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    10-23-2008, 01:29 AM
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Foal
Question What is a good Trail riding saddle?

I am looking for a not to exspensive trail saddle what do Ya'll recommend?
     
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    10-23-2008, 07:07 AM
  #2
Showing
A lot of people like treeless saddles- I've heard they're very comfy for trailriding!
     
    10-23-2008, 08:42 AM
  #3
Foal
I need somthing to hang on to. :)
     
    10-23-2008, 08:57 AM
  #4
Showing
What price range are you in, is weight a consideration, and do you mind used or must it be new?
     
    10-23-2008, 10:00 AM
  #5
Started
I'd look around. My trainer said he purchased one of those treeless flexible saddles and hated it. He took it back to the store immediately and then purchased a used saddle. I just got two used ones; one from Craig's list and the other one from ebay. I'd think you could find a nice used saddle from either of these sources. Let's just say the more expesive saddle was less than $150 with shipping. The other was less than half that.

I'd chose only name brand saddles like Simco, Tex Tan, etc. I've seen some pics of a Red Ranger that looks kind of neat. My Simco is leather, comfy, pretty, and light weight.
     
    10-23-2008, 02:12 PM
  #6
Foal
Around $200.00 and under I want a sturdy hefty saddle leather of course I would love a Billy Cook but I doubt I get one for that price.I don't mind used.
     
    10-23-2008, 02:46 PM
  #7
Showing
Rolly, under $200 is pretty tough and definitely used. There are new saddle packages out there that I would never put on a horse selling in that range but don't do it.

Save a little more and once you can get ~$350 and above you will find a much better quality saddle. There are some bargains out there but they are few and far between for a named brand.

Your saddle may last longer then your horse so buy a good one. I've seen OLD Billy Cooks (from OK not from TX) selling for over $350 at auctions. There was a great buy of a Circle Y pleasure saddle that sold for only $300 at the last auction I went to that should have been in the $500 range anywhere else.

What I always tell my kids is if you buy it right, you will only need to buy it once.
     
    10-23-2008, 03:03 PM
  #8
Foal
I found this one,they say it is a custom made jobber looks pretty stout but I don't know about saddles they want $150.00 for it and it is used
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    10-23-2008, 03:44 PM
  #9
Showing
The word "custom" gets thrown around way too much. A good maker has his name on the saddle or at least the name of the shop that has it contracted. Anytime there is no name or brand on the saddle, I suspect the quality.

Judging only from the picture, the leather looks stiff, the hardware looks so-so, and the rear cinch is cheap. What is the tree made of, what kind of buckles are used on the stirrups, and what is the padding like? Frankly it doesn't look very used. The fenders aren't turned and the front billet has no cinch marks on it.
     
    10-23-2008, 03:57 PM
  #10
Foal
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Originally Posted by iridehorses    
the word "custom" gets thrown around way too much. A good maker has his name on the saddle or at least the name of the shop that has it contracted. Anytime there is no name or brand on the saddle, I suspect the quality.

Judging only from the picture, the leather looks stiff, the hardware looks so-so, and the rear cinch is cheap. What is the tree made of, what kind of buckles are used on the stirrups, and what is the padding like? Frankly it doesn't look very used. The fenders aren't turned and the front billet has no cinch marks on it.
horn : 3"
gullet : 7
fiberglass tree
skirt : Wide skirt
color :light tan
design : Quality leather
weight : 28 lbs
     

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