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I'm looking for reviews and opinions on both Dakota and Corriente saddles. I am hoping to get one in the next few months and can't decide between the two. I am looking for a saddle I can do a little bit of everything. Trail riding, trail class competition, minor barrel racing etc. If I were to go with the Dakota I am looking more towards the Dakota Trail 213, with the Corriente I am looking at either a Trail style or a reining style. I am open to suggestions on a type of saddle as well, my research has put me at either a reining or trail saddle. Thanks!
 

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I have never had any dealings with the Dakota saddles. Corrientes? A lot of dealings with them. I think if you're buying new, they're a best bang for the buck. They also seem to hold their value - a used one locally usually runs only 100-200 or so less than a brand new one. Downside is most people will come up with 100-200 to buy a new one in a specific type and tooling they love, rather than buy a used one. So there's pros and cons there.


I've taken apart a few Corrientes to clean and refurb... I like them. I wasn't sure at first, but over the last couple of years, they've won me over.



One word of caution - their trees are somewhat wide. If you have a big ol' quarter horse, you're golden. If you have something less 'cowboy' like a TWH, or an Arabian, or like me, a mutt that's maybe Spotted Saddle horse and Mustang, their saddles are going to be too wide up front and they don't offer a narrower tree. They DO have several variations on trees (Association trees). I understand they are very helpful on getting you a saddle that fits your horse if you'll call them ask for their recommendations with regard to your horse.
 
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Thanks so much! My horse is a mutt as well but very wide. Best guesses I've gotten have been morgan and/or rocky mountain horse. Both make sense I can see a little of each either way she is 14.3 hands and quite wide. I will have to contact them and see what their recommendation is.
 

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I have a Dakota barrel saddle and love it! I think they're very well made for the money. I have no experience with Corrientes but have heard good things about them.
 

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I'm always interested in what people have to say about different saddle brands and when I get another horse I'd also sort of want to do a little bit of everything as well (everything seems so fun and interesting and no matter what I do I also want to be able to trail ride but I don't have the money to buy a different saddle for ten different disciplines...alas). I'm also interested in hearing about different brands that aren't the most well known ones because those seem over-hyped and over priced for the actual quality you're getting.


Looking at their website their saddles seem pretty high quality for the price they're asking. I'm surprised and curious to learn more about them if there's anything more to know.
 

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I'm always interested in what people have to say about different saddle brands and when I get another horse I'd also sort of want to do a little bit of everything as well (everything seems so fun and interesting and no matter what I do I also want to be able to trail ride but I don't have the money to buy a different saddle for ten different disciplines...alas). I'm also interested in hearing about different brands that aren't the most well known ones because those seem over-hyped and over priced for the actual quality you're getting.


Looking at their website their saddles seem pretty high quality for the price they're asking. I'm surprised and curious to learn more about them if there's anything more to know.

Greenville made Billy Cook Saddles - they're... okay. They're a Saddlemith made saddle, not a true Billy Cook and are assembly line saddles. I feel like they're talked up a lot and the quality just isn't as great as the reputation suggests. My personal preference are the Sulphur Oklahoma made Billy Cook saddles... Billy actually still owned the Oklahoma saddlery until his death last year. I'm sure his were production saddles too, but having had the two side by side, the Oklahoma saddle was the superior made saddle in terms of leather, stitching, and overall quality - and I think they're priced, new, at about the same price point.


I've been told by someone in the industry that Jeff Smith saddles may look good and bring a high resale because they're trendy right now but that "That boy uses the sorriest trees". They're not worth the money they're bringing. That might have changed in the last two years, but two years ago, this person had two in his shop to be repaired with trees broken at the swells. I am not naming names, but if I did, you'd immediately recognize it.
 

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I saw a lot...and I mean a lot of Jeff Smith saddles in the used sections of a few different sites...most of them looking pretty new and that made me suspicious. The good saddles people generally tend to hoard even if they aren't riding in them and only part with them if they need the money and are cleaning out their tack room or aren't riding anymore at all--so they can be hard to find in used listings and when they are listed they're not there for long. I know if I had a really good quality saddle I wouldn't part with it even if it didn't fit my current horse, it might fit another one down the road, and a really good saddle can be a treasure.


(As it is the only saddle I do have is an ancient pleasure/show saddle that I should probably clean and condition some time soon to keep it in shape).
 
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