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    12-07-2011, 01:34 PM
Buffalo is an imported, very very poorly made saddle - They usually sell at tack auctions for ~$300 new and I would never put one on a horse.

I'm sorry that I keep shooting down your choices but you seem gravitated towards price more then quality. You can find both. In one of your posts, you were looking for a saddle that will last - the Buffalo is not one of them.
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    12-07-2011, 01:40 PM
The Park and Trail is not for a TB type that has high withers and is narrow behind the should blades. Look for something with a barrel front which is roomier when it comes to high withers, with semi qh bars. The saddle from Omaha definitely is notorious for pinching horses behind the shoulder blade.
    12-07-2011, 01:45 PM
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Take a good look at the Montana saddle
    12-07-2011, 02:30 PM
Originally Posted by mselizabeth    
An Arabian saddle wouldn't be too small on his shoulders?
Maybe a Gaited horse saddle would be more fitting?

Opinions on these?
Custom Ranch Work Cutting Trail Horse Saddle 16 18- Western Horse Saddles - Saddle Online
King Series Basic Leather Trail Saddle Package - Statelinetack.com

An Arabian TREE would probably be too wide for him, Arabians are notoriously wide through the shoulders. A semi QH tree would probably be ok for the TB they're narrower than a lot of horses.

I meant, if I found a 17" Circle Y Arabian round skirt saddle I would buy it for ME, regardless of price. The older ones are pretty hard to come by, people don't like to turn loose of them.

Unfortunately what you are looking at in the price range is pretty much crap. $200-300 is not going to get you a good saddle and I would rather ride my English saddle that fits well than a crappy Western that doesn't. Saddle fit is just too important for both yours and your horses comfort and long term soundness. A poorly fitting saddle can cause all kinds of problems requiring EXPENSIVE solutions for your horse.

If you really can't stretch to the $500-700 range right now, I would hold that money aside and keep adding to it until you can. Keep riding your English saddle and then when you can afford a good quality western saddle, buy it and take care of it and it will last you for life.
    12-07-2011, 02:31 PM
Having made the transition from English to western myself fairly recently, and having tried a number of saddles, here is MY .02 on the subject.

-When you are buying online, especially eBay, make sure the seller is measuring correctly. SOme do not.
-I went from a 17 A/P to a 16" reining. Tried smaller, and it was too small. IMO, you should probably be looking at a 16.5.
-I personally like reining saddles. You sit nice and deep, and they are closer contact thatn most other western saddles.
-I also liked my Circle Y park and trail, it just never fit any of my horses well at all. However-I have friends who love them and they fit their horses beautifully (tend to be the flatter backed quater horses, from my experience)
-name brands, like Circle Y are fairly easy to resell and they hold their value well. I bought mine on eBay, had it for several years( I had bought it for my daughter) and resold it for the same price.
-I look at the saddles on ebay and horseclicks at least once a week. You will be hard pressed to find a decent saddle for $300. For that low a price, you are best off with something more local, like Craigslist or a posting in a local tack shop.
-I do recall smrobs talking about the brand she uses and recommends in another thread. I believe it was something like Caliente? You might message her and ask. They are not really very expensive at all.
-I bought mine here......Used Saddles - Shells Saddle Shack
I found her easy to deal with and very helpful. Prices are pretty good to, but then I only wanted a Rocking R (not rocking "are" like above....lol) and I love it.
Good luck in making the transition-
I am now thinking of selling my english saddle. I never ever ride in it.
    12-07-2011, 03:16 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    
I only wanted a Rocking R (not rocking "are" like above....lol)
R R R R R There is a glitch in the spelling corrector.

Coriente, although a nice saddle for the money will not work for a high withered TB type. They only come in a single size tree - FQH bars, and this will sit on her withers.
    12-07-2011, 04:22 PM

Wow thanks, that montana is a really nice price.

Would it be eaiser to ask what brands to stay away from?
    12-07-2011, 05:22 PM
It would be easier to know which ones to look at but saddles like the Montana are rare and wouldn't typically be on a list. Just look at the saddles and keep in mind that if the saddle is new and under $500, don't bother.
    12-07-2011, 08:58 PM
Alright, thank you!
    12-07-2011, 09:19 PM
The MacPherson looks like a good saddle. How are you at hefting a 37lb saddle? The model is a Formfitter not a Bear Trap (common mislabel). You do need a pic of the gullet area showing the width of the bars and angle. QH may not be what you need but we can't see your horse. Also get a pic of the fleece.

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