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So yesterday when I was out helping my trainer with his equine class, we had pulled a bunch of saddles out ,one of them mine. It was a Circle Y arabian saddle that I got for free because of a little problem. It had a small crack in the tree of the saddle that my trainer and I repaired. Anyway...months later with the class there I looked under the skirt to see the tree was cracking all the way through the seat and everywhere. Now the saddle is worthless, trash and I can no longer ride in it. I only rode it here and there and dont do hard riding. Has anyone had a problem with a tree like this before. I think its a fiberglass tree that was molded in a mold. Now i am looking for a new saddle. I was thinking of a more higher end circle Y. I know the old one was like $500 back then when it was new. Any info would be great.
 

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Well...for the tree to crack originally it either was faulty to start with or someone did a job on it to made it crack!

If you truly like the saddle and it fits the horse, why not just get a price to put a new tree under it?
It would certainly be cheaper than purchasing a new saddle and possibly cheaper than purchasing a second hand quality saddle that is well worn...

Why not contact "Circle Y" and see if they will stand behind their product...you never know till you ask.:think:....

So far the saddle has cost you nothing... a phone call is cheap enough to do.

Good luck.
 

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I would try to contact the maker. If they don't warrantee it, its a loss. Those trees are specially made for that manufacturer, and doubt it can be re-treed. If you do have to buy a new one, I highly recommend staying away from the plastic and fiberglass trees. A fiberglass covered wood tree would work for me, but never a full synthetic tree.
 

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If it was one of the old Flex Trees, they took them off the market because of many, many problems with that tree and came out with a flex2

If the serial number names it as one of those old trees, you might have a chance to get a new tree free, but you may need the original invoice to do that...

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I called them and the saddle is to old. Let alone the cost of getting a new tree and having one put in was well over $1000. The saddle has to have some strange tree or it will not fit. Is what they told me.
 

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I called them and the saddle is to old. Let alone the cost of getting a new tree and having one put in was well over $1000. The saddle has to have some strange tree or it will not fit. Is what they told me.
1,000.00 for a new tree? They are beyond Crazy :wink:

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No kidding. I guess they have to take the whole saddle apart with all the work with putting the leather back on. Let alone the cost of shipping.
 

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I think I would just look for a new saddle (or used if you're on a budget). Having the saddle taken apart and put back together on a new tree isn't cheap, at least around here $1000 sounds about right as a starting place. BUT, we don't have many saddlers in my area so it's either pay $1000+ for the guy down the road or pay a lower price to the folks you have to pay to ship the saddle to.

6 of one and half a dozen of the other LOL.

Just my own personal preference, but I won't ride in a saddle without a rawhide wrapped wood tree. They are heavier, but a good one will last you decades.
 

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Circle Y may have used Ralide trees back then. These are a very durable plastic but a few cracked trees that came into the shop were the result of faulty workmanship. The screw that goes into the tree at the base of the cantle was much too close to the stirrup slot. Like a screw too close to the end of a board which results in splitting. When I called the company who assembled this saddle, the costs to replace the tree was prohibitive. Yet the tree carried a life time replacement. Check to see if the cantle screws caused the problem. I'd appreciate knowing as I'm always telling folks what to look for when buying new or used.
 

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Circle Y may have used Ralide trees back then. These are a very durable plastic but a few cracked trees that came into the shop were the result of faulty workmanship. The screw that goes into the tree at the base of the cantle was much too close to the stirrup slot. Like a screw too close to the end of a board which results in splitting. When I called the company who assembled this saddle, the costs to replace the tree was prohibitive. Yet the tree carried a life time replacement. Check to see if the cantle screws caused the problem. I'd appreciate knowing as I'm always telling folks what to look for when buying new or used.

So, was that a Ralide defect, or did Circle Y just put screws into the tree in the wrong place?
 
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