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Paragon Endurance Saddles?

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  • Paragon Endurance Saddles?

    I was looking at Endurance Saddles today and saw one brand, Paragon, which I've never heard of.

    It was used and priced at $235.

    Too good to be true?

    Has anyone ever heard of this brand?

    MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

  • #2
    Everywhere I look it seems the New Ones are no longer sold, I have seen used ones that sold for 152.00, 169.00, 150.00, 200.00 etc.

    Must be a reason they took them off the Market, I would a little leery of this type of Saddle that when it was New sold for 400.00



    • Original Poster

      Originally posted by SouthernTrailsGA View Post
      Everywhere I look it seems the New Ones are no longer sold, I have seen used ones that sold for 152.00, 169.00, 150.00, 200.00 etc.

      Must be a reason they took them off the Market, I would a little leery of this type of Saddle that when it was New sold for 400.00

      Ah.... I knew it sounded too good to be true. Thank you for the information, as I do not know much at all about Endurance Saddles.

      Any brands you would recommend?

      I'd like to a used reputable saddle, but again, don't know much about Endurance brands. Thank you.
      MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


      • #4
        Paragon saddles

        I have one sitting in my garage; actually, it looks very comfy for both horse and rider, assuming it fit your horse. They're made of Indian leather, which is of course frowned upon; I think that's why they're inexpensive. This one is just as heavy, if not a few pounds heavier, than my AP Stubben, which is why it's sitting in my garage; I bought it (used) as a potentially lighter-weight-for-my-horse trail saddle, but since it's so heavy, there's no point. I have been meaning to sell it as soon as I take pictures and post them on craigslist or ebay. To my uneducated eyes/hands, the saddle looks and feels as comfortable as one made of more expensive leather, and the stitching, etc. looks fine to me. If it were a lighter-weight saddle, or if I were a lighter-weight person, or my horse were a beefier type than she is, I don't think I'd have any issues with it.


        • Original Poster

          Thanks Sharon - But my POA is 13.1 hands. Stocky and well built, but I too am looking for something light weight.

          I'm turning more toward the synthetic Aussie saddles now.
          MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


          • #6
            If you want lightweight then a synthetic saddle may be a good way to go but there are leather saddles that don't weigh anymore. The two biggest issues for you IMO are saddle length and saddle fit. Short horses have short backs in most cases. Their short backs have the rise into the loins further forward. So many treed saddles unless quite short in length just don't fit their backs at all. This is why small kids saddles fit those short backs best.

            Another possible option would be a short treeless saddle, like the Sensation. It will bend enough to follow that rise into the loins, will flex to follow the shape of withers and back.

            One way that you can use a slightly too long saddle on a short back is to use a pad with thick foam inserts then trim the inserts so they taper gradually toward the cantle end. this allows the saddle to sit level even theough the back rises gradually into the loin area. I've been doing this with my Skito pads for years because one of my horses, 14.3 hands, has a short back and high butt. Customizing foam inserts allow the rider to essentially adjust their saddle fit themselves.

            Bonnie S.