Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saddles, saddles everywhere...

I have too many. We have three horses, and there are 8 saddles taking up space in various corners at the moment, and T still hasn't found one he likes...

But would one more really be so bad?

This weekend we scoped out the saddles available at the local tack place again. T's still looking - he really needs something other than the one he's been using. for both his sake and Rufus's. Trouble is, T needs a 16" seat. And it needs round or at least rounded skirts (short-backed Arab), and a tree that will fit a narrow-ish horse with withers. It's not an easy combination.

The only 16" seats they had are brand new Colorado A-forks. They're gorgeous, of course. And the owners will let him take either of them to trial if we want. The price tag is steep, though, and we haven't checked out the local saddle repair shop yet. The owner's been sick and it's been closed, but her ad's back in the paper so he has an appointment to check things out next week.

My dilemma? Wandering around I fell in lust with a well-used, round-skirted Hereford roping saddle that sat - on the stand at least - like it was made for me. It's a bit dinged here and there, but the tree's solid. I don't really need another saddle... But the price is really good. And if I let T trade a couple of the ones sitting around the house in on his...

I may have to go back and look at it again this weekend. Maybe try a test-ride....

2 comments:

Braymere said...

You can never have too many saddles! I have three in my basement and no horse to wear them... Working on that, though!

That said, it's worth pusuing the Hereford if you really like it. Nothing beats a saddle that fits just right. Better to have one good one than a whole bunch of OK ones...

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

I am always on the lookout for nice, used saddles, that fit me and look like they would fit the average horse well. I just don't think a person can have too many-LOL.

I love the used Hereford All-Around I bought this spring.