Manufacturer: Tex Tan (View all products by Tex Tan)
Model: Trail/All-Around (View all Trail/All-Around reviews)
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: This is a Tex Tan Tex-Flex trail saddle Semi-bars, 15" in medium-oil. Borrowed from a friend while training her Arabian gelding. She bought it from a local tack shop for around $1300 three years ago for her older high-withered Arabian mare.
Likes: It is very good-looking saddle, and fits the horses, who are a mother and son pair with substantial withers, broad shoulders, and wide flat backs, very well. There was no rolling or shifting while mounting and the horses seem relaxed and comfortable with it. It is fairly comfortable to sit in, and there is enough saddle around you without getting in your way.
Dislikes: The flex wasn't that great, and very minimal. When tested off the horse, it takes a lot of strength to even see the flex make it to a few millimeters. The saddle seemed overly wide and the leather was almost too smooth. When I was riding in it, I felt like I was popping out of the saddle every time I tried to shock-absorb/balance with my thighs. I also didn't feel much in the way of contact with the horse's sides, and I couldn't get my leg underneath me- it kept swinging forward, even while walking. I know some riders like to get their legs out in front of them, but I have a high basis in horsemanship and dressage, so I prefer to kept my leg back.
Quality: Very good quality leather, silver and colour. Despite the flex tree not flexing as much as I would like to see, it is a well-made tree as saddle trees go. Certainly a pretty enough saddle to show at open local shows in, and comfortable enough for long, slow trail rides. Maybe a little expensive, but worth it if it fits.
Summary: Not so flexible and a bit wide and slippery through the jockeys, but overall a really nice saddle. Not my personal choice, but would be good for intermediate-beginner riders who are not as picky about close contact with the horse and want a good quality saddle to show locally or ride in.
Author: Sarah from MacFarlane Show Horses
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
4 reader(s) voted.
Tucker Endurance Trail Saddles
Steele Custom Saddles Mountaineer Trail Saddles
CTK TASA01-A Trail Saddles
Denham Saddlery Plantation saddle with horn Trail Saddles
national bridle lite rider Trail Saddles
Trailwise Endurance Elite Trail Saddles
Shenandoah Trail Saddles
Stonewall Saddle Company Stonewall classic 14 inch Trail Saddles
Fallis Balanced Ride Trail Saddles
Circle Y Trail Gator Endurance Trail Saddles
Simco "Deluxe" trail saddle 8695 Trail Saddles
Circle y Alabama trail gaitor Trail Saddles
Jason McKenzie 1 / Wade saddle Trail Saddles
Huber Training saddle Trail Saddles
Fabtron Easy Rider Trail Trail Saddles
CTK TASO 18 Trail Saddles
Dixieland Gaited Saddles Gaited wide tree Trail Saddles
ABETTA TRINITY SERENITY SYNTHETIC ENDURANCE SADDLE Trail Saddles
Wyoming Saddlery 16" Draft Custom Trail Saddles
DIXIELAND GAITED SADDLE Butterfly Skirt Roughout Trail Saddles