El Dorado Saddle & Tack

 

Testimonials

What Our Customers Say.

Hello, I am writing this to inform potential customers of your panel systems how great these panels really are. I am a working Cowboy on a huge SW ranch. I ride almost daily on many different horses and mules. The reason I was willing to try one of the conversions to system 7 panels was difficulty in fitting so many of these animals. The panels not only adjust to all these varied animals. They also give you a closer contact to the animal. I am very pleased. I have now been riding this converted saddle for about 3 years and it has performed very well. I rope cattle off of it, I ride allot of rough or green stock that does act up. I ride it while leading pack strings in the mountains. I use this saddle hard and it has stood up to the test. What I am trying to say is these panels and the way they mount to your saddle tree are tough and will hold up to heavy use. The only maintence they need is a squirt of oil every now and then. Also do not tighten the cinch on these saddles or any saddle more than necessary. You want your saddle to stay in place and that is all. To many people over tighten their cinch and wonder why they have dry spots in the area above the cinch. The animal isn't to happy either. I have never had a problem of any sort that I can attribute to these panels. I am a very happy customer and recommend these panels to anyone and everyone.
Thanks
Don Korleski
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-----Original Message-----
From: Philip ... [mailto:hidden to protect privacy]
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2011 3:20 PM
To: cindy@eldoradosaddle.com
Subject: Testimonial

Cindy and Harold,
Thanks again! Here is the testimonial I promised. SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG. Please feel free to edit or improve the grammar!

