Ride On an Abetta Saddle


An Abetta Saddle

Going on long rides it’s important that the rider is comfortable as well as the horse.

What can I say about the Abetta saddle? I can’t say enough. As a satisfied owner, I think it’s one of the best saddles made for the horse owner today.  It’s easy to use and easy to ride on. It certainly fits the criteria of comfort for both horse and rider.

     Product Description:

  • Made in the US
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Ralide ® saddle trees
  • Reasonable Price (I paid $350. for mine eight years ago)
  • Four-star rankings

A Bit of My Story:

I’d been given a saddle for a birthday even though I didn’t have a horse at the time. I had hope that I would own one someday. That dream day came, but the saddle I had was way too big for my petite mare.

I had no idea what to buy, the thought of buying one period kind of put a damper on the horse buying experience. Now I had to put some thought into the purchase, figure this out on my own. When my folks bought my pony for me the saddle and bridle had come with the pony.

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A Call for Help:

In my limited education about saddles and what to buy and how to go about it came to my mind, I turned to my friend. She was a horsewoman of considerable knowledge and was more than willing to help me out in choosing the right one.

When I showed her the saddle that I had, she didn’t hesitate to tell me it was too big for my little mare. I kind of had already figured that out.

In her next sentence, she told me about the Abetta saddle.

She said they were made to fit the horse, which most saddles are, but the difference with this brand is they also don’t weigh much.

I, being an “older lady”, the sound of a light saddle was what I liked to hear.


More Product Description:

  • Lightweight at 17lbs. Even I can lift that small of a saddle onto my horse. The birthday saddle I owned was probably around 40 lbs. or more. For me, it was heavy, awkward, and I know I wouldn’t be able to lift it up on a horse.
  • My Abetta is a 16″ Flex-Regular Quarter Horse Tree
  • The silver D rings are stainless steel. The silver conchos are engraved
  • The bell-shaped stirrups are a safety feature built to keep your boots in place and are easy to adjust
  • The saddle seat is Cordura nylon which boasts to be scratch resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • The seat is Acu-Suede and is so comfortable, keeps me in place on the saddle

Easy Clean

It’s not hard to keep your Abetta saddle clean, just wiping it down with a soft cloth now and then is probably all it needs. Once in a while, you may want to scrub it with a soft brush too.

I lived on the rainy side of Washington state growing up. Most of the time I didn’t ride in the rain because I didn’t want to ruin the leather saddle I had for my pony, Blackie. With the Abetta saddle, I don’t have to worry about the moisture. Another benefit that takes care of this possible problem is the Abetta is made with closed-cell foam and it will not soak up the water. So go ahead, ride in the rain. Just take some precautions that are covered in this post found here.


The Abetta does have some leather points. The saddle horn is wrapped in leather. The rosettes are made of leather as well. Abetta makers have lined the nylon rigging with leather to keep it smooth and non-slipping. The stirrups have leather lining them also to assure more strength.


Here's my Abetta saddle.
Here’s my Abetta saddle.

My Price:

My exact saddle is the Cordura with Fleece Bottom and Flex Tree with a 16″ seat. I purchased a saddle pad to go with it. It’s purple mostly. The price range for both a saddle and pad is reasonable at $400.  eight years ago. They are not as expensive as some of the leather saddles.

Other Models and Prices:

There are other kinds of Abetta saddles too, like barrel racing and endurance, trail, and for the young rider. So it covers about every type of riding you may want to do.

I saw Abetta saddles ranging from $498.36 to $1,258.32 and I believe these were sale prices.

What is your style of riding?

There isn’t just one type of endurance saddle, but several styles to choose from.

The same goes for the trail and barrel racing styles. The saddles all range from seventeen to eighteen pounds or so and are made in America.

In Conclusion, Sitting in the Saddle:

When I am mounted on the saddle, it is comfortable. Don’t you like to sit in a saddle that makes you feel confident? It is almost a snuggle fit and a feeling of safety.  I will stay in the seat if my horse decides to spook at something.

