Saddles

                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...
Within the world of saddles, there are many different types, shapes, and sizes. Each saddle containing its own style, design, and color. The many different parts of the saddle, the stirrups, seat, girth, and horn all work together to accomplish the task of the rider. But one of the most important parts of the saddle, is the seat. The seat of the saddle is the section that keeps the rider balanced, stable, and comfortable. The seat provides the main comfort for every rider. If the seat isn't comfortable, the rider isn't comfortable.Just like saddles, the saddle seat comes in many different...
Northwood Saddlery is a brand that manufactures high-quality handmade ranch and trail saddles.   Specializing in durable and sturdy saddles, Northwood Saddlery strives to create saddles that will last a lifetime.  Designers of Northwood Saddlery blend equal parts comfort and traditional style.   The saddle designs are classic, but the technology that goes into every saddle is innovative.  Northwood Saddlery is at the forefront be designing bio-mechanically sound saddles to suit your ranch and trial needs.  So if you looking for innovative comfort and fit with a classic look, then consider a...
Flash Saddlery is a brand that provides high-end handmade saddles for the western show ring and the barrel racing ring.  The Flash Saddlery brand saddles are designed by equestrians for equestrians.  Who better to know the fashion trends and desired features in a saddle then your fellow riders?  The saddle designs undergo an extremely strenuous testing before any saddle undergoes final production.  All Flash Saddlery saddles are designed and tested in the United States.    Flash Saddlery works on the forefront of saddle technology.  One can say that Flash Saddlery designers are the innovators...
The exact date of the domestication of horses is in dispute, but could have possibly occurred as early as 4000 BC.  The first known saddle-like equipment was used by the Assyrian cavalry around the year 700 BC.  This saddle-like equipment was a type of cloth pad.   These cloth pads were attached around the horse with a girth or surcingle.  They typically included breast straps and cruppers to aid in keeping the pad in place.    From early evidence saddles were a symbol of status for their owner.  It was a way to show off one’s wealth.  These embellishments included sewn patterns or leather...
Wade Tree Roper Ranch Work Style Pleasure Saddle
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 draft horse is a large and heavy type of horse. They were initially bred for such farming tasks as plowing, hauling, and driving. They are the original work horse. There are a wide number of different breeds of draft horse. The most common include the Clydesdale, Belgium, Shire, and the Percheron. All these different breeds vary in characteristics such as color and size. Draft horses are known for their tall stature and muscular build. The average height ranges from 16 to 19 hands and from 1400 to 2000 pounds. The largest horse on record stood 21.2 hands. Their shoulders are more upright...
Draft Horse
There are several different roping sports, the two most popular are team roping and calf roping.   Team Roping: Team roping can also be called heading and healing and is a rodeo event. There is a team of two mounted riders and one steer. The first roper is known as the header. The header is the horse and rider team that ropes the front of the steer, typically around the horns. The second horse and rider team is the heeler. Their job is to rope both hind feet of the steer. The run plays out like this. There is a barrier line across the horse and rider teams. The steer is attached to an easy...
cowboy roping a steer
The western sport of cutting is where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate and keep separate a single cow from herd of cattle. The cutting horse must possess the innate ability for “cow sense”. They are highly athletic, can turn sharply, and can respond quickly. The sport of cutting is open to any breed of horse, but the American Quarter Horse is the most preferred. During a run when a cow is separated from the herd and tries to return to the herd, the rider will loosen the reins and allow the horse to keep the cow separated. As a cow turns, the horse will turn with it....
          The western sport of reining is a competition where riders guide their horse through a pattern of circles, spins, and stops. Often called the western equivalent to dressage, reining became a FEI-recognized sport in the year 2000. Now the sport is competed worldwide, including at the World Equestrian Games. All the work that is done in the pattern is done at a lope and a gallop. For the challenging movements, such as the sliding stop and the spin, horse and rider must be harmoniously in tune with each other. Much like with dressage, the reining rider’s aids should not be easily seen...
Leather Horse Hand Carved Reining Trail Saddle

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