Manufacturer: Tex Tan (View all products by Tex Tan)
Model: Imperial (View all Imperial reviews)
Category: Show Saddles
Purchase: I bought this show saddle used. I needed it to show western pleasure. According to the previous owner, it had only been used a few times. I found the saddle off of craigslist and picked it up myself, not through shipping. The owner gave me a discount for the saddle, so I paid around $1300.
Likes: I love how much silver is on the saddle. It looks amazing from a distance. It's very eye catching. My sister and I did a saddle fit test, and it definitely fits my mare about perfect. She has moderate to high whithers. I also like the leather on this saddle. Its good looking and it doesn't look tacky. The price was also good for the saddle. I felt like a lot of saddles out there cost a lot, but don't have very much silver or look tacky. This saddle was relatively cheap for a saddle, it's a good brand, and it looks great.
Dislikes: The owner wasn't being very specific about how often the saddle was used, so maybe it was used more than she let on. But the silver is starting to tarnish already. Up close and in full sunlight you can really tell.
Quality: I found in some places the silver seems to be popping up a bit. Maybe it's not all together secure. I also found a staple coming out from the latigo carrier. Its hidden by the seat jockey, but it still makes me nervous. Although, my dad also told me it could easily be pressed back into the leather. I haven't tried this yet. I also don't like how you can see a lot of screws along the back of the cantle. I suppose this can't be helped too much. But it is still annoying.
Summary: I have yet to show in this saddle, but from my ride, I can tell it's a good saddle. It isn't the best saddle out there, however. But for my budget and needs it suits well. You pay for what you get. It isn't a Dale Chavez, but it's far from a no-brand. The problem areas are the silver and staples/screws. It's super flashy though. There are both positives and negatives.
Usefulness Rating: 3.25 out of 5.
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