Simco Review – Western Saddles


Since 1990, Simco merged with Longhorn and is now known as Simco-Longhorn. That transaction did not change much to the Simco manufacture as both manufactures stayed at the same places (Chattanooga, TN for Simco). This review is for Simco saddles only. With its 20 craftsmen, Simco has developed over 75 models since 1933, including some for youth. All of them are handmade.

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Saddles Rating

3.5/5

Top Simco Qualities

Soft and smooth leather, light weight, can be used for many purposes, good buy for the money, very comfortable

Dislikes about Simco Saddles

Stitching came loose on the seat, “new” styles not as good looking, hard to fit narrow horse, disappointment in some models

Price Range of a Simco When New

$600-1,000

Summary of Simco Saddles

It looks like the quality of Simco Saddles went down in the last years. Many owners of old models were disappointed by their new Simco. To them, quality was not as good as before and styling was missing, making their new saddles look cheap. For those who never had one before, it seems like they’re happy with their saddle because it is a “good buy for the money”.  I think that Simco saddles are good for beginners who wish to ride in a saddle of their own or people who would like to have an “okay” saddle, nothing more. As for the older models, reviews are all good. Another reason to buy second hand! ;-)

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11 Responses to Simco Review – Western Saddles

  1. my Simco is 29 years old – does not look much different from when i bought it – i would expect to sell it for the same price i bought it for. Cadillac and great for any show class -

    • Hey! Did you buy your saddle new and second hand? Did you find it was easy to keep your saddle in good shape? Your commentary proves me I was right! The owners of old models are all satisfied. If you’re still riding, keep it! ;)

  2. by Katie Couch | July 23, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    i just bought a simco barrel saddle and love it the lady i bought it from said she had it for 5 years and it looks almost brand new besides the usual wear on the seat. she also said her daughter used it almost everyday for those 5 years and the rough out was in great condition when i bought it… it most defentally was well worth the money

  3. I bought a Simco in 1974 and used it in open and Arabian shows for 10 years. Purchased it for 250.00 (with silver accents), and sold it in 1987 for 450.00! Still looked as good as the day I bought it. Very durable and comfortable saddles.

  4. Any Idea how to contact Simco to figure out what style my saddle is? Is there a website? I cant seem to find one.

  5. Hi, I have a 1977-78 Simco 5474, is there any way to find out if it is a wooden tree or a fibreglass tree? I’m moving to Australia, and want to know if I can bring it with me. It’s my buddy! Thanks, Anita

    • Hi Anita,

      I can’t guarantee 100% that it is wood, but the introduction of fiberglass trees is quite recent. I doubt it even existed in 1977-78. If you really want to make sure, you can contact Simco. I am sure you can easily find their contact over the web. No doubt you want to keep it! These are lifetime partners! ;-) BTW, did you buy it second hand?

  6. by wayne michael | October 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    wanting info on a simco saddle #0712-6 age and value thank you for any info

  7. by carol simley | December 1, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I have a 1997 Simco, 14.5 seat, great condition and i love it. Unfortunately as I have grown older, I have also grown wider. So I do not fit it any longer. Am wanting to sell it. Any ideas on how and where to sell it?

  8. I have a used simco saddle with full quarter horse bars, together with breast plate and flank strap.. Very good condition… Looking to sell, getting out of horses..bought it new in 1989.. Any suggestions on asking price? Was thinking at least 600/650..is that too much? Hate to sell it, but can’t do horses anymore.. Thanks!

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