Manufacturer: J.C. Martin (View all products by JC Martin Saddlery)
Model: Wade roping saddle (View all Wade Roping Saddle reviews)
Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: I purchased my saddle from one of their Facebook online auctions. I paid 1050. US plus 128$ US for shipping. 95$ duty taxes at post office. Delivery was timely.
Likes: The seat and security is excellent. I absolutely love this tree. I got aluminum stirrups that are offset and they are great. It came with all cinches and Latigos, ready to ride ( sort of). The colour and conches are pretty. The stitching is nice and consistent.
Dislikes: The saddle arrived in very dry condition. I have applied a liter of Lexol and a liter of leather new leather restoring oil applied with a paint brush!, I haven't slaked its thirst yet. Even the Latigos drank oil from a several brush application and were close to cracking. The tooling. In the photos it does not show that in some of the places on the Cheyenne roll ( cantle) the tooling is punched so deep that the leather has split and pulled apart. I was more than disappointed with this. The hamley twist wasn't quite right, the stirrups want to still lay wrong. I oiled and set them better.
Quality: The quality of the leather. The whole fit of the saddle parts screams that this was someone's first saddle project.
Summary: Because it rides good, I would not gamble on sending it back and possibly getting nothing in return. I would say buyer beware. If it looks too good to be true; it probably is. I won't be purchasing another. The breast collar style that came with the saddle does not fit my mare, they won't sell me another style that matches. They only sell sets with the saddle. Because of this, I wonder, if indeed they are made in the USA. Otherwise, why not? My advice, buy the best quality, with a reputable name, see it with your own eyes. If your budget is a problem, buy used. I'm lucky. At least I can use it, and I do enjoy riding in it. I just don't like looking at it.
Author: Carla Perry
Usefulness Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
4 reader(s) voted.
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