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post #1 of 6 Old 07-08-2020, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Dodge has lost a lot of weight with the low starch hay he's been on over the past 6 months. The typical cresty neck and fatty shoulders stuff is now gone!

I noticed today that the Abetta wide tree saddle I had been using before he lost the weight no longer fits.
It's not too bad, but it's too tight near the gullet channel and slopes away.
The gullet width it's self isn't wrong, but the bars are too wide.

I'm considering a different western saddle for him and was wondering if anyone has upgrade ideas. I think I would prefer leather and used, maybe $500 or less.

Could I find a decent Circle Y for this price?

I also love crates but I don't know that they would fit him as the ones I've used before have tended to run a little on the narrow side. He's still wide across his spine but now his shoulders slope more without all the fat.

Looking forward to suggestions as my western saddle knowledge is limited.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-08-2020, 02:24 PM
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A used Circle Y for $500, absolutely.
Add Tex Tan, Blue Ridge, American, Tucker, Simco, Buffalo, Big Horn and a host of other brands that my mind just went blank on...even some Billy Cooks but they would be harder to find in that price range.

I admit to being a leather snob, I prefer it over synthetic, period .
Most comfortable synthetic I ever sat on was a Abetta though...hands down over other synthetic brands.
I would not not look at a saddle because it was {past tense} a issue before cause now you don't have the same issues, instead you have new fitting dilemmas to work though.
Look for a name brand or at least a American made saddle.
There are many fine craftsman, small businesses that turn out incredible saddles for a fraction of the price, just a local name known and that = savings in price but exceptional quality oftentimes.
If a wide is now to wide in tree, then measure carefully the width and when searching take along that tape measure and measure to start to see if you have a chance or fit or move-on...
You know your horse and with that can see how some saddles will fit or not just be looking at it..

Enjoy the search for the perfect saddle for the horse and you, the rider.
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-08-2020, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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I was looking at the bighorns too, and they seem a couple hundred less on average used than circle y, and then even simco is cheaper than both right now.

Is it worth the price difference of around $200 to go from simco or bighorn to circle y?
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-08-2020, 10:02 PM
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If they are older saddles they are more quality made...
I don't so much go with this brand costs more, this is cheaper...think any will be pretty close in pricing.

I would go with which saddle fits the horse the best and then look at the price.
You have a budget to stick to and that is fine, then though not look so much at the name as the fit and quality of said saddle regardless of the name it may have.
I happen to have a Circle Y because it fit the best 2 of my horses who ride most with this saddle...but I looked at many brands to find what was right for my guys.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-11-2020, 12:14 PM
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If you can find a Dakota, I've been pretty happy with mine, as well as my Longhorn Billy Cook and my Hess & Hopkins (which is ancient).
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-12-2020, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for that!

I'm leaning toward buying online so I may not have as much options for trials. I figured shopping within a brand might be better for that.

The nearest used saddle shop is an hour + away, but I could see what they have on hand if they have a few good options it might be worth the drive.

Hard to know if that's worth the effort or if I'm better taking an educated gamble online.
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