Saddles

Thanks to their surefootedness and gentle nature, draft horses are becoming more popular as everyday riding horses. Their large size contributes to a smooth feel, and their muscular frames lend them impressive stamina. Many who ride these big beauties prefer the security a draft horse western saddle offers. If you’re among them, you’ll appreciate these tips for selecting a saddle that fits you and your riding partner. Before beginning the process of selecting your draft horse western saddle, be sure that your mount is at least five years old. Unlike some other horses who develop at a younger...
Hit the trail or head to an event, and you’re likely to see more than a few synthetic western saddles. These awesome saddles are becoming more popular, and you might be considering picking one up for everyday use. There are quite a few reasons these saddles are gaining favor. Let’s take a look. Stylish Some colors just don’t come naturally. True, we carry colorful western saddles made of leather, but the synthetics represent less of an investment while allowing you to ride in trendy style. Kids particularly enjoy the many designs available, as do fun-loving adults. Think purple, pink, zebra,...
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...
For many kids, western saddles are the first they’ll ever ride in. Buying a saddle – even a pint-sized one – is a major decision and a bit of an investment. Before making this important purchase, it is a good idea to do a little homework. Pick a Size Just like a full-size saddle for adults, a kids’ western saddle needs to fit the child and the horse he or she will be riding. If your child is riding a full-size horse, consider our kids seat quarter horse saddles, which are built on average size quarter horse trees with youth seat sizes. A very small child or toddler will fit in a 7 to 8 inch...
So, you’re looking for a cheap saddle. Almost invariably, someone is going to tell you that you’re wasting your money by looking at saddles that don’t eat up your entire paycheck! We’re here to reassure you, and put the naysayers to rest. While it is certainly true that there are lots of cheap saddles that are doomed to make their way into the waste stream within a short period of time, there are plenty of others that will provide you and your horse with a comfortable ride for years to come. How to Choose a Cheap Saddle There are a few ways to get your hands on a reliable saddle without...
Just like horse saddles, pony saddles come in a variety of configurations designed for different uses. Meant to fit horses up to about 14 hands high, pony saddles are usually made to fit children and small statured adults. With shorter stirrup leathers or fenders, smaller stirrups, and of course, smaller seats, they look like diminutive versions of their larger, horse-sized counterparts. Popular Styles in Pony Saddles The most common types of pony saddles are English and Western. English pony saddles are extremely lightweight, so it is very easy for kids to saddle up by themselves after they...
Take a look at Australian saddles and tack, and you’ll immediately notice that they offer a unique appearance. Lighter and more compact than comparably sized leather western saddles, “Aussie” saddles are comfortable for horses to wear, even on long rides. Here are more reasons it’s worth getting to know Australian saddles and tack. A Quick History When British settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, they brought horses and tack along with them. How else could they have gotten around? Soon enough, they realized that Australia’s challenging terrain was no match for English saddles, which were...
Australian Saddles and Tack have Built-in Features for Comfort and Safety
Your horse saddle is more than just a comfortable seat for you to ride in: it’s also a major piece of safety equipment. While you probably know that accidents can happen no matter how careful you are, it definitely pays to protect yourself by keeping tabs on your equipment. An investment of just a few minutes is all it really takes to make sure that your horse’s saddle and tack are in good condition before each ride. Here are some important tips for staying safer on horseback. Watch for Problems Caused by Wear and Tear Check your equipment carefully on a regular basis, making it an important...
Start shopping for saddles for sale, and in the blink of an eye you’ll find lots of attractive options to choose from. We’ll save discussions about types and styles of saddles for a different day; for now, let’s talk about the pros and cons of leather vs. synthetic saddles. Price Price is definitely one of the first considerations most riders make when looking at different saddles for sale, both online and off. If it’s the deciding factor for you, consider looking at synthetic saddles over leather ones. Synthetics are almost always priced a bit lower. Of course some synthetics do cost more...
Proper saddle fit leads to a balanced, safe ride for you, and it lets your horse work comfortably. If your horse pins his ears, flings his head, and wrings his tail while you’re on his back, or if he tries to bite you or the saddle while you’re tacking up, it’s extremely likely that the saddle you’re using fits poorly and causes pain. This is dangerous – and probably uncomfortable – for you, and it can permanently damage your horse’s back. Lastly, there’s no way a horse wearing an ill-fitting saddle is able to do his best on the trail or in the show ring. Look for these six signs that your...

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