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What type of western saddle puts you in a decent "classical" position?

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    05-10-2013, 02:10 PM
For excellent positioning, I would encourage you to take a look at the saddles made by Bob Beecher in Pagosa Springs, CO. Here is a link to their business. Terri Beecher is an absolute gem to answer all your questions.
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    05-10-2013, 04:19 PM
Sorry, forgot the link. Here it is - Out West Saddlery: Welcome!
Bob Beecher is the saddle maker.
    05-11-2013, 12:42 AM
Thanks cpr!

Has anyone ridden a Rocking R barrel saddle?
    05-11-2013, 04:06 PM
There is really no such thing. Saddles in western are made to fit the needs of a given discipline. If you are reining you need a saddle that will put you into the correct position to cue and ride the maneuvers. Same with Cutting and Ropeing and so on. Although some times at lower levels you can use a saddle from on discipline to show in anouther but it is not the best.

So what you want to look for if you are not looking for a saddle for a given discipline then you just need to find one that you are compy riding in.
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    05-11-2013, 06:19 PM
I have a rocking r roping saddle. I like it alot and have had it for years. The problem is its semi quarter horse bars and doesn't fit my horses well. Quality wise it is really nice. I also have a wade tree saddle that I love. Very comfortable It's a ranch saddle so I figure I can pretty much do alittle of everything in that saddle.
    05-11-2013, 06:22 PM
Originally Posted by cpr saves    
For excellent positioning, I would encourage you to take a look at the saddles made by Bob Beecher in Pagosa Springs, CO. Here is a link to their business. Terri Beecher is an absolute gem to answer all your questions.
I've seen this site before. I really like the old timey look of these saddles. I'm not sure I can talk my wife into another saddle though.
    05-11-2013, 06:56 PM
I'm sort of in the same boat. My eyes are bigger than my budget. BUT, I figure I will be reselling when I'm done riding. Bob's saddles hold their value and are made of such a high quality, that if they are well cared for, they last for years and years.

In my rationalization (highly tuned skills in this area), I can justify the initial expense knowing that the resale value will leave me with the real "cost" of riding in such a well made saddle, to be hardly anything more than had I purchased a lesser quality saddle initially that has virtually no resale value used.

Also, my strategy is to first, do the fitting part to identify which tree would be best suited to my horse (and me). Then if I can find the appropirately sized used saddle, that would be fantastic!

Good luck in your quest. If you ever need any rationalization ideas, just let me know. I can almost always come up with something plausible!
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    05-12-2013, 12:21 AM
It may be pretty tough to come up with something for me. I have a 3 year old wade tree saddle, a roper and oh ya a 2 year old daughter and one on the way in July. Spending right now is pretty much nonexistent for awhile.
I do however like how you think. I am big on buying quality. In the long run a little more up front is worth it to me.
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    05-12-2013, 12:52 AM
Here is a site that explains the various western saddle styles that might help
Different Western Saddle Types
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    05-12-2013, 10:20 PM
Ok, Fort, you're going to like this. . . (maybe)

You start socking away a little bit here and there in a jar somewhere in your closet or a corner in the barn. Before you know it, you've got a nice chunk to put towards a high quality saddle. If you have a frequent flyer miles earning credit card, you might decide to use that for the balance.

Not now, mind you, but a year or two down the road. You have to have a chance to save up the bulk of the price tag.

Keep in mind that the saddle will not only serve you, but TWO children coming up behind you as well!! It will become a way to teach them to take care of something so it is still in pristine condition to be handed down. It can be considered an honor to be the recipient of the family heirloom and you can even have a Passing of the Saddle Ceremony to mark the occasion.

Whatever you do, don't raid the piggy bank!

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