I purchased Tennessee Walking Horses four years ago. I am an avid Field Trialer. A brief synopsis of what that means is I spend long days training and campaigning bird dogs using my horses as the vehicle to watch and handle the dogs. My horses are required to perform long days and tolerate a wide variety of tasks. Investing in an El Dorado Saddle has improved my riding and horse ownership experience more than I could have ever imagined.
When I first purchased my horses I did what many new owners do. I got the first “well priced” saddle I could find. And why not? I just spent 7,000.00 on a trailer and another 7,000.00 on horses. Not to mention the other items needed.
After my first year of riding I began to notice saddle sores on one of my horses. I shrugged it off and swapped pads. The next season my horse began to have back problems and more sores. I decided it was time to seriously consider my frugal nature and investigate if my pennywise saddle was thousands of pounds foolish?
I brought my horses to two different tack shops with the goal of finding something that was right for me and them, nothing flashy. Both horses are very different and was told by both shops it would be near impossible to use the same saddle on both of them. We tried EVERYTHING. Bighorn, Tucker, Circle Y, etc. None of them were right. Every saddle I tried needed something different about it to work for me or the horses.
To customize a name brand saddle is very expensive. To get extra long stirrups was a $250.00 upgrade, getting the right stirrup for wide boots was going to be 100.00 more and getting the rings in the right places for my gear was going to be extra as well.
After explaining this predicament to my field trailing friends I was pointed in the direction of EL Dorado Saddle Company. I had heard of them, but to be honest, was avoiding them because my natural feeling toward a completely custom built saddle was that it was a luxury I did not need. After I sat in his El Dorado saddle I came to the conclusion that if my specific specifications could be applied to his western model it would be perfect.
I picked up the phone after avoiding it for years and described to Harold what I wanted. A 17.5 inch seat, an extra wide horn, long stirrups, wide holes for my big boots and rings in very specific places for items like scabbards, ropes and everything else needed for dog training. I told Harold to make it as plain-Jane as possible because I did not need a flashy saddle. I gave him no specs as to how it should look. I did not need or want any “chrome”. How the saddle made my horse look was the last thing on my list. The priorities I outlined were safety, fit, comfort and utility.
Eight weeks later I drove to his facility to pick up my saddle. When I saw the saddle the first thing that came to my mind was that it was a WORK OF ART. The saddle was made with an attention to detail that reminded me of fine wood working. The stitching was crisp. The two tones of leather he choose complimented each other perfectly. The tooling he applied, without needing too, added a fine finish to the saddle that made me truly proud to own it. After getting over the esthetics, Harold had me sit on it to be sure it was just right. He noticed that the stirrups weren’t perfect and immediately swapped them out with the correct ones. Working directly with the manufacturer is the only way to go.
My first rides on this saddle were very pleasurable! No break in time like most new saddles. I rode the saddle for 7 straight days and did not have the painful break-in experience one has with most name brand saddles. The saddle did everything I hoped. It fits both horses perfectly. (One is 17 hands and high withered and the other is 15 hands and flat backed) Both horses gait better and I have a confidence when riding that I never had before.
After comparing what I paid with El Dorado to what my bill would have been other places I am amazed how silly it was to consider anything else. The quality is better, it is custom to my exact needs, it fits every horse I have thrown it on and it did not cost more the other saddles on the market.
All of my goals were fulfilled and exceeded with this saddle. What is funny is how the esthetics of this saddle (my lowest priority) stand out the most. People who never noticed my horse at previous field trials began to comment how flashy my horse looked. Because he is walking better and has a fine piece of art on his back he has become a seriously upgraded horse.. Purchasing an El Dorado saddle has proven to be the best investment I have ever made in horse equipment. I look forward to purchasing another one in the future.
THANK YOU HAROLD and CINDY.
Sincerely,
Philip
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Dear Harold and Cindy,
The saddle arrived on Tuesday and was waiting when I got home from work. I was so impressed with the workmanship, the tooling and just about everything you did to the "Sugar Bear"! The only thing that makes me mad, is that it's like -10 degrees below zero and I can't try it out yet. But they say it may get into the 20's this weekend and you can bet I will be riding in it then! I also want to mention that my hubby likes the OFF Billet and will probably be ordering a couple more of those, or he will be stealing mine!!
Thanks again for such fast service, I love it!
Dorothy R., Strandburg, SD
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I am so very pleased with my new saddle. it works for all of my horses and all three are very different in shape and size. The saddle sleeves are a wonderful invention too. Thanks for getting me a saddle so quickly.
Jan G., Texas
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Hi Cindy,
So far, so good with the saddle. My horses are both happy, there is no bridging or loin rubbing on Hoss (he's the hard to fit one) I have been riding 2 to 3 hours, and yesterday rode for 4 hours and every time I take the saddle off (I used to dread that) his hair is flat, no loin rubbing and the sweat marks are good. I have been using normal padding nothing extra. He's walking out with his head low (this is a 3/4 Arab) I was told he could never be shown western because he was to high headed, I don't show anyways, but...what a difference when the saddle fits.
Thank you,
Susie
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The biothane leathers are great! and thanks for getting them out so fast.
Have a great day!
Marie
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Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job of adding the flex panel to our Peruvian saddle. It fits our horse with an asymmetrical wither very nicely! looks really nice! We will likely be getting another Peruvian saddle so I will be contacting you again to do the same flex panel and pad.
Thank you again,
Lori S.
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Harold;
Thank You so very much, I was so surprised and excited to receive my saddle yesterday.
What a BEAUTIFUL job, the saddle looks wonderful. I will try it in the next day or so. We
have a lot of mud at the moment because of the torrential rains last week, so it needs to dry
up a little. I guess using a saddle seat cover and the sheepskin covers on the leathers not to mention keeping it clean and well oiled have really paid off in keeping it in nice shape. I think
it is a really nice looking and comfy saddle. I am so happy that it can be used again.
I may be calling you with some questions about my Ortho Flex Premier. I wish you and
yours a most wonderful Thanksgiving. Again Thank You!!!
Truly
Diane Cassidy
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Dear Harold and Cindy,
enclosed you will find a few photos of Shahil (our horse) with the new saddle, I think he looks relaxed and very beautiful with the saddle. :-)
First Shahil did not like the back cinch because he did not know. I expected that so I let him find out what 's new WITHOUT the rider in the saddle - that was a very good idea because Shahil tried to get rid of the strange feeling by bucking. :-o)
On the photos you see Shahil wearing the saddle for the third time - no more bucking, the horse is relaxed. :-) I tested the saddle riding Shahil only for a few minutes in walk for not asking too much of the young horse, because he is still a bit excited about the new with so many new horses... I 'm looking forward to test the saddle in trot and canter too, maybe this week :-) - this saddle is sooooo comfortable for the rider, no more rubbing under the legs and knees because of the girth system. :-)) It 's fantastic. :-)
I am very happy to have a back cinch on this saddle (even if Shahil did not like it for the first time ;-)) because the back cinch stabilizes the saddle on the horse 's back - and it looks beautiful. :-) The whole saddle is worked up very good, the leather is of high quality, robust but smooth and very comfortable for horse and rider.
The Tapadero’s are fantastic - very comfortable (a very good protection against cold feet ;-)) and gorgeous.
Ulrike