Manufacturer: Blue Ridge
Model: Roper Rodeo Special Saddle
Category: Roping Saddles
Purchase: I bought my roping saddle (16") from Chicks Saddlery about eight years ago. I paid approximately $550.00. I was looking for a multi-purpose, well-built saddle that could fit a variety of horses and be used for just about anything.
Likes: I loved the leather quality of this saddle, and the way that it was built. I've had this saddle for eight years and it's still in perfect condition (just a little normal scuffing from a lot of use). It is an extremely well-balanced saddle. Great for roping as it sits perfectly on every horse's back and does not come up in the back. The tree and Full QH bars has made it so that it has fit every horse I've put it on, and that's a lot of horses! It has no pinching points at all and is a great all-around work saddle.
Dislikes: The biggest drawback to this saddle is that it weighs 42 pounds. Very heavy saddle. For a woman it is fairly hard to lift onto a horse's back. It also does not have any dee-rings to attach a breastplate or anything else to. The leather does bleed a little - turned my pants maroon initially. And the white rawhide doesn't stay white for long. The only other thing is I had to buy orthoflex stirrup pads for the stirrups as they were too slippery without any cushioning. This also not a good saddle for a short-backed horse because of the length and weight of the saddle.
Quality: Very high quality construction - this is one of those saddles that will last forever. I could have sold this same saddle to a bunch of clients, but am not sure I could replace it. I haven't seen this on Chicks' website for years now. Great quality for short money. Very heavy leather. I was really impressed.
Summary: Great work saddle - especially for a guy who wants to do roping, cow work, reining, trails, colt-starting, etc. Just beware that it is heavy which results in a very durable saddle. I definitely got my money's worth and would recommend it highly depending on the intended purpose. Definitely not for endurance riders.
Author: Dawn Tessier - Massachusetts
Usefulness Rating: 2.75 out of 5.
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