Saddles

     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-...
How to fit a saddle for a Child or Youth.        If saddle size is important for adults it is doubly important for kids. When children are riding they are often still learning and developing skills needed to effectively ride and control a horse. Having a proper fitting saddle will aid the rider in maintaining the proper position and add to the riders security.      Many people want a saddle that is larger than the youth or child rider. This does work but if the child is doing any kind of speed activity’s then a proper fitting saddle is necessary. A child’s saddle needs to be able to support...
     An increasingly popular breed, the American Saddlebred, has a show style that is all its own. The American Saddlebred can be shown “in-hand”, under a cut back saddle, traditional saddle seat with a full bridle, in cart classes, hunt seat, and western. The versatile Saddlebred can do it all. In strictly Saddlebred associated shows, there are a number of things that are a little different. The biggest difference is the crowd. Often, the crowd is full of people yelling, hooting, wooping and cheering for their favorite horses. As oppose to a dressage show where no one makes a sound until the...
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Western Show Saddles and Tack It is getting to be that time of year again! Time to brush off the winter woolies and get you and your horse ready for summer show season! Are you and your tack ready? The Western show world changes season to season with what is “in-style”, but there are some classics that just can't be beat.   Western Show Saddles If you are showing in Western Pleasure, Western Riding, Western Horsemanship and even some trail classes, you are going to need a show saddle. Western show saddles vary in color, but the most popular with AQHA seems to be very light oil saddles, with...
Flash Lightning Bolt Saddle
  “English” is a very broad term for a style of riding that really has many variations. Just like how within “Western” riding there is barrel racing, show pleasure, trail, ranch work, reining, cutting etc, within the broad term of “English riding there are many subcategories also. Some of the main disciplines are Dressage, Show Jumping, Hunter Jumper, 3 Day Eventing and Saddle Seat. Each discipline has its own set of rules and standards, as well as ideal equine qualities. Dressage Dressage is an elegant, competitive sport, often called “horse ballet”. It has standardized progressive...
Every one can enjoy looking at a well made western saddle. The shape, the color, the way it feels, and mostly the way it looks. The amount of time that goes in to making a western saddle can be tremendous. Hand carved or tooled saddles are beautiful pieces of art work. There are many different kinds of tool work and hand carving for saddles. When shopping for a new saddle or describing a saddle to a friend you should know the proper terms for some of the most common tool work patterns, hand carved effects.         The idea of decoration the saddle comes from the Mexicans. Looking good was as...
Types of Leather for Saddles           In the interesting world of saddles there are many different shapes, sizes, colors and makes. Each design is purpose built to aid the rider and horse in that specific discipline. There are some general terms that mean the same thing through out the saddle world. Suede being one of the most common terms applied to saddles, specificity the seats. However, there are more than just one term, here we will detail the meaning behind the words in the world of saddles.   Leather Types               When referencing saddles, the type of leather comes up a lot...
Buying a New or Used Saddle                 The horse, there is a saying, “don't put the saddle before the horse”. Well take it literally. The saddle is what holds you to the horses back. It must fit the horses back for it to safely and effectively hold you on. That being said, horses are NOT just one size fits all. There are wide backs, narrow backs, long and short. In short, horses come in all shapes and sizes. To fit a saddle well you need to know a few things about your horses back. A wither tracing can help determine the first question of what size.               Measure the gullet of a...
  The History of the Australian Saddle   When the English settled in Australia they brought with them the horse and saddle to a rough and rugged country. The saddle changed to better suit the harsh environment. The saddle differs little today from its predecessor. The main difference is the addition of the “poleys” or padded knee pads. Now a days some Australian Stock Saddles also feature horns.  Another major difference is the use of the over girth. This allows the rider to get the girth tighter to eliminate slippage and as a back up should a billet strap break.Like the English saddle...
  History Of The Western Saddle   The western saddle has a long and very interesting history. Common belief is that the western saddle is American in design and development, truth be told however the saddles original design came from the Dark Ages and Moorish horseman. As the Moors invaded other countries they brought their style of saddle with them, it had a high cantle and fork and longer stirrups. The Spaniards took up on this style of saddle and bough them over to the New World. As they expanded the saddle changed to be more of a tool for the working cowboys. The most notable change was...

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