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post #1 of 21 Old 11-14-2019, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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Is hilason worth wasting your time or money on?

I’ve heard good and bad Hilason Saddle & Tack reviews, but I can’t find a lot of reviews on this brand. I had ordered a good looking saddle A week ago or so, it’s nothing super fancy or showy. I paid a decent amount for it, more than I wanted to pay for quality I’m not sure of. After I bought it, I wasn’t sure if that was the smartest thing to do or not, even though I needed a saddle, (I had found a nice used corriente on ebay but after I asked a couple questions and messages the seller they ended the listing, but other than that I wasn’t finding any nicely used saddles that were in good shape or the right size 🏼) so I guess what I want to know is if anybody has had any experience with these saddles or tack personally? do they fit wider horses well and hold up for a while? I ride cause I enjoy horses, and I love doing new things and learning new things. I’m not currently roping or doing a lot of ranch work and all that. I rope and drag logs sometimes for something different and it could come in handy. I am trying to get out there and find good saddles for good prices, I don’t want something beat up and overpriced but some thing as good as new, something with many years left. My budget right now is limited, and if im better off to send this saddle back and get a refund I will do that, or if it’s gonna last a while and not fall apart... Thanks for your replies.... anxious to hear what y’alls experience has been
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Here is a site that people who bought send in reviews of various brands and types of tack in all disciplines...
Good or bad, they are real comments.
Maybe they have some of what you search for...
http://www.horsetackreview.com/produ...rrel%20Saddles

Remember that you can't please everyone all the time, some of the time or ever and then the opposite is also very possible.
You can always get a lemon and or a gold-star product...
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Thanks !! I know, you can’t please everyone..that’s the thing.I’ve heard they’ve upped their game a little in the last several years, I don’t know if it’s true or not but on the saddle I got everything is intact no pieces missing, or d rings falling off. it’s actually good quality leather but nothing absolutely amazing or anything. I’m not sure if I can do some riding in it to see how well it fits my horse or if the saddle stays in one piece lol.i did message the seller to ask about the policy they have. I’m debating whether sending it back and waiting it out for a nice used saddle is a better idea or not.
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The cantle on mine was put on lopsided, the leather is like cardboard and the stain is paint that scrapes off if you look at it funny.
The pommel angle is real wide, so to fit other horses, you would need wedges to adjust it.
The seat is very firm, you don't sink into it like most other treeless, which I love. My guy has a straight back, so no worries about it creasing.
Picture of mine, it's not the "fake me out" wannabe treed looking type nor the overstuffed quilted type.
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post #5 of 21 Old 11-14-2019, 11:33 PM
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No, just.... no. For the same price, you can find something older that is decent. Even a 40 y.o. Simco is a far better saddle.
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Just to clarify- it is not a treeless saddle or a flex tree! I’ve heard pretty much just bad reviews on the treeless.
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post #7 of 21 Old 11-14-2019, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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No, just.... no. For the same price, you can find something older that is decent. Even a 40 y.o. Simco is a far better saddle.
Thanks... believe me if I could have found a nice broke in saddle on eBay her and my size (maybe I’m not searching right, but when I do the ones I find the people never get back to me on some more specs) and not beat up I would have def went with that saddle 🙂
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post #8 of 21 Old 11-15-2019, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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The cantle on mine was put on lopsided, the leather is like cardboard and the stain is paint that scrapes off if you look at it funny.
The pommel angle is real wide, so to fit other horses, you would need wedges to adjust it.
The seat is very firm, you don't sink into it like most other treeless, which I love. My guy has a straight back, so no worries about it creasing.
Picture of mine, it's not the "fake me out" wannabe treed looking type nor the overstuffed quilted type.
Do you ride in it still? Or like it?
It seems their treeless can be a little wonky sometimes, I wouldn’t have went with one of theirs if I was going for a treeless since it seems most the Hilason bad reviews are on those!!! But I’m not seeing much for the other ranch and wade saddles with trees.
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post #9 of 21 Old 11-15-2019, 10:11 AM
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There are tack sale groups on facebook that have good used saddles of all brands at decent prices. I would be hesitant to buy a Hilason if you are looking for a saddle that will last.
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post #10 of 21 Old 11-15-2019, 11:57 AM
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Be aware that a cheap saddle is not only uncomfortable for the rider, but also the horse. A saddle that is uneven or poorly made can ruin a horse's back. If you MUST use a cheapie, spend the money on a quality saddle pad-- you can get away with a mid-grade pad with a good saddle, but a poor saddle needs a top-end pad to give your horse the best chance of remaining comfortable.

A few local gals (teens) bought Hilason/Tough 1 barrel saddles this spring. All three started having problems with their nice horses shortly thereafter. Someone finally clued them in that running barrels in a cheap saddle was the equivalent of asking their horses to run the 100-meter dash in flip-flops. All three horses went back to their usual solid selves when the girls went back to their old saddles. One girl had no choice-- she was rounding the first barrel and the latigo D broke on her saddle. In other fortuitous events, the cheap breastcollar D's also ripped out so the whole works fell cleanly off the horse and she wasn't hurt, but that made the others realize their saddles were not worth the risk.
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