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  • Good used western saddle under $500
  • Cheaply made saddles

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    04-04-2014, 10:54 AM
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Foal
Good saddle, or no?

So, I have a quarter horse gelding who's almost fully trained in western pleasure and also does a bit of roping, cutting, and barrel racing. I wanted to get a new saddle to have for play days and local shows and I really want to go with a black an white color scheme. I also want to learn roping and cutting! I found this saddle and I really like it, but I've heard that this place uses water buffalo for their saddles. It's not like they kept it a secret, they mentioned it on some of their adds, and the ones that didn't say water buffalo said something along the lines of 100% genuine leather. (Like this add) I'm going to go check it out within the next week or so, anyone know what I should look for to determine good leather quality? Please and thank you :)

W/Roping Saddle Pkg Black with Rawhide 15"/16"/17"/18"
     
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    04-04-2014, 11:18 AM
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Weanling
I wouldn't purchase anything that comes in a package deal for $375, its a cheaply made saddle that most likely wont fit your horse.
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    04-04-2014, 12:39 PM
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Foal
I called the owner and asked what their policy was for trying out the saddle, and they allow it for a week with a down payment.
My budget is kinda tight and I would prefer anything under $400.
I wasn't really interested in the headstall and breast collar, as I have some already that would match any black saddle. I just loved the looks of the saddle.
Does anyone know of a good quality saddle for a decent price ($500 or less) that's black?
Thank you!
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    04-04-2014, 12:44 PM
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No quality saddle can be sold that cheap. But, I dont' necessarily think that waterbuffalo hide is bad. It's more the tanning methods, the assembly, and the quality of the tree that make a cheap saddle a bad choice.
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    04-04-2014, 01:19 PM
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Foal
Does anyone know of any good saddles for a decent price? Or have you found a used saddle anywhere that would be good for showing/playdays? That's black preferably :)
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    04-04-2014, 05:06 PM
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Foal
Go to horseclicks.com
     
    04-04-2014, 06:10 PM
  #7
Showing
You can browse ebay to look for good used, name brand, saddles, but you aren't likely to find anything in that color scheme that will fit you and your horse.

Is there any way you could save up a bit more money? Corriente sells really nice working quality saddles, custom made, for a really good price. I got my heavy duty ranch saddle from them for less than $700, made exactly the way I wanted it.

As for the one you posted, you couldn't pay me to put it on a horse I hated.
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    04-04-2014, 06:51 PM
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Yearling
You can get good used saddles for a decent price. I just sold a nice black Circle Y for $600. Keep checking craigslist and Ebay. Horse clicks is another good suggestion.

Look into Dakota saddles. Their prices are very reasonable brand new so you should be able to get a used one within your budget. Dakota makes a lovely black barrel saddle with a white rawhide laced cantle that would fit your theme nicely.
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    04-04-2014, 09:40 PM
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Unless someone has a closeout, cost or overstock Sale, you will not find any all Leather Western Saddle worth having for under 500.00 when it is New.

Most Good American Made Western Saddles start at 1,200.00 and up for New, now of course you can get a few Mexican Made Saddle Brands for 700.00 to 800.00 when New.

To be honest it may be hard to find a Good Used all Leather Saddle for 375.00, but it is possible, prices are higher now even for used as riding Season is Starting.

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    04-04-2014, 10:18 PM
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Weanling
Don't buy anything from that dude, he imports all of his stuff from India.
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