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    07-17-2013, 04:16 PM
  #11
Trained
I have a Billy Cook that I love. It's nothing fancy but it's one of the few saddles I can slide comfortably in (even though I'm not reining anymore). I'm picky about saddles.

Continental is a good brand too IMO. Never owned one, but my trainer had one I rode her horses in for awhile that was comfy.
     
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    07-17-2013, 04:24 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
I have a Billy Cook that I love. It's nothing fancy but it's one of the few saddles I can slide comfortably in (even though I'm not reining anymore). I'm picky about saddles.

Continental is a good brand too IMO. Never owned one, but my trainer had one I rode her horses in for awhile that was comfy.
My trainer bought a billy cook and says the same thing, but the everyone else bought billy cooks so I thought I'd try something different.

Contenental Saddlery offers some sorta test drive for thier saddles... So I might call them and talk to them about it... I wonder if I could have them send me out a saddle, and if I like it could I just buy it then? Lol
     
    07-17-2013, 07:14 PM
  #13
Trained
Well......after much searching and having several saddles myself, I have found that only a saddle with a "narrow twist" will work for me. Something to consider, IMO. I bought a used Bob's custom KR reiner (they have the narrow twist, as does the Lady reiner) and I love it. My best friend rides in a Duane Latimer (also a Bobs) but, I have no idea if that tree is a narrow twist also. I can tell you it is really popular among women. I have also ridden in a Continental-it was Ok, no comparison to the Bobs, and I owned both a Custom Leddy (which was GORGEOUS, but made my hips hurt since it was not a narrow twist) and a Rocking R, which, honestly was my first reiner and I really liked it. Good Bob's with the narrow twist (one of the ones I named above) can be hard to find, but they also hold their value. My Rocking R did too. You WILL lose value if you shorten the leathers.....But, at your height, you probably do not have a choice.

Actually-if you call Tony at Cowdog Saddles-he is really helpful and can tell you which ones may work for you.
     
    07-17-2013, 07:46 PM
  #14
Foal
I've got two reining saddles, a Dale Chavez and a Pard's Versatility. Both are nice saddles, the chavez is fancier looking, more tooling and bling, but the pard's is the most comfortable saddle I've ridden in.
     
    07-17-2013, 08:30 PM
  #15
Showing
I wonder how so many of us managed to use the saddle we had to do everything, instead of specialty saddles. I barrel raced, trail rode, showed western pleasure, played at cutting cattle all in my roping saddle.
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    07-17-2013, 08:49 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I loved my trainer's tex tan imperial reiner! Right now I'm riding in a Bob's, very comfy! I've never ridden in a continental but HOLY GUACAMOLE, they are BEAUTIFUL without being over the top. I follow their FB page and I drool when I see them. One day I will have enough shekels to buy one of my own.
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    07-17-2013, 10:53 PM
  #17
Trained
I tried a TexTan-hated it. Maybe because it was new? Seemed stiff, stirrups weren't turned-just uncomfortable to me.
     
    07-17-2013, 11:01 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I tried a TexTan-hated it. Maybe because it was new? Seemed stiff, stirrups weren't turned-just uncomfortable to me.
Yeah, I think the textan I rode is was really "well loved", but no where near as broken in as the Bob's was.
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    07-18-2013, 08:17 AM
  #19
Weanling
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Originally Posted by franknbeans    
Well......after much searching and having several saddles myself, I have found that only a saddle with a "narrow twist" will work for me. Something to consider, IMO. I bought a used Bob's custom KR reiner (they have the narrow twist, as does the Lady reiner) and I love it. My best friend rides in a Duane Latimer (also a Bobs) but, I have no idea if that tree is a narrow twist also. I can tell you it is really popular among women. I have also ridden in a Continental-it was Ok, no comparison to the Bobs, and I owned both a Custom Leddy (which was GORGEOUS, but made my hips hurt since it was not a narrow twist) and a Rocking R, which, honestly was my first reiner and I really liked it. Good Bob's with the narrow twist (one of the ones I named above) can be hard to find, but they also hold their value. My Rocking R did too. You WILL lose value if you shorten the leathers.....But, at your height, you probably do not have a choice.

Actually-if you call Tony at Cowdog Saddles-he is really helpful and can tell you which ones may work for you.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

I've heard super great thing about Bobs. It sounds like they are worth the extra cash and I might be happiest in the end by going that way.

I hate to shorten the stirrups but I'm not looking at resale value, if I spend that much money on a saddle it's getting buried with me. but in all honestly I can't be the only short kid riding.

I like your comments about a narrow twist, I never thought about it. I'm a little heavy right now (going 130lbs... I just had my first child and I'm having difficulty getting the weight off ) but when I was riding everyday before I got pregnant I went 96lbs on average. I wonder if I would notice a difference? So far I ride in other saddles and feel fine. Other than 90% of them I have to ride without stirrups or stirrups that are too long.
     
    07-18-2013, 08:20 AM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SlideStop    
I loved my trainer's tex tan imperial reiner! Right now I'm riding in a Bob's, very comfy! I've never ridden in a continental but HOLY GUACAMOLE, they are BEAUTIFUL without being over the top. I follow their FB page and I drool when I see them. One day I will have enough shekels to buy one of my own.
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I had a real old Saddlesmith that I just LOVED but sold it when I sold my one QH. I think it's probably like the Tex Tan, finding a good one now a days will be real tough. Both companies are putting out product that I no longer care for now. Just not the quality they once were.
     

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