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post #21 of 23 Old 11-13-2018, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by humanartrebel1020 View Post
Really why wouldn't you recommend it??? 100 percent true but its just my opinion whatever she feels it worth her money. There are a lot of plasticy western saddles out there and in my opinion aren't mailable or can be manipulated the way a real leather one can. I wouldn't want to risk leaving my horse with a sore back due to crappy crafting you know? Also depends on what you think your horse would be most comfortable in. It really depends what kind of riding your doing, your own weight as well.
Which is why I say someone starting out should get out and about and get their hands on as many different saddles that they can..

As to Saddles on line....again look at the price, figure out how many hours labour go into a saddle, then the cost of quality materials, then ask yourself, are they really being made in the US, and if so where are they saving their money?

You are quite right, no one wants to hurt their horse, which is why we have to balance so many things while shopping.

Why am I passionate about this? Well 9 years ago or so, I was going through the same learning curve, arguing with people online that surely a new saddle would be better than an old one....Now I know that is a very risky gamble. For a few years I bought and sold old saddles, did them up and sold them. Bought online using what skill I had, then made the best of what arrived...taught me to get my eye in a little better.

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post #22 of 23 Old 11-13-2018, 04:58 PM
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Considering that the cost of the leather alone for a well-made saddle will run at least $500 and likely far higher these days, that should tell you if a new saddle is decent. Add in labor, fittings, tree, sheepskin, and other materials and $1200 is your base cost for even a mass-produced saddle of reasonable quality.

Far better to spend $700 on a 20 or 30 y.o. saddle that will last a lifetime and hold its value if you need to sell it than $600 on a cheap saddle of sub-par leather and a synthetic tree that won't hold up over time, and be worth next to nothing if you have to sell it. These made in Pakistan/India/Mexico saddles should be steered clear of. Some may even look nice, but your horse will know the difference. Once you have handled and ridden in a good saddle with Hermann Oak leather, sheepskin underside, and a good tree you won't ever go back to anything else. A good saddle even smells different than a cheap one.

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post #23 of 23 Old 11-14-2018, 02:54 PM
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Nothing to add about the Tough 1 saddle. It is indeed trash. And yes, once you've handled a good saddle (Not even a super NICE saddle) you'll find the cheap ones to feel gross, fit horribly, and you'll want to set them on fire in the back yard.

Also keep in mind, if wisely bought, a good used saddle, even a mid-range quality, will hold its value, or even sell for MORE than you paid if you take care of it. Make a wise first purchase AFTER you've bought your horse and you can trade up or outright sell it and make money and reinvest it in a nicer saddle, rinse, repeat, until you're up in the really, really nice saddles.

MOST western saddles with FQHB will fit MOST quarter horses just fine.

But get your horse first - because you might find the perfect TWH or Arabian cross and a FQHB saddle won't fit them at all, or they might be a quarter horse that's built like a bulldozer... and you need a wide-tree saddle instead.

Be prepared to not go cheap on the pad either and for the same reason. A good pad is a life saver for you AND your horse, lasts years, and should have decent resale/trade off value if taken care of. You can start with a pro choice or classic equine and work your way up if you feel you need something even better.

I'd say for about $500.00 you could get a good USED set up from an individual and it would last you many long years and still have good trade value and be of good quality.
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