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post #11 of 20 Old 02-26-2009, 09:33 PM
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I have another question, I found this saddle ---> Tackwholesale.com : Quality Tack & Equestrian Supplies : Tahoe Roping Saddle [61-2211]

Do NOT buy that saddle!

You can find a very nice used name brand saddle for what you are willing to pay. The above mentioned ones are great examples.

I have a cordura saddle that I like to throw on once in a while for company, but, as for a main saddle, not so great of a choice.

Maybe check Tack Trader, Ebay, Craigslist etc.
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I got a great deal on my reinsman on ebay but they are few and far between once you sit in one you won't want to ride in any other saddle .. I loved my Billy Cook BUT I had a roper and it kept throwing me out of it LOL

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post #13 of 20 Old 02-27-2009, 09:16 AM
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I got Alamo pleasure saddle 2 years back (was something aroun $700 if not mistaking) and like it (used it trails all last year). Nice looking and very comfy to sit, also fit my both horses - wide qh and tb-type paint with high withers. I also like Textan and Bill Cook (Circle Y not so much price vs quality).

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post #14 of 20 Old 02-27-2009, 11:22 AM
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I have a Fabtron synthetic saddle. I just LOVE that saddle. It's light weight but still has a leather cantle, seat, pommel, horn and jockey, the fenders and skirt are synthetic.

I bought it used and got it for a song, the people didn't realize what they go for new. hee hee yea me!

It's light weight and takes wear and tear like a good ol' leather one would.

Its a snap to clean and it has proven to be very comfy.

Here is a web site about western saddles, it will help you figure out just about everything you need to know about a western saddle. I agree with Iridehorses about his choices in saddles any of those brands would be great.
Saddle Fit: A Guide to a Happy Horse and Rider

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post #15 of 20 Old 02-27-2009, 02:25 PM
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I got my saddle from Southern Trails Saddle, they have their own brand which are very nice and a good price and they also have Big Horn, Abetta, Fabtron, American, some English Brand and a lot more I cannot remember.

link: Western Saddles, Trail Saddles, Wade Saddles, Ranch Saddles

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post #16 of 20 Old 02-27-2009, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco View Post
If your wanting to trail ride, I would suggest an endurance type saddle without a horn. If your going to be riding on steep terrain the horn has a tendency to get in the way. You don't really need one when trail riding except to hang stuff on anyway. Most endurance saddles have a nice pommel to grab onto (which you should use instead of the horn anyway) and they usually have comfy seats for the long ride. If I had to buy another saddle I would look into a Tucker endurance model Tucker Saddles - Trail saddles and Bridle Supplies.
They are expensive, so look for a used one. There are a lot of Tucker knock offs I would stay clear of.
I agree with Vida, so much so that I have a Gen II Endurance saddle by Tucker. Both my horses love it, and so do I and it's only 22 lbs and very good quality leather. They have a wonderful program where you can try a demo saddle to see if you like it too.
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post #17 of 20 Old 02-28-2009, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, that information is so helpful! Those Fabtron saddles look nice. I kind of want a saddle that I can take my horse through a creek or into the ocean and not worry too much about ruining the leather. My horses (paint, appaloosa, QH) take a wide to medium wide tree in english. The QH fits in a medium tree Kieffer saddle. As far as saddle tree size goes, would I be looking for full quarter horse bars?

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post #18 of 20 Old 02-28-2009, 03:56 PM
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Cherriebark, this is where the hard part comes in. Not all western saddle are made the same, kinda like womens' pants there is no universal sizing.

I would look around in your area for a tack shop that does "complimentary saddle fitting" You don't HAVE to buy to get a good fit. Makers usually stick to the same tree but the trees vary by makers. Sooo.. IF you like Fabtron, go try on a few and then you can check out some other synthetics and leathers while you're there too. Take your time and be picky, after all, you loaded up your horses and took them to the shop!!!! Make it worth your while.

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post #19 of 20 Old 02-28-2009, 04:43 PM
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Since the question of "what size do I use for my horse" comes up regularly, I made the following instructions:

Go to the hardware store and get about 4’ of 12 or 14 gauge house wire (the kind electricians use to wire a house) and cut it in half. This was written for Western saddles but the principle is the same for English or Australian.

Take 2’ and shape it over your horse’s withers. Take the other 2’ and shape it over the center of his back.

Carefully take the wires and trace the inside of the wire on a heavy piece of cardboard (or poster board if you have it). Cut out the cardboard shapes and take them to the saddle shop to fit against some saddles.

This part is Western: Keep in mind that QH bars in one saddle may not be the same in another brand. There are no standards for saddle trees so each manufacturer has his own idea what dimensions make the designations.

As for you, your bum should not be squished against the cantle, it should have a little room at the top and there should be about 4" of space between your tummy and the swell.

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post #20 of 20 Old 03-05-2009, 12:47 AM
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I ride in a Ozark Saddle King Barrel Racer that's about 10 years old, and I completely love it. They're based in Waco, Texas, and they make top notch saddles.

The truth about western saddles is a sad one - you really can't spend less than 4 or 5 hundred dollars from something -decent-, and if it wasn't made here, pretend like it doesn't exist. Imported saddles are DANGEROUS - trees break, leather tears, hardware snaps - avoid them like the plague.

If you want to buy used (which I suggest you do - western saddles can be hard to break in), go with a Circle Y Park & Trail, an Ozark Saddle King (which you probably won't find used - people don't sell 'em once they buy 'em), an older Simco, or TexTan.

Regarding a roping saddle as a pleasure saddle - I say no. Ropers are HEAVY, rawhide wrapped wood trees usually. I'd go with a barrel saddle - they have deep seats you can really sit back in them, they're lightweight (mine is 22 lbs!), and you can get them in both full quarter horse bars and semi quarter horse bars. Also, consider a saddle made for the trails. :]

One other brand to check out is Rider's Choice. They sell via ebay, and they are of excellent quality. They are made in Alabama, and they last forever, are super comfortable, and great quality.

Make sure you know how to fit a western saddle too - they're a lot heavier and can cause more damage than an ill-fitting english saddle.

Best of luck to you!
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