Does this sound like a saddle you could fall in love with? It’s the perfect saddle for the older person or a young child. They can saddle their own horse with confidence and live the dream of being a horse person. I like being able to saddle my own horse, living the cowgirl life and this saddle helps me live that dream.

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6 thoughts on “Ride On an Abetta Saddle

  1. Hi there
    My name is Ruth and I live in Australia. I import and own one of these Abetta Endurance Saddles and I just love it and so does my horse as we ride up into the mountain. Plus it is light weight. The only down side is the rigging is 3/4 which makes the saddle slides forward when going down steep mountain. I cannot put a crupper on my horse as he hate it and will buck. The only way I could stop this was to take it to Saddlery who movies the rigging to 7/8, but he charged me a pretty $$$$ And that solved the problem. I am wanting to import another Abetta Saddle but with the rigging already 7/8 is there one?
    Below is the details of the Abetta saddle that I own
    Abetta Endurance Trail Saddle Code 20510R
    Size 16 inch
    • Tree: Endurance tree by Ralide ; Quarter Horse bars with 6 1/2″ gullet
    • Cantle: 4″ Highback
    • Rigging: 3/4 nylon/leather half-breed centerfire rigging
    • Finish: Tough, scratch-resistant Cordura Nylon laminated to closed-cell foam
    • Skirting: Fleece lined
    Any information would be most gratefully.

    1. Hi Ruth,
      Thank you for stopping by and asking a great question. Sorry, it has taken me a bit to find an answer. Had to do some digging.

      Finally found a couple of links from HorseLoverZ. One is https://www.horseloverz.com/western-saddles/endurance-saddles/abetta-endurance-saddle

      Here is another https://www.horseloverz.com/western-saddles/endurance-saddles/abetta-endurance-saddle-with-aire-grip-skirt

      I hope this helps. I have asked at a couple of other places and if I find more I will pass the info. on to you.

      Again thank you for stopping by. I’ve never been to Australia. A beautiful country and the area of my favorite movies; The Snowy River movies.

      I hope this helps. I have enjoyed my Abetta saddle for sure.

      I found another resource.


  2. HI Nastasha,

    I am considering one of these saddles too, I have a small round backed quarter horse, about 850 lbs. What I see in your picture though is that your saddle is not sitting level on your horse (it’s tipped forward the slightest bit). Do you feel this when you ride and also, how many fingers can you fit between the withers and the top of the gullet. I have read that 2 fingers is ideal.

    Thank you for your post.

    1. Hi Kristy,
      I’m not sure who Natasha is, but I’m Judy, owner of this website. Concerning your comment, thank you for stopping by and reading my post. About the saddle sitting on my horse being tipped forward may be my poor picture taking. I didn’t notice it while riding. I think it fits well, it was made especially for her as Abetta saddles are. I had to send in her measurements to assure a correct fit. I can fit two fingers between her withers and gullet.
      Hope this helps and again thank you for taking the time to comment. I don’t think you’ll go wrong if you purchase an Abbetta saddle.

  3. Hello! My name is Natasha. And I looking for saddle for my little horse. Can you tell me, if abetta saddle describes as wide tree, what kind of bars does it have? semiquarter, or fullquarter?
    Thanks for your answer!
    Greetings from Russia

    1. Hi Natasha,
      Thank you so much for reading my post on Abetta saddles and asking a question. I had to do some research. I came up with the terminology of gullets, width, and bars can be confusing. There are tree options when a saddle is made. It’s said that the Abetta has Quarter Horse bars 6.5″ and 7″ gullet width.
      The regular Quarter Horse bars as I found also stated gullet widths of 5 3/4″ and 6 1/4″. The semi-quarter is 6″ and 6 1/4″. The full-quarter is 6 1/4″ and 6 1/2″. So it appears that the Abetta may be in the semi-quarter range.
      I also read that saddle tree builders use the terms gullet and bars as one term so could cause more confusion. For more information and pictures with better descriptions go to htt://saddlemakers.org/id198.htm and their article Bar Angle VS Gullet Width.
      Hope this helps. Again thank you for stopping by. Best wishes as you choose the best saddle for your little horse. I’m sure glad I got my Abetta. It fits me and my little horse great. 🙂

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