Horse Tack Review


Fully Tooled Roper
Roping Saddles

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Manufacturer: Saddlesmith/Ammerman
Model: Fully Tooled Roper
Category: Roping Saddles

Purchase: I purchased this 16" roper from a saddle shop here in my home town. I paid $1000.00 which was the cheapest price I could find for this saddle. Figured my Husband would use it when he rides every "Once In A Blue Moon".

Likes: Very Eye-Catching design. Has a very flashy swirl pattern with a basket weave design in the center. This tooling repeats itself over the entire saddle. Rawhide accents on the gullet and the cantle. Not overly-heavy for a roping saddle. Nice light -oil color.

Dislikes: Came with extremely cheesy conchos. Seemed like painted silver plastic. I switched them out immediately. Stirrup leathers have been very hard to break in and turn. Synthetic sheepskin lining is very cheap and pulls out easily. Not the most comfy saddle I own.

Quality: Saddlesmith bought out Ammerman brand saddles. Ammerman built a great saddle and Saddlesmith builds a cheaper made, mass produced saddle. This saddle was built by Saddlesmith using a Ammerman design. Because of this the saddle is only medium quality in construction.

Summary: I have owned a few older, well made saddles by Saddlesmith. Unfortunately Saddlesmith is building very bad saddles and mass producing them lately. For a pleasure saddle or an every day schooling saddle, this one works just fine. But I think this will be the last Saddlesmith saddle I ever buy. Anyone have a good older Ammerman saddle they want to trade? LOL.

Rating: 3

Author: Naomi T.

Date: 2006-02-25

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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