Manufacturer: J.C. Martin Saddle Co (View all products by JC Martin Saddlery)
Model: CTS-80 Cutting Saddle (View all CTS-80 Cutting Saddle reviews)
Category: Reining Saddles
Purchase: I found out about J.C. Martin Saddle Co. when looking at used saddles on Ebay. I checked out J.C. Martin's website and saw this cutting saddle. I am interested in doing cutting, so after thinking a while I called J.C. Martin to ask a few questions and decided to buy the saddle. I bought it for $750 on sale( Regular price was $1150, I think) and I think it was a great deal.
Likes: I have ridden in this saddle about 30+ times and I think this saddle is very comfortable, is like my portable home. It is well made for the price, I like the tooled design and the red/brown color. This saddle has fit very nicely on all of the horses I have tried it on: 2 Quarter Horse mare and a Paint/Quarter Horse filly. I bought it for the filly and I really like how the color goes with her chestnut spots. When I called J.C. Martin, I actually got to talk to the manager. The customer service was very nice. All in all I am very happy with this saddle.
Dislikes: My main dislike is the weight, it weighs about 30 pounds. Really not bad for a Western saddle, but I thought it would be lighter when I bought it.
Quality: Mostly because of the saddle's price I was concerned that it would be junk, but I was very happy to see that the saddle was well made. I am very picky about saddle, it is not a $3500 costume wade( I love wades, just not their weight!), but it is a very nice cutting saddle. All of the hardware is Stainless Steel, the tree is solid, the sticking is neat and the fleece is nice and thick. The tree is fiberglass over pine. The fenders are thinner, so you have nice close contact with the horse. In reviews for J.C. Martin saddles, I saw that many people said that the saddle's seat was shaped wrong, I do not know what they were talking about, its very comfortable. I also saw in review that there were complaints about the leather finish, that is made it so that the leather could not be oiled. I have not had any problem with this as I saw on J.C. Martin's website that I was only suppose to oil the underside of the leather and this has worked very well for me. One of my questions I asked J.C. Martin, was can I do roping with this saddle? They said I could probably rope calves with it, but not big steers. Now that I have the saddle, I agree. The horn is very small, like must cutting saddles and it is just not built for roping big steers. I did lead a tame cow from the saddle and that worked fine.
Summary: For the price, I don't think I could fine a saddle better, its comfortable, nice looking and nice soft leather. I look forward to the day when I do cutting in it. All in all, I am very happy with this saddle. I am likely to buy from J.C. Martin Saddle Co. again and I hope the quality will be just as good.
Usefulness Rating: 3.1 out of 5.
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