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Western saddles have a number of different parts that make the saddle both functional and effective. It is important for riders to know the parts of the saddle in order to determine the correct saddle size they need and learn how to tell the different types of western saddles apart.     Horn: Western saddles are most easily identified by their horns. The horn is positioned on top of the pommel on the front of the saddle. The traditional purpose of the horn is to provide extra support for the rider as well as for use as place for lassos and other equipment. Pommel: Also known as the swell...
It’s always exciting to get a new “ride,” but inevitably, the question of “What size western saddle do I need?” arises. You might already know that all western saddles come with a specific seat size, measured in inches. In general, the following western saddle size rules apply: Youth – 12” to 13” (Be sure to see our guide to fitting kids’ western saddles if looking for a child’s size) Small adult – 14” Average adult – 15” Large adult – 16” Extra large adult – 17” Very large or tall – 18” to 20” If you fit somewhere between sizes, you will probably find that you are able to...
               Finding the right saddle fit can be a frustrating process. There are so many different measurements that have to take place in order to find the right saddle that is going to suit both you and your horse. For the horse measurement you need to measure his withers, his back length, as well as his body structure. For the rider, you have to first determine what type of saddle you will be using (i.e. Western or English). Once you know what type of saddle you will be riding/purchasing, you can then figure out the appropriate measurements that you will need for yourself! For the rider...
The Parts of an English Saddle       Learning how to correctly name and identify the parts of an English saddle is a basic part of learning to ride. All of the parts of the saddle serve a function that helps make the saddle comfortable and effective.   Pommel: The pommel of the saddle is the area at the front of the saddle where the bars and the gullet of the tree come together. Cantle: The cantle forms the back of your English saddle. It is also the back of the seat. It is turned up slightly on most models in order to help support the rider. Seat: The seat of an English saddles is...
Step 1: Take the stirrup iron and slide it onto the stirrup leather.   Step: 2 Then buckle the stirrup leather, by sliding the end through the top slot of the buckle.         Step3: Then slide the stirrup leather onto the stirrup bar just behind the buckle on the leather.  The stirrup bar is a metal piece located under the small flap on the side of your saddle.  You may need a hoof pick to help you lift the stirrup bar and slide the leather on.                                       Step 4: Check to make sure that the stirrup is hanging correctly and that there are no twists in the leathers...
An improperly fitting saddle can be very uncomfortable to ride in. It can also negatively affect your riding position because it is difficult to sit properly in a seat that is too small or too large for you. Once you know your ideal saddle seat size, it is fairly easy to find a saddle that will fit you properly, regardless of your preferences in saddle type and style. English, Western and Australian saddle seats are measured in inches, though they are sized differently due to the shape of the seats. The most effective way to figure out what size saddle you need is to try sitting and riding...
Horse Speeds and Gaits A horse's walk is a basic four beat gait. The walk is the slowest gait. A trot is the next speed up from walk, it is a two beat gait where the horses front and back legs move in sync. The trot is the equine equivalent to jogging, and is in fact referred to as a jog in some disciplines. The canter, also called lope, is a three beat gait that is faster than trot but not a full gallop. A gallop, which is what race horses are doing on the race track, is the fastest gait. It is a four beat gait. This is the gait that should be referred to as running. Uninitiated riders often...
Horse Galloping
Step 1: Pull back flap near knee blocks and slide the fender loops onto the stirrup bars.  Make sure that your fenders are hanging correctly on the saddle.                                                                               Step 2: Take the over girth and place over the pommel of the saddle.  The d-ring side should be on the left side of the saddle and the strap with the holes should be on the right side of the saddle.                                                     Step 3: Then insert the over girth sides through the saddle flaps...
Western vs. Australian So what gives? What makes one riding style better or worst than the other? Horse people are notoriously passionate about their riding style and discipline. We tend to back up our preferred style. That being said where is there an unbiased look into the different styles of riding, styles, and disciplines? Well here is one. Each discipline has its advantages and some disadvantages. Making the decision on what riding style you would like to pursue takes time and a willingness to try new things. For a western rider to switch to English there is a lot of different terms and...
A quick search of the internet reveals loads of barrel saddles for sale, some in flashy colors, some inexpensive, and some that are definitely worthy of a pro rodeo rider. In this guide to choosing a barrel saddle, we'll provide you with important tips and insight for selecting the one that's right for you and your favorite racing partner. The Right Saddle Makes A Difference Some sites offering barrel saddles for sale place a heavy focus on the overall look of the saddle and accompanying tack, but fail to pay close attention to what really matters: the way the saddle fits your horse, and the...
