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    07-29-2011, 08:38 PM
  #11
Yearling
If you don't mind buying a used saddle, Circle Y's and Billy Cook saddles are good quality and sometimes you can find good deals on used ones if you keep your eyes open.
     
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    07-29-2011, 08:48 PM
  #12
Trained
My vote is for Reinsman, I love mine, fell in love with the first one I ever saw in a store, but couldn't afford that one. I saved up and searched the internet every day and eventually bought one on ebay, I am so happy with it, I'm only partially joking when I say I won't buy another horse unless it fits my Reinsman
     
    08-05-2011, 01:57 PM
  #13
Weanling
If your horse is average size, I would suggest Circle Y. They make a nice quality saddle for the price, but the majority of their saddles have a semi-QH tree (which fits most average sized horses). Some of the Crates saddles are also semi-QH trees. If your horse is larger or relatively round (mutton withered), I would suggest either a full QH Crates or a Billy Cook saddle. The quality of the Billy Cook saddles made in Sulphur, OK is generally better than the ones made in Texas.
     
    08-05-2011, 02:14 PM
  #14
Foal
All the brands mentioned above are good. Tucker makes a comfy trail saddle too. No matter what you buy make sure you have someone who knows fit it properly. Good luck.
     
    08-06-2011, 05:15 PM
  #15
Weanling
Circle Y and Billy Cook are my two favorites.

My Circle Y show, is a very strong but flexible leather, and the balance and comfort. Even after a whole days worth of showing, it doesnt ever get uncomfortable.
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    08-06-2011, 05:16 PM
  #16
Weanling
Circle Y and Billy Cook are my two favorites.

My Circle Y show, is a very strong but flexible leather, and the balance and comfort. Even after a whole days worth of showing, it doesnt ever get uncomfortable.

My trainer has a Billy Cook that I've ridden in several times, and its fabulous.
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    08-06-2011, 09:07 PM
  #17
Showing
You can get a nice used saddle that is a bigger name for relatively cheap, like others have mentioned.

However, I would like to throw in Corriente. I know one of the previous posters mentioned them but I actually own and ride in one, as does my brother and several of my friends who are ranch hands. They are a superbly good quality saddle that is made for an inexpensive price. I got mine custom made just the way I wanted it for less than $700, I've been riding in it for several hours a day, every day for over a year now and still love it. It is, by far, the most comfortable saddle I've ever had the privilege of sitting my ass in.

My brother has been using his for feedlot/ranch work for around 8 years and his is still in great shape (and he inflicts more trauma on a saddle in 1 year than most folks could in 1 lifetime). Now don't get me wrong, they aren't the same quality as a saddle from a big name saddler that costs $2500+ brand new, but that doesn't mean that they are poor quality. They are just working quality. They are FQHB with a 7" gullet, which fits most standard stock horses and I will likely never own a different brand unless the size/shape of the horse demands it.
     
    08-07-2011, 11:19 AM
  #18
Trained
One thing I like about my Circle Y is that the stirrups are turned nicely from the factory. Do other brands do this as well?
     
    08-07-2011, 01:27 PM
  #19
Weanling
I have a Crates that I bought last year. Even though it is heavy it is very well made and ordered it from the Horse Saddle Shop for $1,400.00 free shipping. I sent them wither tracings and pictures and Charlie recommended Crates. I was worried I would have to send it back, but he was right on the money. Ordered it at 2:30 in the afternoon on a Friday and received it @ 2:30 the next afternoon! I highly recommend this company, they have tons of saddles!
     
    08-07-2011, 02:46 PM
  #20
Foal
I like Circle Y too, but didn't want to spend the $$$$. I also have 3 of the older Big Horn saddles, and they are a very good quality and hold up well. I had never owned a brand new saddle so I recently purchased a Dakota. I absolutely love it so far. Very comfortable and durable. I found one similar (no tooling) at our local tack store and sat in it and looked it all over before I ordered mine online with all the tooling.
Western Saddle by Dakota - Flex Tree FQHB in 15" 16" or 17" USA Made 2212

This site also has several used saddles that have been inspected and look brand new. Their customer service was excellent. Happy Shopping!!
     

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