Circle Y Saddle Review: Comfortable, Well Made Western Saddle

The Circle Y brand began operating in 1960, and ever since then they have been creating saddles which reflect design trends and are made from the highest quality materials. They are still located in the small Texas town of Yoakum where they began, despite the fact that they are a well known brand whose equipment is distributed far and wide. They use innovative technology to create saddles which are superior to many in terms of comfort and fit for both horse and rider. How good are their saddles? Read on to learn more in my Circle Y Saddle review.

Circle Y Saddle Review

The Circle Y High Horse Eldorado is a gorgeous Western style saddle that will make anyone feel like a cowboy! It features a wide tree, meaning that it will fit most average build horses well, and there is good wither clearance for those high withered horses. Like all of Circle Y’s products, this saddle is well made and built to last, and it can withstand hard trail riding, as well as arena work and beach rides.

What Am I Buying?

This is a very comfortable saddle that will make you feel like you’re sitting in an armchair. It’s comfortable for your horse too; the flexible tree allows him plenty of freedom of movement, and the saddle features Cordura skirts and fenders to make it more lightweight. It has a smooth leather seat in black, which is a nice contrast to the brown leather of the rest of the saddle.

It is made from good quality leather, meaning that it will be easy to keep clean and it should break in beautifully after a ride or two. It has cleans lines and an unfussy look to it, with none of the flowery tooling that many Western saddles feature (think of Billy Cook saddles), which is a bonus for many people who prefer a more muted style.

How Comfortable Is It?

This is reportedly an incredibly comfortable saddle. Western riding is naturally a comfortable position to be in, and when you have a soft, padded seat and good wide skirts this comfort is increased tenfold! The position rigging is adjustable, with a rear angled dee, meaning that you can tweak the seat to your own specifications.

The stirrups are endurance trail types, which reportedly adds to the comfort, and although the seat is padded you will find that you sink down into it instead of feeling like you’re “sitting on a pillow”. It is also comfortable for your horse, even those narrow types with high withers that are hard to fit a saddle to. The skirt is fleece lined, which adds a little touch of luxury.

What Comes With It?

This beautiful example of a Western saddle comes as it is, with all the necessary buckles, rings and attachments for you to add your own cinch. It also comes with endurance trail stirrups, which are great for extra comfort and are perfect for those long trails. No worries about getting stiff, sore legs with this saddle!

Circle Y Saddle Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Surprisingly close contact – Many Western saddles do not allow a lot of communication between the rider’s leg and the horse – this one does.
  • Lightweight so more comfortable for the horse – It can be hard to carry heavy equipment plus a rider, but this saddle doesn’t add much weight.
  • Made in the US – For those who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint it will be good to know that this saddle is locally made.
  • Good wither clearance – You won’t find that even a skinny, high withered horse will experience any rubbing or discomfort.

Cons:

  • No tooling – For those who like their Western saddle with lots of detailed design, this one may not be the one for you.
  • It’s expensive – If you are on a budget then you may have to look elsewhere (e.g. King Series synthetic saddles), as this saddle carries quite a price tag.

Final Words

This is a seriously comfortable, well made Western saddle. Perfect for trail rides, roping, arena work and more, this one should last for years and years, and keep its high quality look and feel. It is made from strong, durable materials that are easy to keep clean and easy to maintain, so there should be no worries about damage or breaking.

If you’re looking for a close contact Western saddle that will fit the majority of horses (and keep them comfortable and happy at the same time), then this is the one for you. It will also be sure to keep the rider happy too, as it is so comfortable and easy to adjust.

Although you may be put off by the price of this saddle, don’t forget that it is actually an investment. If you spend the money on good quality equipment that will stand the test of time, you are actually saving yourself money in the long run – no worries about having to fork out for repairs, or even worse, a whole new saddle.

You always have to fork out for quality, and this really is a quality saddle. Your horse – and your bottom – will thank you for investing in this one!

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Sam Ellis
Sam is a founder and editor of Horses & Foals. In personal life he is a proud father of a boy and twin girls. He believes it is more important than ever before to encourage children to experience the joy of horse riding. Horses make as much sense as the sunshine in our world.


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