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Horse Saddle Reviews

Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle Review

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The Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle is one of the highest reviewed and best-selling saddles that Circle Y has produced. With the latest upgrade, copper spots and copper cross conchos have added some flair to the popular design.

Why is the Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle So Popular?

Here’s the answer… because it’s a wide-bodied horse owner’s dream for western training or everyday saddle. From the full-grain leather to the custom conchos, the Cooper Mine Saddle from Circle Y will fit your budget, your horse, and your style.

Is the Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle Worth the Price?

It depends on how important flexibility, comfort, and style are to you.

When it comes to flexibility, this is a saddle that will fit most riders and most horses. The 3-way adjustable rigging will suit most horses’ conformations.

D-rings are located on the swells and skirts to accommodate training aids.

The Softee seat jockey and fenders provide a comfortable ride for both horse and rider. And the ErgoBalance Stirrups will cut down on joint pain after rides. Add to that the Impact Foam seat that provides a comfortable cushion during rides, and you have a perfect combination for the price tag.

What’s so special about this saddle?

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The Circle Y Copper Mine saddle isn’t just pretty. It’s good for both you and your horse, too. This saddle is equipped with the Flex2 Tunnel Skirt, which creates a channel along the spine to cut down on the rubbing that produces sore spots.

This decrease in pressure along the spine also allows hot air to escape so your horse can stay cooler on those long trail and arena rides.

And don’t forget about the Flex2 tree, which has proven to be a headache-free tree. Unlike other trees, it won’t get wider over time or flex to create pressure points (if it’s properly fitted). And it’s a lightweight saddle to boot.

And that’s not all. The skirt is equipped with a Neo-Shock system that’s designed to take most of the shock that comes from traveling on uneven terrain. It conforms to your horse and muffles any vibration between you, the saddle, and the horse so you’re all riding smoother.

Then there’s the dual bar system. This saddle has two. It offers a high-density bar, which disperses rider weight, as well as a low-density bar, which rests against the horse to give it more freedom of movement.

Which Tree Should I Get?

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Getting the right fit for your horse is paramount for a good riding experience. For horses with a defined wither, the regular tree size is recommended. For horses that are wider or have mutton withers (little to no defined withers when looking at them from the side), a wide tree is recommended.

Circle Y Copper Mine Flex2 Trail Saddle 1565

Circle Y Copper Mine

List Price: $2,365

Our Price: $2,150


  • Skirt: 13″ D x 26″ L
  • Weight: 27 lbs
  • Cantle: 4”

What horse and rider combinations is this saddle suited for?

Without mincing words, this is a saddle for everyone. With the options available, this is a saddle that can be fitted to any horse and rider combination. And it still leaves room in the budget for all the other accessories for riding.

Was this post helpful? Looking for more trail saddle reviews? Read my “Circle Y Reno Trail Saddle Review”


  • Julius says:

    Thank you for this blog post about this Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle. I think you put together pretty valuable information regarding that saddle. The advantages you mentioned like the extra support for the spine, increased comfort for the rider and the horse, and the firm nature of the material, so it won’t get any wider after using it, are enough reasons to choose this seat. I am wondering, does the type of horse matter in this case, or could the seat be used for every horse?

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Julius. Thanks for your question. The seat is part of the saddle. Can the saddle be used for every type of horse? No. Horses come in different shapes and sizes and certain types of horses are used for certain types of activities. This saddle is for trail riding. American Quarter horses and Paint horses are the breeds of choice for most American trail riders because of their utility, their strength, their character, and their availability. Avid horseback riders tend to know what type of riding they’ll be mostly engaged in. So they choose a particular type of saddle. For instance, if they’re more of a leisure rider, they’ll pick a trail saddle, as opposed to a barrel racing saddle. I hope that answers your questions.

  • John says:

    Thanks for the review, I’ve never considered how much you need to think about when purchasing a horse saddle. But this does look like an all-round good option for both comfort and design.

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi John. Yes, so much goes into purchasing a saddle. But not many people know that both the rider and the horse need to be comfortable. They also don’t know that there are different saddles for different types of riding. I’m glad my post was helpful to you.

  • Vai says:

    This is a very interesting review of the Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle. I have not seen or have any experience with this particular saddle. Looking at the saddle, it sure is pretty. One thing that caught my attention was the price. I have no idea that saddles are in that price range.

    Even though I have no experience with saddles, I like how you cover all the information about saddles in your review.

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Vai. Thanks for your comment.  Yes, Circle Y makes high-quality saddles.  And the Copper Mine saddle is no exception.  The price may seem steep, but trust me, there are saddles in an even higher priced range. Thanks for stopping by. 

  • LineCowley says:

    My niece recently started horse back riding and has been talking about getting her own saddle. So I am so pleased that I came across this review on the Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle, as we were not quite sure what to look for when buying a saddle. 

    The fact that the Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle is suitable for everyone, makes the choice easier, and will be sharing this review with the family. Thank you. 

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Yes, this beautiful full-grain leather saddle is perfect for your next trail ride. Built to last, keep you comfortable, and enjoy life. The Copper Mine Flex2 Trail Saddle features gorgeous custom conchos that fit the style of the saddle.  I hope you and your daughter will stop by again.  If you need a recommendation, please let me know. 

  • Hawumba says:

    Hi, Shalisha, thank you for this en-lighting review on Horse Saddles and in particular the Circle Y Copper Mine Saddle. With its all-around functionality, you have shown that it is not too expensive, and can fit any horse rider’s budget. I love the Circle Y Copper Mine Flex2 Trail Saddle 1565 because it can be fitted to any horse and rider combination, and yet still leaves room in the budget for all the other accessories for riding. Once again, thank you very much for this review.

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi Hawumba. Thanks for your comment.  Yes, this beautiful trail saddle fits a lot of budgets. But you never want to skimp on a saddle simply because of your budget. I think it’s better to invest more money into a saddle so that you don’t have regrets later.  Well-made saddles last a lifetime.  If I can help you pick a saddle, please let me know. Thanks again. 

  • CJ "Super Cycled" Allen says:

    You have a very informative website, and I found your post very helpful.  I used to have two horses when I was young, and I rode often.  Although we rode bareback a lot, we definitely used our saddles on long rides.  I think that it is so important to have the right saddle for your horse. However, back then, I really didn’t know the differences in various saddles.  I hope to have a horse again one day, and I think all this information will make a huge difference in helping me find a saddle so my horse will be comfortable.  I remember when I took lessons, a horse they used always kicked and reared and just seemed not happy.  After reading your article, I’m wondering if it was the saddle. Thank you for sharing.

    CJ “Super Cycled” Allen

    • Shalisha Alston says:

      Hi CJ.  Thanks for your thoughtful comment.  Yes, horses “disobey”, buck and run when they’re in pain. Who wants a poorly-fitted saddle thrown on their back?  It’s really important to buy the right type of saddle for the type of riding you do most.  Then you need to look for specific features that ensure comfort for you and the horse.  I horse won’t respond well when its saddle doesn’t fit.  I have a lot of articles on my site about saddle fit and other informative posts that are helpful.  Please stop by again. 

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