Here is a video review of the Alamo Flex Tree Western Saddle Wide Tree. I hope this helps you in deciding which is the right horse saddle for you.
Let’s start by talking about the part of the saddle that you don’t see and that’s the tree. At the heart of this saddle is a flex tree made by Hadlock and Fox. They’re a company out of Texas that has been making quality saddles for over 50 years.
Now a lot of you probably already know that a flex tree can help the saddle fit your horse better as well as you have more freedom of movement.
A lot of our customers have come to prefer the flex saddle saying it keeps the horse comfortable longer.
Well, let’s take a closer look at this saddle. The color of this leather is what Alamo calls caramel toast which is a rich, medium brown. This is top quality skirting leather that Alamo gets from Tennessee.
The tooling pattern is called Greek border. Notice how even the pattern and the depth of tooling is. You only get this from skilled craftsmen who know how to hand-tool and all of Alamo’s saddles are tooled by hand.
The seat is padded and very comfortable with soft, smooth leather. Notice how even the stitching is. There aren’t any zigzags here. This is one area that we really watch when we’re looking for a quality saddle manufacturer.
There are plenty of saddle strings here to attach your gear. A lot of you are going to appreciate the cutout skirt which gives you closer contact with your horse. The rigging on this saddle is stainless steel and it’s in the 7/8 position which is what most everyone is looking for.
Behind the fenders here, you see some Blevins style buckles for adjusting the fenders and also the rawhide leather-laced bell stirrups with the leather in the tread, real nice stirrups. The tie strap on this saddle is Latigo leather and you already saw the tooled off billet.
Now most saddles today come with nylon tie straps and off billets and there’s nothing wrong with nylon but I think when you put leader straps on a saddle, it says something about your quality and your desire to use the best materials rather than cut cost.
They also put on some really beautiful and unique-looking conchos on this saddle. Also included with the saddle is a 17-strand cinch. So if you have a pad, you’re ready to ride.
So there you have it. It’s the Alamo Caramel Toast Greek Border Tooled Trail Saddle model number 1060 Flex.