Manufacturer: Circle Y
Model: Sheridan Flex 2 Lite
Category: Trail Saddles
Purchase: I bought this saddle to replace a larger heavier model the Carlsband which I loved but found too large on my horse. I traded the Carlsband and another saddle for a new Tucker. I took the Tucker on a trail ride and decided I did not like it for various reasons. The tack store, Bedford Tack in Dixon TN took the Tucker back and I tried the Circle Y Expedition model (flex tree), used it once and did not like it either. Bedford Tack took it back and now I have the Sheridan and the retail cost was $1,375
Likes: I feel balanced in this saddle. Being a flex tree I feel that I move better and even though I am sitting in this saddle I feel one with my horse. I do not feel like I am sitting on top of this saddle I am sitting down in this saddle. The leather is soft and of very high quality, the tooling is beautiful and there are plenty of D rings. This saddle has a cheyenne roll cantle and I find this a must in the steep mountains I ride in also the horn is placed forward and does not stick into me on the steep up hills either. Very importantly IT DOES NOT SQUEAK!!! I hate when a saddle squeaks and you can not here a fellow rider over the sound of your saddle. The underside lining is thick sheepskin and is thick and does not squash down from use. I think the Circle Y is one of the best made saddles on the market, stitching, conchos, and tie strings are all placed well and of quality materials. I will not buy any other brand western saddle. As a matter of fact at 53 years old I am sure this is my last saddle purchased and it will be passed on down for years to come too. I highly recommend a Cycle Y and they make enough models to suit every rider.
Dislikes: The Expedition was not for me, it was not the right seat for me, but it had great endurance stirrups and I would like to buy a pair, but can't find them for sale. What I do not like about any of the Cycle Y's that were for sale at Bedford Tack in TN is that they all have nylon on billets and nylon tie strap, both too long for use. I prefer a nice leather saddle to have quality LEATHER billets and tie straps. I had the expense of replacing them.
Quality: As stated in the description of what I like about this saddle it is made very well. The stitching is all even, the leather is high quality thick yet soft, well oiled during the construction. Flex Tree 2 is the most comfortable seat with the padding used and the ability to move with my horse. This saddle was made with the horse and the rider in mind EXCELLENT WORKMANSHIP AND QUALITY MATERIALS
Summary: I have been through 3 other saddles before I settled on this one. First, was a trade in I loved but was too big for my horse's back ( Circle Y Carlsband flex tree square skirt) Second, the Tucker trail saddle, just not for me, the stirrups set too far forward, no Cheyenne roll and not a flex tree. Third, the Circle Y Expedition Endurance saddle but the seat was not right for me FINALLY the right saddle fit for not only me but my horses too. It's a keeper
Author: DS Rose
Usefulness Rating: 3.95833 out of 5.
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