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post #1 of 13 Old 11-24-2008, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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need advice on saddles

I just got a Dakota brand barrel saddle that I was told was a good brand name. I personally have never heard of it but am not a huge western rider! I know some of the big name brands, just not this one.Anyone familiar with this brand?
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-24-2008, 02:28 PM
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Never heard of it...but if it fits you and your horse and you like it then saddles are always nice. The last saddle i got was a custom built cutting saddle built by a guy in Merrit, BC. Its amazing! my cutting horse is 15.3 hands which is big for a cutting my only regret with the saddle is its weight...some times it gets hard to put the big cutting saddle on a some what big horse...i love my Billy cook barrel saddle. i ride in it more than i ride in my cutting saddle. Its broke in just perfect right now and i really coudl get away with using it at cuttings but i dont bother...LOVE THE BARREL SADDLES!
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-24-2008, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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This is the first barrel saddle I have owned and I haven't gotten to ride in it yet bc it's raining here. The saddle isn't brand new it's already been broken in it actually belonged to one of my good friend, who loved it and was reluctant to get rid of it but she is due to have a baby soon (her first) and needed the cash worse than the saddleso I hope I am as happy as she was with it.
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-24-2008, 04:44 PM
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Dakota is an excellent brand for the money. I've had several custom made saddles over the years but I just bought a new Dakota a few months back and I'm very pleased with it. It's US made and they use top notch leather on their trees.

If you go to the pictures with my horses, you will see Bobo in my Dakota.

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post #5 of 13 Old 12-01-2008, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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bumping this up
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post #6 of 13 Old 12-02-2008, 04:46 PM
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A friend has a Dakota roping saddle. She got it second hand and she likes it alot.
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post #7 of 13 Old 12-02-2008, 05:18 PM Thread Starter
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I have only ridden in mine once now but so far I like it
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post #8 of 13 Old 12-02-2008, 06:23 PM
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Dakota saddle are good american made saddles. They last and are durable, comfortable and have heard they fit well.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-02-2008, 07:01 PM
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I have. Dakotas are decent mid-grade American made saddles, just below Circle Y and Textan in quality. They are worth buying, if you can find one used for a good price. They go for $500-800 new.
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post #10 of 13 Old 12-03-2008, 09:03 AM Thread Starter
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The one I have is used but in very good condition, I gave her 250.00 for it. so sounds like I got a good deal then. thanks
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