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    12-07-2011, 11:17 AM
western saddles, help.

Hey guys. As an english riding native, I am looking to purchase a western saddle. As with english, I know there are different kinds. What kind would be the best? Also what size would be the best for me?

I ride in an 18" english close contact saddle
What type would be the best for pleasure riding? Such as trails and light arena work. I don't plan to show, but I would still like a good quality saddle.
What should I expect to pay for such a saddle?
And do tree sizes differ from english? I currently ride in a regular tree. As my thoroughbred has fairly thin withers.

Any other advice is welcome. Thank you!
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    12-07-2011, 11:35 AM
Green Broke
I rode my OTTB in a Circe y equitation saddle and loved it. That's all I know about western saddles, sorry.
    12-07-2011, 11:48 AM
Green Broke
Most of your unmarked "western saddles" are made for flat backed quarter horses and may not work on your TB. The decent brands will list a gullet size. If you shop at decent places like horsetack.com they have instructions on how to do a withers tracing. With that tracing they can tell you what will fit and what wont. Just like in english you have differnt gullet sizes. You also have differnt bar angles. I would suspect a Semi QH is what you will want.
Seat size should be about 15.5 to 16 in western. Generally the most common size. http://www.horsesaddleshop.com is another good place.
As far as good durable brands there are lots of choices. The mid range companies generally make good servicable saddles in the $500-$900 dollar range. Brands like Dakota, dixiland, circle Y (not to be confused with alot of cheap saddles that use circle and another letter in their name) Royal King saddles are a lower priced saddle that generally are made pretty well. Check out "Horsetackreview.com for lots of reviews on saddle brands,
    12-07-2011, 11:56 AM
Green Broke
Western Saddle Fitting and Different Tree Sizes

These are good people to deal with and have good prices and products, from low end but servicable, to high end and fancy. Based on what you said Id look real hard at the medium tree Dakota trail saddle model 213
    12-07-2011, 11:57 AM
Awesome. Thank you, that is so helpful!
Is that how much I should expect to pay for a nice used saddle? I doubt I will buy one new.

Any special type you would reccomend? (Reinning, trail, barrel).

I'm swimming in a sea of saddles on ebay. Haha
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    12-07-2011, 12:01 PM
If you're on E-bay, look for Blue Ribbon, Billy Royal, Simco, Dale Chavez, Circle Y. Sometimes you can get those saddles used for the same price you'd pay for a lesser quality saddle through a tack shop.
    12-07-2011, 12:06 PM
Awesome thank you. I would really like to pay less than 300 for one. Do you think that's realistic for a saddle that will last?

If anyone has such a saddle they would like to sell, feel free to PM me.
I'm ideally looking for a lighter colored saddle. Like a chesnut color(ish).
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    12-07-2011, 12:10 PM
A good used western saddle will be in the $500 - 750 range (only luck will find a good saddle in the $300 range) although you can get a nicely make, made in America saddle new in the $800 to 1,000 range if you look at Corriente, or Dakota.

For just trail riding and/or some arena work, I would stick to a pleasure saddle, or a ranch saddle. Personally, I would not consider a barrel or reining saddle although many people use them.

Ebay can be a good source of used saddles but many people can be taken if they don't know enough about saddles or makers. As far as trees, that can be a tricky thing since there is no set rules as to tree sizes. What one maker considers a QH tree, another may see it as a semi QH. Your TB many work better with an A fork saddle with semi QH bars rather then a Wade due to the high withers.

I would suggest trying a few saddles from your tack shop to see what works for him. There is also a thread http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...dle-fit-45868/ that may help you.

In any case, if you see a saddle on ebay, come on here and ask about it. You may find just what you are looking for or find one that you are warned to stay away from.

Good Luck.
    12-07-2011, 12:11 PM
It depends on the quality of the work. I have a brand new working saddle that was made by a local saddle maker and I only paid $350 for it. I expect to be buried with that saddle it's put together so well. But if I were looking on E-bay, I'd expect to pay between $400-600 for a good used saddle, maybe more right now since it's Christmas. If you can wait until after Christmas, you might slide in there for under $400. I've found if you can just sit and watch until the right deal comes along you can sometimes really get a deal. Other times, not so much.
    12-07-2011, 12:13 PM

Is one I am heavily considering.
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