Still, there are always going to be some people who think that is way, way too much for a "toy" saddle. These are usually the same people who feel compelled to tell me that they could buy a real saddle for that amount.
I know I shouldn't be bothered by that, but it's hard not to get a little defensive. And the truth of the matter is that while you can buy a real saddle for $200, unless you are very lucky, you can't buy a real good saddle for that amount.
With this in mind, I set out to find and photograph every single saddle costing $200 or less at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo trade show. Here are the results of that search.
First up is this pink synthetic saddle. At $89 it was less than half the price of a BCS saddle.
This brown synthetic saddle was just a bit more at $99.So, there you have it--one model saddle and six real saddles that cost $200 or less. If you prefer any of these real saddles to my model saddle that's fine by me. Just don't feel compelled to tell me about it, ok?
At $125 this was the least expensive leather saddle I could find.
If you prefer English, this old battered close contact saddle was $150 with fittings. I didn't think to look, but I'd be willing to bet that the Pakistani looking brown saddle on the bottom of the stack was even less.