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Thursday, July 9, 2009

A rose by any other name...

...should never be painted on a rhinestone encrusted saddle! What is the deal with the painted flowers on saddles all of a sudden? At least this one isn't PINK. It would be a cute saddle if the roses were not painted and it didn't have the rhinestones. I like the red seat as far as it goes. I would like to see the flowers dyed maybe an oxblood rather than painted. It just cheapens the look of the saddle in my opinion. It's a shame, because the saddle itself looks relatively well made.




19 comments:

  1. I can see that for like the rose bowl parade, but if you're gonna do that, just add real roses. It definitely cheapens the look painted like this (not to mention the rhinestones).

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  2. Um...

    There was a scale sidesaddle that looked eerily similar. I always thought it was *made* well, but still a little scary. Haven't seen hide nor hair of it since BF '06, I think.

    eek.

    What would have been so bad about tooling it and not dyeing the roses?

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  3. I like it... it's so subtle and understand. **BURSTS OUT LAUGHING**

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  4. I agree, tooling the roses and leaving them uncolored would have been best. There's too many roses -- it's overkill with them colored, whether they are painted OR dyed!

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  5. The saddle Pat is referring to was made by Darleen Stoddard, and I think it looks great. Of course, I also sometimes add painted flowers on my scale saddles - the first parade set I did had red painted poppies on it. I don't do that on pleasure sets, but for parade or gaming I think they are fun. I guess the "don't like it, don't buy it" phrase could apply really well here!

    Personally, I would rather shun poorly made cardboard leather or synthetic saddles with terrible tooling and uneven stamping regardless of trim color, than something like this that looks like it is well made with quality materials. There's something out there for everybody! -Erin

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  6. actually, i think this particular saddle is rather nice. i can see it on an andalusian with roses on the rest of the tack or in his mane and tail in a parade perhaps.

    the roses match the color of the seat (huge plus) and the rhinestones also match and are confined to a line complementing the cantle. the silver on it is used as silver should be - an accent. it's certainly flashy, but not disgustingly over the top or gaudy.

    it's not appropriate for a western pleasure class, but it is a beautiful parade saddle or dress up/costume class.

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  7. ahh, now i see more rhinestones. all the same, they're complementing the lines of the saddle - not screaming 'look at me! i'm ENCRUSTED!'

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  8. I like it. Not for me. It would be a great parade, rodeo or trophy saddle.

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  9. I like the roses - has a vintage look. There are just to many on this saddle. And lose the rhinestones.

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  10. I think it has a very cool "I got this in Mexico in 1936" vibe, except for the rhinestones.

    In fact I kind of wish it was done in a more A-fork or buckaroo, maybe charro style. The saddle itself, that is.

    It would indeed look pretty on a black, white, gray or blue roan.

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  11. Not nearly as 'in your face' or out there as some, but the painted tack does nothing for me. At least all of the colors match and the amount of 'bling' is under control.

    Not my style, but not something I would turn down as a gift either.

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  12. I like roses, but this is too many. I don't like that leather color, either, but I don't know much about leather, really.

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  13. P. S. I'm dying for you all to see my Tex Tax Hereford. Someone gave it to me and I had it profesionally refurbished.It has some mouse chews on the seat, but is otherwise perfection:
    http://dudethedramaqueen.blogspot.com/2009/07/finally-photos-of-refurbished-hereford.html

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  14. I see this as a decent parade saddle. I think it would be gorgeous on a palomino mare, with roses tied in her mane and tail. Plus, the painting on the roses is done right--it's not bleeding out of the lines or anything like that. But I can't imagine it being a regular riding saddle. Unless you're a bling barrel racer.

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  15. P.S. This must be a regular seller where you're getting these photos, because I've noticed that white picket fence as the display location in several photos now! Do they specialize in borderline tacky to tacky saddles?

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  16. lol..

    i showed it to my husband as he was passing by.. and said 'the more i look at this saddle, the more i like it. it's actually cute!'

    'if you're in the rose parade, i suppose...' was his response.

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  17. Going out on a limb (thorn?) here...the roses still remind me of cake frosting, and it still makes me hungry, but I think I like it.

    (Checking into frosting rehab momentarily, so I should snap out of it)

    I could totally see myself humiliating a perfectly nice gelding with this saddle. *Pre-apologies to perfectly nice gelding*

    It's definitely the best of the flowered saddles so far, at least in my book. :)

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  18. I like it. It may be a bit overboard but it's made well and it doesn't clash.
    I think the Darleen Stoddard sidesaddle with roses is modeled after one by Skyhorse Saddlery of Durango.

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