[QUOTE=Bluey;5874754]Two local saddlers have made saddles for most cowboys around here and have made ranch saddles for me many years ago.
Here is one, the other has retired:
We also have some old Ryons saddles from Fort Worth, TX, that are excellent quality and fit very well all around:
If you go with top of the line saddlers, those rarely put out a bad saddle.
If I was looking for a saddle, I would check local saddlers first.
They may have something you can try on your horse and your behind right where you are, no guessing about it.
For reining, I have a Bob’s lady reiner, as those are just right to keep you where you need to be while reining.
Those are also good for any other flat work, not so much for hard outside riding or roping except in a pinch.
I had long ago a very hard to fit arabian ranch horse.
English saddles fit him fine, but the only western saddle that fit him was a medium quality Courts barrel racing saddle, that didn’t have any padding and was hard on the rider’s behind.
Since it was the only one that fitted him, well, the rider just had to endure.
A friend bought it later and it fits her very well, hard seat and all. She is still using it all these years later.
It was a tough saddle, hard work didn’t tear it, but of course you could not do any serious roping with it either.[/QUOTE]
WOW those are pretty saddles! I LOVE the one that pops up when you open the Oliver Saddle Shop especially!
My favorite saddles from the mainstream are Ammerman saddles. I also like the ranch-type Billy Cooks but I do not like their barrel racing models.
Bob Marshall treeless aren’t bad, but I had to stick with short rides in them. They always made my hips sore after a longer ride (or it was fatty Arab’s fault), but I do love being able to feel my horse under my bum! Also great for pole bending and barrel racing for a horse that really turns hard 'cause you aren’t going anywhere in one of those!