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chebeau
Jun. 9, 2012, 06:43 PM
Hi,

I have come across a saddle made by American Saddlery that may work for my gelding. I know very little about western saddle brands. All I know is it is made here in Chattanooga where I live. Is this a quality brand or not?
Thanks!

Happy riding,
Jessie & the Stinky Pony aka Bosco

craz4crtrs
Jun. 9, 2012, 11:48 PM
Not junk, but not expensive. How does it fit you and your horse? Are you riding in it 8 hrs a day or just a couple times a week? It may not hold up as well as a high end or it may be great. Big Horn look to be part of the same company and they are midline saddles.

SouthernTrailsGA
Jun. 10, 2012, 08:45 AM
American Saddlery has two steps of quality, basic and good.

As with any of the bigger Companies, a Saddle made 8-10 years ago is probably a little higher quality than the newer ones.

Do you have a Model number of the Saddle you are looking at? or a picture?


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chebeau
Jun. 10, 2012, 10:29 AM
http://www.thecowboyexchange.com/proddetail.php?prod=AS900

Above is the link to the saddle. Part of the reason I am considering it is the fact the tree is the same as the one used in the Abetta.

Thanks!

Happy riding,
Jessie and the Stinky Pony aka Bosco

SouthernTrailsGA
Jun. 10, 2012, 10:56 AM
http://www.thecowboyexchange.com/proddetail.php?prod=AS900

Above is the link to the saddle. Part of the reason I am considering it is the fact the tree is the same as the one used in the Abetta.

Thanks!

Happy riding,
Jessie and the Stinky Pony aka Bosco

That Model is well worth the 525.00 :)

I have seen that one several times as I have been to the American Saddlery manufacturing plant on two occasions, I used to sell them a few years back.


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SouthernTrailsGA
Jun. 10, 2012, 11:11 AM
BTW, it has short skirts which is a plus and it does not weigh 35lbs, if memory serves me correct it is about 28lbs., which can be a benefit too


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Amymcree
Jun. 10, 2012, 11:58 PM
I bought my American Saddlery saddle brand new. The tack shop I bought it from showed me how to oil and condition it since it had a lot of rough leather. I did what they said and it conditioned well. I have owned it 3 years and it has a lot of trail miles on it. Every time I clean it up it looks brand new.

I would say that it is a ' work horse' saddle. Not fancy. Just a stout, decent made saddle.

Amy

HydroPHILE
Jun. 12, 2012, 09:24 AM
I bought my American Saddlery All-American Roper (Rancher?) back in 2003, and I sold it in 2009. It was a great quality saddle. It held up to the rigors of working on a beef cattle farm for two seasons and still looked great when I sold it. Also because of their quality, the value of the saddle held up when I sold it.

I would have kept it had it not been full-QH bars and weighed close to (or over) 50 lbs.

Retail on my saddle was around $1100. Bought it at Hamp's in Alpharetta for $750...sold it for $700 six years later.

dandme
Jun. 20, 2012, 08:43 AM
Just wondering how you liked the saddle? I am new to Western saddles ... it looks as if this would be a good saddle for a shorter backed horse? And he is a little wide...
Thanks!

chebeau
Jun. 21, 2012, 01:36 AM
It is still on my list of saddles to try. I picked a very nice, lightly used Crates barrel style from the 1980s. It has similar measurents to what I need. I try it tomorrow. If it doesn't work I am leaning toward the American Saddlery Arab saddles.