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  1. Dakota Saddles

    I like Dakota saddles. They are a solid, no frills brand. They put their money into what matters (good materials and construction) rather than what doesn't (bells and whistles and fancy finish). So many makers today do the reverse and too many buyers buy sparkle rather than substance.
  2. Help On Saddle

    Okay, who had a Chas Weldon saddle "hanging from ceiling hook by the front cinch ring"?? Someone has some "splaining" to do. I'd let Chas do the repair. You don't want to mess up a saddle of this caliber. There are a lot of folks who would buy that saddle from you once it's repaired.
  3. Would Like Saddle Oppinion

    kitten-kat, When you get the saddle spiffed up, would you submit a photo to our Saddle Gallery? We'd love to have it in our collection. I don't think we currently have a Saddle King from that era. Saddle Gallery:
  4. Blue Jean Dye Rubbed On My Saddle!

    Rough out will darken and change color with use. Ya just have to accept that. It eventually will actually get a bit slick. The only way to keep rough looking pristine is to keep it on your saddle rack ... in other words, don't use it. And that sure ain't any fun. So enjoy your saddle and accept the wear signs as a badge of honor of your hours in the saddle.
  5. Cheap Saddles And Deals Found

    Count me in as another fan of used saddles. So many of the older saddles are soooo much higher quality than most of today's production saddles. And, since I like a little patina on my saddle, I don't get bothered by a blemish or stain on a used saddle. I think of them as a sign of a life well-lived. I actually prefer a saddle that's been broken in with someone else's hind end. I've bought and sold quite a few used western saddles on ebay. If you know what you're looking for you can find some great saddles and some great buys. I bought a fab used McCall Lady Wade off ebay a few years ago that I plan on being buried with!
  6. Attaching A "d" Ring To Saddle

    Listen to Jack. Making these kind of modifications yourself starts out sounding like a good idea but quickly turns into a not so great idea. Leave it to a saddle maker or a saddle repair professional.
  7. The Pains Of Being Short...please Help

    The answer is clear ... cowboy boots. :-p
  8. How Do You Break In Leather Chaps?

    Yep. Miles in and out of the saddle is the only way to break them in right. Adding any oil or conditioner to them before they need conditioning will just make them slimy. Just wear them as much as you can ... riding, barn work, ground work with your horse. They'll get broken in in no time. And, enjoy them. There's nothing like a custom made of chinks. I love mine.
  9. Saddle Blankets

    I don't know where you would have heard that a saddle pad needs to be an inch thick. That is very thick, and could make a saddle very tight on a horse. Actually, the better a saddle fits, the less important the saddle pad is. I have a quality custom saddle that fits my horse very well and I ride with only a wool blanket. So there is not set thickness for a saddle pad. It depends on your saddle and how well it fits your horse. You'll find more explanation on saddle pads here
  10. Did I Make A Good Deal?

    Tex Tan Herefords hold their value. They're well constructed saddles. If this was a small seat (i.e. 12" or 13") that would make it more valuable - as it's hard to find smaller, quality used saddles for kids. A saddle that needs wool replacement, however, will scare off most buyers. I think you're farrier probably got a good bargain, but finding a buyer who would have paid what it's worth and was willing to deal with replacing the wool might have been tough.
  11. What's An A-fork Saddle Tree?

    Hi, everyone, Thought I'd jump in a offer a bit more info. The A-Fork saddle is also known as a Slick Fork. The name refers to the shape of the fork. These saddles have been increasingly popular due to many of the top clinicians riding them, most notably the late Ray Hunt. The most famous slick fork saddle tree type is the Wade tree saddle. You can find more information about A-Fork/Slick Fork and Wade saddles here:
  12. Saddle type differences...

    Not a stupid question at all. Most riders couldn't give you the real distinctions between the western saddle types. Some differences are subtle, some not so subtle. You can find descriptions and photos of the different saddle types here:
  13. Saddle type differences...

    Not a stupid question at all. Most riders couldn't give you the real distinctions between the western saddle types. Some differences are subtle, some not so subtle. You can find descriptions and photos of the different saddle types here:
  14. Goatmom (luv the name), If you don't find any maker's mark or serial number, the saddle is unlikely to be from any of the major manufacturers, so it would be very hard to determine the maker. It looks a lot like a Simco saddle from that period, but a Simco would have a maker's mark, so I don't think it's a Simco. Sorry I can't offer you anything more.
  15. recommend a good bareback pad

    Bareback pads with stirrups are DEFINITELY a safety issue. Puhleeze do not ride with them. Bareback riding (with pad or without) is great for developing your seat and your balance but it is not for beginners. You should be able to comfortably and safely ride without stirrups before you try it. As far as pads, I agree with an earlier poster, the Parelli pad is the absolute best bareback pad on the market. It's also probably the most expensive.