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post #11 of 18 Old 02-23-2012, 01:50 PM
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Crates are nice and Tucker's are too. If I had to rate comfort between the two I'd say my Tucker is a tad more comfortable than my Crates.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-24-2012, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the input, I'm taking my time and looking and going to try out a lot before I spend the money. I really appreciate everyone's help!
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post #13 of 18 Old 02-26-2012, 09:13 AM
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I have a Hilason Flex Tree saddle that I really like. It's comfy and it didn't cost me a fortune. Try hilason.com or ebay
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-26-2012, 02:13 PM
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read a few reviews of hiliason before you spend any money, the above post is littrally the only good thing I have even seen anyone write about them. Well know for horrible service.
I trail ride in an Austrailian saddle, lighter, more secure and more comfortable then western rigs in the same price range.
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-26-2012, 06:27 PM
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That is the 1st Hilason saddle I have ever bought and I've had no problems has served me well. I don't know about the service because if you have a great saddle you don't return it. I've been in a couple Australian saddles didn't find either of them comfortable but it's a matter of preference.
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post #16 of 18 Old 03-01-2012, 04:32 PM
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I love my Crates Reining saddle for trailriding. Nice deep, secure seat. I didn't pay full price. There are deals out there - check EBAY. I've sold 5 saddles on Ebay and everyone was very pleased. Maybe you could find a used Crates.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-04-2012, 11:23 PM
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I just went to the Hilason saddle site. For the prices that they have on the saddles that I looked at, I doubt that you can expect extremely high quality. The disappointment that the people expressed may have come from them expecting more than they paid for. These flex tree saddles were less than $400. My sister bought a lower priced saddle along these lines and she was happy with it. She doesn't spend much time riding anyway. A poorly made saddle would kill my back.


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post #18 of 18 Old 03-05-2012, 10:34 AM
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I had an Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle made for Biscuit when he was much stockier than he is right now. They are wonderful to work with and I am pleased with the saddle.

Unfortunately, it isn't fitting Biscuit anymore. When I had it made for him he was much stockier - about two months after getting the saddle I started Long Slow Distance training on Biscuit and he has slimmed up some and the saddle isn't fitting him.

I sent it back to AMTS and they are going to see if it can be adjusted. If not, I will be looking to get another saddle and selling mine. I hate that!!! I have two sets of stirrups and a bridle and two sets of reins with this set - wish I had NEVER sold my Aussie saddles - they would fit the Biscuit now!

Y'alls posts on Troopers had me looking at trooper saddles!

Try AMTS...they are nice saddles.
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