Manufacturer: Circle Y (View all products by Circle Y)
Model: Carlsbad Flex LiteTrail Saddle 2376 (View all Carlsbad Flex Lite Trail Saddle 2376 reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I purchased this from Horse saddle shop.com for around $1500 and had to pay import duty and tax, so overall not a cheap saddle. I was looking for a quality product that would also provide comfort and would enable me to continue riding (have bad back and knees.) Making a move from English to Western seemed the perfect solution. I had always wanted a genuine western saddle, and had done a lot of research before settling on Circle Y Brand - the majority of western saddles seen here in UK are just dire - cheap imports mainly from France and eastern Europe.
Likes: Nice tooling, not over the top, as didn't want to look like something from a cowboy film, lots of handy strings and finished in a lovely rich walnut colour. Most important the fenders are soft, preturned and the suede seat is deep and and comfy, better than my mares dressage saddle. I had thought about giving up riding as I'm no spring chicken, but found this saddle just great. Maybe there is hope for us oldies switching from English to Western. Best of all the semi quarter horse bars fits my TB X Irish hunter high withered horse like a dream. She certainly hasn't complained yet.
Dislikes: I was a bit worried about the J rigging and nylon latigo straps as it seemed a bit fiddley but got used to them quickly. Pity it didn't come with a back cinch, as had to buy this separately. The weight of the saddle is the only real downer, I'm 5'7" and slinging a 29lbs saddle on a 16hh horse might become a problem in the future - I might need help at some point.
Quality: The beautiful pre oiled Herman Oak leather screams quality. Excellent construction and well finished, the tooling detail is just lovely. As this will be my only western saddle I assume that its quality will show over time.
Summary: My family, horsey and non-horsey friends have admired this saddle and are genuinely surprised at how beautiful and comfortable a western saddle can be. I would certainly recommend Circle Y to my English horsey friends.
Author: JaneB UK
Usefulness Rating: 3.125 out of 5.
8 reader(s) voted.
Trailwise Endurance Elite Trail Saddles
Shenandoah Trail Saddles
Stonewall Saddle Company Stonewall classic 14 inch Trail Saddles
Fallis Balanced Ride Trail Saddles
Circle Y Trail Gator Endurance Trail Saddles
Simco "Deluxe" trail saddle 8695 Trail Saddles
Circle y Alabama trail gaitor Trail Saddles
Jason McKenzie 1 / Wade saddle Trail Saddles
Huber Training saddle Trail Saddles
Fabtron Easy Rider Trail Trail Saddles
CTK TASO 18 Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Gaited wide tree Trail Saddles
ABETTA TRINITY SERENITY SYNTHETIC ENDURANCE SADDLE Trail Saddles
Wyoming Saddlery 16" Draft Custom Trail Saddles
DIXIELAND GAITED SADDLE Butterfly Skirt Roughout Trail Saddles
J. Stead Saddles.com Rose Wade Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Butterfly Light Rider Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles LIGHT RIDER BUTTERFLY EXTRA WIDE GAITED FIT Trail Saddles
Sycamore Creek Sadles TASO 16 Trail Saddles
Dixieland Saddles Round Skirt Western Trail Trail Saddles