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Saddles for Sale: Handmade Wade Saddle by Keith Valley SOLD #73479
Posted by: jnewkirk [see other ads by this poster]
Condition: Excellent
Price: $4,600.00
City: Denver [see other ads in this city]
State: Colorado [see other ads in this state]
Maker: Keith Valley
Style: Wade
Seat Size: 15 1/2"
New or Used: New
Phone #: 303-674-5659

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Description:
Keith Valley of Jackson Hole is one of Americaís premier western saddle makers. Customers can wait a year or more for one of his pieces - and they rarely part with them. If and when they do, itís not uncommon for a Keith Valley saddle to fetch more than the original asking price. His work has been recognized in Western Horseman magazine, Cowboys and Indians, and many other publications:

http://www.cowboysindians.com/2016/01/keith-valley-saddle-co-keeps-traditional-craftsmanship-alive/

https://www.westernhorseman.com/archive/cowboy-culture/1593-trade-secrets

I first saw a Keith Valley saddle several years ago at a tack shop in Hot Springs County, Wyoming. Immediately, I knew it was something special and bought it; since then itís carried me over many a trail in the high lonesome. After two years I wanted another one and chose this roughout Wade. Keith was kind enough to meet me personally in Idaho last fall to let me try it out on his own horse. Here are the specs:

15 1/2" finished seat

Guadalajara Horn

Cheyenne Roll - 1 3/4"

Stainless Steel hardware Flat Plate 7/8" riggin

Gullet - 7 1/2" H by 6 1/4" W by 4"

92 degree North West Quarter horse bar

7/8" Flat plate riggin

Cantle 12 1/2" wide by 4" high

I favor roughout leather as it seems to hold better during maneuvers.

This saddle is basically new and only has two rides on it. Why? To make a long story short, we ended up having put down my favorite horse; we then purchased two Missouri foxtrotters and the advice of the trainer is that this saddle is not the best fit for their particular builds; itís much more optimal for a good quarter horse.

Last month I received the unfortunate news that Keith Valley had been in a bad horse accident that "broke his nose, crushed the bones in his forehead, and broke both of his wrists." This put his work on hold and makes his saddles even rarer now - and it just doesnít seem proper to have this fine piece of work sitting unused in the tack room (the good news is heís recovered enough to make saddles again).

If you want a truly Cadillac saddle for both work and leisure - a saddle thatíll last a lifetime - Iíve ridden no finer. Keith told me itís a honest $5000 piece. Iím willing to take less, but if it goes much below asking price Iíll just hold onto it. Itíll fit my next horse, guaranteed.
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