OMG ... please dont tell me that is what Parade Saddles have evolved into!
As a child my Dad had me showing a Parade Pony (early 70's) she was a GREAT way to learn to sit a trot when I chose to follow another venue. OMG, that is just ICK!!!
"Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter, it gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark"
I sent the link to my friend and she immediately replied, "Liberace!"
He might have loved them...except that he did have better taste. The costumes in the now-closed museum were lavish, but not appalling. Of course that was before the inventing of the Be-Dazzler.
And I wonder if these jewels or sequins or whatever they are get hot in the sun, or leave imprints on your rump. Roy Rogers had a plastic red, white and blue saddle that was uncomfortably hot to ride in the summer.
“Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar.”
For all the jokes: those are not "Bedazzled." In fact I'm tempted to contact the seller and find out what adhesive s/he uses. Flatback rhinestones are usually glued on. Individually. (If you want them to STAY on, with especially toxic chemicals like E6000.) They're leaded crystal (the arguably best are Swarovski, but there's a company doing Czehk machine-cuts that are almost as good now). They would probably poke your butt, unless they're VERY small and packed very closely together.
They do make hot-fix stones, but I don't think that would work on saddle leather, and some of the biggest stones are sewn on, but same problem--I don't think you can do that on leather tack.
If I'm seein' right, the saddles themselves are the cheapies that you can buy for a couple hundred or less at an auction. Then, it looks like, the seller put all the gems and glitter on. I'd say that's where the price comes from. It' ain't the saddle proper.
But, hey, I'm a capitalist and if he/she can sell them and make a few bucks, go for it!
I have bought silver mounted parade tack from this gal before. She makes those saddle 100% by hand. While they are not my idea of a parade saddle, they sure are a art form of their own. They kinda remind me of the old Sioux beaded saddles.