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  1. #1
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    Default Saddle

    My horse was a little under weight when I got him a saddle which now severly pinches him. When I got it the sadde pinched him a litle but its all I had and I wasn't a very informed horse owner (my trainer did bother with saddle fitting so I didn't no it matterd til later). I have an english saddle that fits perfect but he is still in training and is a very forward horse so I am only training in a western saddle so I have a better seat and a horn for emergency and as a tool. For the time being I have stopped riding until I get him a saddle that fits.

    Any way now that you know the life history of my saddle :P heres my question, what is your favorite brand or a brand that is no good? I'm and looking for a wide tree, leather that will be durable but not crazy expensive, it is just for training and mybe a few speed events. I am planning on having him fitted but I want a few brands in mind and a few brands that I know to stay away from because they arn't durable. Thanks!



  2. #2
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    How much do you want to spend?



  3. #3
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    I was hoping to not go over 500



  4. #4
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    Older Circle Y, Billy Cook, Tex Tans should be just fine. And doable at $500. Older saddles were better made with a better quality leather and many times real fleece on the underside.



  5. #5
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    I saw a 1980 Circle Y trophy barrel saddle in an antique store yesterday in really good condition. I didnt buy it but 6 months ago I would have. Keep an eye out for a trophy saddle, it could be a great deal.


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  6. #6
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    I wouldn't do an older saddle if you're looking for a wide tree. It's a shame b/c the older saddles are a much better quality but most of them are on a semi-qh tree.

    Most wide trees in that price range aren't going to be the highest quality but they can work quite well.

    tacktrader.com or horsesaddleshop will give you a broad spectrum of things to think about.



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