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Info On Dunn's Plantation Saddle

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I've got a Dunn's Genuine Plantation Walking Saddle that I bought a few years ago used. Does anyone know anything about the maker of this saddle? I've googled the name and came up with nada. No numbers on the saddle. Taking it in for repairs and just wanted a little history on the saddle. Thanks in advance!

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The only Dunns listed in my saddle makers reference were from about a hundred years ago.

There is a Bob Dunn who does custom leather work in Basalt, Colorado. He began in 1988, and started making gun leather in 1991. He mkes 1800's reproductions and also other custom leatherwork.

Sorry I couldn't help any further.

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I have 2 Dunn's Genuine Plantation Walking Saddles. I am preparing them to sell and was looking for information on them. Can't use them anymore- too old.

I bought the first one of these saddles about 30 years ago in Oklahoma City from a used saddle dealer.

The other was bought about 25 years ago by a friend of mine at a Dallas horse and tack auction. When he got out of horses I bought it from him for my wife.

I have seen and used all kinds and brands of plantation saddles on walking horses and none can compare to the Dunn saddle for construction quality or comfort and usability.

The most important difference in the Dunn's is the length and angle of the bars. If you look at others the bars are too short and at too steep an angle.

Also, the fenders are made on the saddle, not attached to the stirrup leathers. They are also long enough so that they protect your legs from the horses sweat.

A few years ago you could still buy this saddle through a field trial catalog. Am still looking for current info.

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Nice to know there are others out there who have heard of the saddle. Still haven't found anything on the maker. Going to take mine to the Amish for repairs and hold on to it for now. Thanks for the story behind your saddles!

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Nice to know there are others out there who have heard of the saddle. Still haven't found anything on the maker. Going to take mine to the Amish for repairs and hold on to it for now. Thanks for the story behind your saddles!

These saddles were made by Wilson Dunn in grand junction tenn in the 60's and 70's

He made these saddles for field trailers they were cop pied after the canaden trooper saddles

Trooper Saddle History

www.tarpinhill.net/history/dunn.htm

Edited by pawnansell

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I started riding the Dunns Saddles as a teen guiding quail hunts off horseback (still ride and hunt today).... I have several and will buy as many as i can find provided they are in good shape and the price is right... No Buena Vista style clones please. Wilson Dunn did it right... Email if you have any for sale...

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Over the years I was able to visit Dunn's Sporting Goods in Grand Junction, Tennessee numerous times.  At the time, I had some Brittanys that I was running in field trials, so a trip to Dunn's made me kind of feel like a kid in a candy store.  If you wanted something for a bird dog, field trials, or hunting apparel, the odds were that you would find it in the store.  Wilson Dunn ended up selling the business to a larger organization that discontinued the retail store and sold some of the merchandise on a mail order basis for a short time as I recall.  The last time I was in Grand Junction, Mr. Dunn had started another business - apparently after a non-compete had run out - and I visited with him at his new location, that was considerably smaller than his original store.  At that time, the Bird Dog Museum was in operation and it was obvious that Mr. Dunn was proud of that also. 

I ended up acquiring a Dunn's Plantation Saddle from a "horse trader" when I bought my first Tennessee Walking Horse.  I also have a Buena Vista saddle that has similar styling to the Dunn's - i.e. suspended seat, leather fenders, etc., however the Dunn's saddle feels like it weighs about twice the Buena Vista.  Obviously there's a lot more leather in the saddles that Wilson Dunn put together. 

There were actually two different versions of Dunn's Plantation Saddle.  One was sized for a person up to about 225 pounds (or maybe it was 250#) and the other was for someone larger.  The one that I have is the standard size.

Although I am no longer involved with bird dogs or horses, I still have the saddles, Tucker halter-bridles, and other "odds and ends" that I'm going to be selling.  Due to the quality and comfort of the Dunn's saddle, I've thought about keeping it, but will probably end up selling it since we are in the process of moving.

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