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post #1 of 11 Old 04-23-2013, 03:37 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Best All around Western Saddle...

Hi Folks, sorry if there is a previous post on this topic....I tried looking with no luck...

I am in search for a good all around Western saddle that I can use for almost anything. I primarily use for lessons, arena work type stuff. Nothing too crazy. My ultimate riding goal is to be able to take my girl safely on grounds and on trail but also use during lessons. During my lessons, I would like to be able to refine my movement with her. No jumping, no gymkhana...I am a pretty laid back rider.

I CURRENTLY have a Circle Y flex tree BARREL saddle ( I went this route because it's SUPER light...all leather at 21 lbs. couldn't find anything lighter, really). I'm 5ft 1" and Rosie is about 16hh. I would like to get her saddle on her without a ladder. Mine works pretty well for that.

14.5" Circle Y Kelly Kaminski Blaze Flex2 Barrel Racer, Wide Tree 1528

That being said, I've been told my barrel saddle puts me in a bit of a forward position. (maybe you all can help me with this answer) much is too much? Or am I over thinking this??

Things I feel that are must haves for me:

1. Fairly light. 28lbs or so and under

2. Suede seat to keep my backside in the saddle a little better ;) Rosie is a very forward horse and has a big trot and canter. not always sit-able.

3. Quality. A good saddle is an investment in my horse's back. I don't want to hurt her with a cheaply made, ill fitting saddle.

4. I'm short, any one else out there have a saddle maker they can recommend that has fenders that can be adjusted (easily with a couple of holes in the leathers)? I ordered mine with custom cut fenders, a curse i would probably always live with :(

*********I have been looking up Bob's custom saddles--reiner saddles. Used of course. I hear they are phenomenal. Anything about a Reiner saddle that would NOT work?

Thank you soooooooo much wonderful horse community!!!!!

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-24-2013, 01:12 AM
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If you are interested in a custom saddle that is lightweight, but good for anything and everything... I can recommend Robert Dennis out of South Dakota. His are just tops.

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Thank you so much Boots! :) Appreciate any advice
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-03-2013, 11:58 PM
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That's a pretty tall order to fill. I've heard there are good synthetic saddles that are light. Though I've little experience with them. The weight will take most good leather saddles out. Good luck finding what you want. I'll be curious to hear what's available.
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I would have a chat with the folk at Corriente I hear great things about their saddles.
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post #6 of 11 Old 05-04-2013, 02:03 AM
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I highly recommend a Billy Royal.

This is the one I have: Billy RoyalŪ Classic Work Saddle in Work at Schneider Saddlery

Fits my 3-year-old very well, very comfy, 33 pounds (a little heavier than what you said but still), and it has the design to fit a good chunk of horses.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-04-2013, 03:49 PM
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I have a Tucker Cheyenne Springs trail saddle.
Tucker Cheyenne Springs Trail Saddle

Love, love, love this saddle. It is 24lbs, extremely well made and very comfortable. It does not have a suede seat, but it does have a gel cushioned seat that is wonderful and has plenty of stick. You can also order it with shorter fenders. Mine is brown, but the brown is actually a beautiful mahogany color. The padding on the saddle is wool, which I like better then what is traditionally used on western saddles. The Horse Saddle Shop will give you free shipping and sometimes offers a free matching bridle.
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post #8 of 11 Old 05-05-2013, 11:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all SO MUCH!! I will definitely look into the TUCKER saddle
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I see no problems with the saddle you have so long as it fits you and your horse well.

Some barrel saddles are built with forward hung stirrups, but I wouldn't say they put you forward.

I do everything in my barrel saddles except show in the pattern classes. They are lightweight, comfortable, and keep your butt seated in the saddle. It's often hard for me to ride in anything else now except my show saddle, and if I had it my way I'd show in my barrel saddle as well.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-06-2013, 06:57 AM
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Get a good. well made. Wade saddle. I got mine in 94 or 95 and even after all these years it is the single most comfortable thing I have ever sat in, not the most comfortable saddle, the most comfortable THING I have ever sat in.
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