Heard of Simco?

Heard of Simco?

Post by Diane Mathe » Sat, 07 May 1994 04:31:33


Just wondering if anyone had heard of Simco as a saddle manufacturer,
if they are good saddles, subsidiary of another group, how the saddles
stack up to other saddles?

Thanks

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Heard of Simco?

Post by Rita Hollingswor » Sat, 07 May 1994 06:52:15

I>Just wondering if anyone had heard of Simco as a saddle manufacturer,

Quote:
>if they are good saddles, subsidiary of another group, how the saddles
>stack up to other saddles?
>Thanks
>--


I used a Simco saddle for the last 16 years and was please with it.  Sold it
last winter as the fleece was wearing thin and nails/staples began to emerge
through the fleece.  I will admit that I did use it hard, but I felt it held
up well.  No tree problems, good fit on most horses, excellent fit for me,
good leather, good stitching, and good appearance.  I have seen more expensive
models that probably would have held up even better.  Now....I have ridden in
another model Simco that was less expensive and I didn't like it at all.  
Leather dried out too quickly and lost its shape, fleece wore thin, saddle fit
on most horses was poor, and not comfortable as saddle tended to tip forward
on a horse.  Simco saddles have been around for years, and seem to hold their
value.

Rita in Illinois

 
 
 

Heard of Simco?

Post by Sallijan Snyd » Wed, 11 May 1994 06:16:55

Ron has a Simco Arab tree saddle that he bought new for about $560 3 years ago.
It has a nice deep seat and is very comfortable to ride in.  It does not fit
any of our horses properly (too big across the back), and causes a rub spot
on the spine under the stitching behind the cantle.  It's done this to each of
three horses he's used it on for any length of time (using a Coolback fleece
pad).  I am constantly nagging him to get rid of it and get something that
FITS THE HORSE.  Fortunately we don't ride long or frequent, so no major harm
is being done.  I suspect this saddle would be fine on a well-fleshed, round-
backed Arab, but doesn't work on my skinny old girl or the little Paso.  It's
a little better on my 15hh Paso, but she's still not really ROUND enough across
the back.

Anyway--beware of getting one that's too big as that rear stitching seems to be
a trouble spot.  Otherwise, it seems a decent saddle (despite the fact that some
idiot put the Blevins on backwards so I need to take it to the saddle shop and
have the buckle reversed).

-Sallijan

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