of different styles of saddles and look at the profiles. That is how I learned some about the differences in the western saddles. It seemed to me that a cutting saddle has a higher horn and that would not work well for some things, but might if you are going to need it. Reining has a deeper seat, shorter horn. That is what I have and love it, but then, I do some reining. I do feel secure in it on the trails, as well tho.
    06-24-2011, 08:56 PM
I started out reining in my rope saddle. It was what I had at the time and did not want to just go out and buy a saddle until I knew what it was I wanted as there are different styles of reining saddle.

If you are looking for a western saddle to just ride western then yet a cutting saddle or a rope saddle or barrel saddle will work. If you have a western saddle you can use it. However if you are looking at doing reining then get a reining saddle. There is a reason reining saddle are the way they are and if that is what you want to do and you have to buy one anyway pay the money and get a good reining saddle. There are a lot of nice used ones out there. Most trainers will replace their saddle every year or 2. They have a lot of life left in them and usually will sell for a good price.

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