Thank You, Im not into the custom stuff with all the bells and whistles. Im usually the guy that goes tree bustin after the bull so I get my use out of my gear. I looked at the Burns saddles, but they are 12 months out and 2 other were 6 to 8 months out. I can do with Mr. Chavez's lead time as it will be done before I need it can get a few rides in before putting it to work. Thank You Ma'am for you imput, I do appreciate it greatly
You, my friend, need a Marty Byrd
. Marty is an Ada, OK saddle smith, and one of the finest saddle makers you'll ever find. He does everything from pure custom made (right down the the tree being custom fitted) to a more general FQHB, fits all, type saddles.
His saddles are tough, they're handmade, and worth all the money, especially if you're doing ranch work. His saddles are the gospel for all the hard working ranch cowboys I know.
The link isn't to his actual site because Marty is old school. He does have a FB group and his contact information is easily found with a google search. I just included the link for a sampling of his work - those happen to be used cutting saddles made by him.
He actually built a pure custom saddle for my husband's best friend. He ropes. Marty had him bring up the horse, had our friend saddle her, do a little riding in a pen on her, and throw a rope off her.
He took all the information he needed to build a saddle from the tree up.
When our friend picked up his saddle, Marty explained the changes he'd made to the tree to accommodate the horse's shape and how our friend rides and how he throws a rope and what he does with her when they're not roping. It fits them both like a glove. He paid, I think,
$3500.00 for it.
PM me if you want more information on him.
PS: He does make Wade tree saddles. He also makes pulling collars, tripping collars with an integrated wither strap, headstalls... I think he does it all. I KNOW he makes some excellent cantle bags too. I ride with someone who's dad traded three deer rifles and paid Marty a big chunk of cash to have one custom made for his horse. When she's on her dad's horse - that mare has the Marty Byrd on her. It fits her perfectly.