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?
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.
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.
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.
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Originally Posted by talkofthetown
As in, the majikal butterfly-fahting gypsy vanners.
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.