Manufacturer: JC Martin Saddlery (View all products by Unknown)
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Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: I received add for JC Martin Saddlery auction on Facebook and went to their homepage to check things out in more detail. I had the winning bid($990 including S&H) on Wade HD roping saddle.
Likes: The saddle has consistently good stamped pattern, came with a breast collar, had Hamley Twist for proper stirrup placement from builder.
Dislikes: Saddle doesn't even come close to matching one used as representation for auction; which was a surprise because I believed I was bidding on the completed saddle displayed.
Quality: The saddle looks like it was hastily made by a novice maker. The dye wasn't applied evenly and is extremely sloppy. Dye ranges from real dark and even to seeing "brush marks" with lighter color showing through. Leather is thinner than saddles. Buckles and D-rings are cheap and flimsy.
Summary: Saddle fit and finish is definitely that of a sub $1,000 unit. Wouldn't buy again; or recommend, except for use in saddle breaking horses where quality and comfort aren't a real consideration. When I contacted maker; on time frame over run, they did offer the use of a loaner saddle which was a welcome gesture. I didn't accept loaner offer so cannot attest to its quality. Pluses: The social media and auction sites were well designed in esthetic and ease of use. All things considered the product matches the price point I paid, but will definitely buy from a much better established maker of known quality next time I purchase.
Author: Colorado kid
Usefulness Rating: 5 out of 5.
5 reader(s) voted.
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