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     Shopping for saddles is hard enough with out having to deal with size.  When it comes down to it the Australian Stock saddle has a size system that in far different than that of western or English saddles.  Here are some helpful hits on how to obtain the perfect fit in an Australian stock saddle. Know how the Aussie saddle is measured.     The Aussie saddle is measured from the front of the pommel(front of saddle) to the very top center of the cantle(back of the seat).  This measurement in inches is the size of the saddle.    2.  With the http://www.saddleonline.com/Australian-...
Like with western horse saddles, English horse saddles can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.   Each type of English saddle is designed with a certain purpose in mind.  Like a barrel saddle is designed with barrel racing in mind.  For example a dressage saddle is designed with dressage in mind.  In this article the different types of English saddles will be explained and what each saddle purpose is and how it designed to suit that purpose.  The All-Purpose Saddle (or Eventing Saddle):  The all-purpose English saddle is designed like its name implies, to be an all-around saddle...
Tan Leather English Horse Saddle Tack Pad Package
The Missouri Fox Trotter is a gaited horse breed that originated in the US state of Missouri. The Trotter is best known for its ambling gait, which is known as the “fox trot”. Hence this is how the Missouri Fox Trotter got its name. The Trotter is used mainly for pleasure and trail riding due to their easy nature, surefootedness, and smooth gait.    The Missouri Fox Trotter was first developed from several gaited horse breeds that were brought to the Missouri state from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia by earlier settlers. The horse breeds that helped to influence the trotter included...
Missouri Fox Trotter Horse
Eager to try an Australian stock saddle for yourself, but not quite sure how to choose one that fits your horse (and you) perfectly? The following guide to fitting an Australian saddle will help you get it right. Gullet Size Matters As with English and Western saddles, gullet size matters greatly in keeping the weight of the saddle (and rider!) off the horse’s spine. One that’s too wide or too narrow will cause pain and could permanently injure your horse. Luckily, there’s no mystery to measuring the gullet on an Australian saddle; it’s measured the same as the one on the Western or English...
Caring for your tack the right way will extend its life, and with the right product at hand, you’ll find that your saddles, bridles, boots, and other leather goods take on a supple feel and exhibit a soft sheen. Not sure how to use neatsfoot oil on leather? By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll be able to call yourself an expert! Why Neatsfoot Oil Works so Well Take a look at the many leather conditioners on the market, and you’ll notice that only a few of them are all-natural. Neatsfoot oil is one of these.  It lubricates the minuscule fibers inside the leather’s structure,...
Step 1: Remove the Hobble strap from around the fender.                                                 Step 2: Slide the Blevins buckle up, freeing the fender from the holes.                                                                                          Step: 3: Insert the fender into a new set of holes.  This with change the overall length of the stirrups.                                 Step 4: Slide the Blevins buckle back down locking the buckle in place.                                                         Step 5: Buckle the Hobble strap back onto the fender...
The history of the Western saddle is an interesting one, with origins that can be traced all the way back to the dark ages. When Moorish soldiers invaded Spain during the 8th century, they brought their unique riding style – and innovative tack – with them. Designed to stand up to the challenges of mounted battle, these saddles featured high forks and cantles for greater security, plus long stirrups that made it more comfortable to ride in full armor. This saddle – the precursor to the Western saddle of today – was soon adopted by knights and crusaders. From War Saddle to Stock Saddle...
                Buying a saddle can be tuff and frustrating at times. Figuring out how to buy the right saddle, and what to look for, can be tricky for a first time rider or a less experienced rider. With all the different types, models, and sizes within the saddle world, it can get a little overwhelming when trying to purchase the perfect saddle for both you and your horse.  But fear no more! With these ten easy questions, you will be buying saddles like a pro!                1.   What is your budget?                 It is always good to set a nice price budget when looking into purchasing...
           Dedicated equestrians and casual fans of horseback riding will have the opportunity to browse through a variety of saddles, all available for purchase at SaddleOnline. The right saddle can often be enough to make a tremendous difference in the quality of the ride and the different activities that the rider can enjoy. As such, it is important for all individuals to select a comfortable saddle, making sure that it is not only chosen for the specific riding activity, but also sized appropriately to guarantee comfort. Different Range of Sizes           All types of riders are...
                Braiding your horse’s mane can be a great way to keep your horse’s hair from getting dirty and tangled. Braiding of the horse’s mane is also done when entering into the showing circuit for English riding events. Braiding the mane also brings elegance and a clean-cut look when entering the show ring, and It helps to show the curve of the horse’s neck and keeps it out of his face while jumping. Before braiding your horse’s mane, you should always make sure that it is clean and not tangled. You can do this by brushing through your horse’s mane before you start the braiding...