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post #21 of 29 Old 04-06-2014, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by SouthernTrails View Post
Yup, Circle Y started having someone make Cordura Models for them

*Sniff* well they could of chosen a nicer looking one. I have nothing against synthetic, but some just look nicer than others. Again though it is all about correct fit for horse and rider and a good skeleton in the saddle that counts.
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post #22 of 29 Old 04-06-2014, 12:48 PM
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If I wanted a black saddle on a budget and were going for cordura, I like the Bighorn corduras.

I've owned a couple of them and they both were nice. I had the "roper" style ones, but I would assume even their cheaper versions were nicer than say Abetta. I like Fabtron better than Abetta as well. The Abettas I've seen have some sort of synthetic covering on the fork/swells than when nicked tooks cheapie and white underneath. It's like some sort of vinyl. But the Bighorns and Fabtrons have either leather and/or cordura on the forks. Much better if your saddle gets nicked.

Of course neither of my Bighorns fit my horses well either, which is why I sold them. But that is due to the tree and not the construction. The trees are Ralide and I just haven't had good luck with those fitting no matter what saddle they come in. But if they fit your horses, they are really durable, well made saddles. I had one of them (my first saddle) for about 15 years before selling it on.
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post #23 of 29 Old 04-06-2014, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse View Post
WOW is the REALLY a Circle Y Circle Y Park and Trail Western Saddle | eBay ? It doesn't look their normal quality.
Not surprised...Circle Y's are not good quality and haven't been for over a decade, no re-sale value and not worth the money.
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post #24 of 29 Old 04-07-2014, 11:53 AM
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Not trying to hijack the thread, but I have a nice 15" black barrel saddle for sale that is well within your price range. You can PM me for more information if you're interested.

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post #25 of 29 Old 04-07-2014, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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I have good news! Went to a show last night and this morning with my friend's horse and won $300! She let me keep the money since I did most of the work preparing him, and as a present, she gave me enough money to afford a circle y :) I've found a trail saddle by circle y that I do love and fits my horse! So I'm going to go pick it up this week and see how riding in it is! Thank you everyone for your help and advice!!!!
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post #26 of 29 Old 04-10-2014, 09:14 AM
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Congrats on the win! What great timing!

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see, good things come to those who wait! congrats on your win and new saddle.
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post #28 of 29 Old 04-10-2014, 11:26 AM
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you can get some decent deals on ebay if your careful, i just bought a saddle set for 150.00 on there. Its not brand name but it isnt junk either, and it fit our horse just fine. The only thing is if you are wanting to rope you need to spend more because that is so hard on the saddle. If you are just doing Western Pleasure then you can get away with decent and pretty.
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post #29 of 29 Old 04-21-2014, 01:19 AM
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Be careful not to get caught up on the "aesthetic value" of a saddle, as it might be pretty and blingy but it will either fall apart or will hurt your horses back. Whatever you buy it has to fit and I caution buying it off the internet as you can not try it on. If you can try on a few saddles from somewhere with a saddle fitter they can tell you what to look for in terms of bars and gullet, etc. For example my horse has a short back so rounded skirt would be best for him, and he is narrow up front with a bit of a wither. Not all saddles will fit him. I would honestly find a saddle that is for sale locally so you can try it on and have it looked at on your horses back before buying. You could end up with a very sore horse.

My trainer had been riding my horse last week and then I hopped on my horse for a bit and didn't want to change out to my rigging so I rode in his saddle. Saddle was old, dirty and didn't look like anything special at all, and when I rode in for awhile I noticed that my horse was moving a lot better and also I loved how comfortable it was compared to mine. I thought I liked mine which is a crates until I rode in his. Not pretty, but really good saddle.
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