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post #11 of 17 Old 03-08-2009, 01:54 PM
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I know that good saddles are hard to afford, but I would really wait if you cant afford one now and invest in a good one. You dont want to buy a cheap one now and then have that one fall apart in a couple years and then have to go back out and buy another one. I would highly recommend circle Y, Billy Cook, or Herford. Circle Y's are wonderful. They are high quality and last forever. My circle Y has been put on wild horses and thrown on the ground and everything you can imagine and its still in absolutly wonderful shape. They are typically pretty light also. Mine is a barrel saddle (which typically run higher in price) and I paid $2,200 for it new. It was an investment well made though because I will have that saddle forever. And a used, regular (not barrel) saddle will run you a cheaper price. So, if you can wait, I would save me money and invest in a good saddle instead of buying a cheap saddle and having to replace it in a few years.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-08-2009, 09:06 PM
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I love Billy Cooks, and Circle Ys for well known, mass produced saddles. Both high quality and comfortable. Im not impressed with Big Horn, not quite as nice or well made.

I own a Billy Cook, Jim Taylor, and a McPherson and love them all.
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post #13 of 17 Old 03-09-2009, 12:29 PM
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I really like the Circle Y saddles. They are a good mid-grade saddle. Very comfortable for horse and rider.
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post #14 of 17 Old 03-09-2009, 12:47 PM
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I like Billy Cook saddles a lot! I was just starting on saving for one when I came across a used Simco my boss had for sale. It's 20 some odd years old and still in better condition than most of the brand new saddles I've seen around the barn because my boss took great care of it after he bought it new. And it cost less than a quarter of what the Billy Cook I want costs new. I got lucky with my saddle...definitely look for a used saddle!

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post #15 of 17 Old 03-09-2009, 09:36 PM
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The absolute BEST saddle i've came across: Buffalo saddle.

Deluxe Trail Saddle 16 Inch

Chisholm Trail Saddle

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post #16 of 17 Old 03-10-2009, 10:33 AM
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Ditto a used saddle. And buy a well known brand. Should get years of use out of it and if you take good care of it, excellent resale. I've rode in a Big Horn (limited edition show saddle - not an entry level saddle - no idea what there other saddles are like, but I love mine), circle Y, and hereford. I love my old circle Y saddle that I use for training, but I don't particularly care for my mom's circle Y show saddle - the silver is cheap. Yet my sister's circle Y show saddle is awesome - no idea why the difference - must be a price level thing. My mom used to own a hereford - awesome. You can find all the brands on ebay used for less the $500 for some great looking saddles and then you don't have to break them in (unless the saddle is particularly nice, new leather is no fun).
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-10-2009, 10:55 AM
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We own Billy Cook, Simco, Tesky, Big Horn and a Tex Tan/Hereford.

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