Saddles

How Saddles Fit It can be challenging to determine what type of saddle for a Missouri Fox Trotter will best suit its unique gaits. It is important to understand the basics of saddle fitting before going shopping. The basic saddle is constructed using a specially sized tree to provide the base structure of the saddle. Traditional trees tend to be constructed of relatively rigid materials, such as fiberglass, wood, rawhide, and even steel. The two most common sizes are semi-quarter horse bars and full quarter horse bars. Essentially, these fit medium-to-wide backed horses with normal or...
Black Gaited Saddle
Selling your used saddle is a great way to clean out the tack room and get a little extra money. There is a large market for used tack in the horse industry, for the same reason that there is a large market for used cars in the United States. Saddles and other items are in high demand, but they can be quite costly new and buying used often gives riders the opportunity to get a good quality item for a fraction of the retail price. Selling a saddle you are no longer using can be beneficial to both buyer and seller. Evaluating Your Saddle Almost all saddles can be re-sold, but how much you can...
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...
Traditional horse saddles were made exclusively out of leather because it was durable, attractive and readily available. As saddle and textile manufacturing has advanced in technology, traditional leather saddles have been joined on the market by saddles that are made from synthetic materials. Before you purchase a saddle, it is important to carefully consider both the benefits and the downsides of each type of saddle and figure out whether a synthetic or leather saddle is the right choice for you.   Leather Saddles   Leather saddles are very traditional in appearance. The most commonly...
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...
Tacking up your horse for the first time can be a little bit intimidating for new riders. We have broken the process down into a simple step by step process to make things a little easier. Step 1: Make sure you groom your horse completely to remove all dirt and debris that may be stuck to his coat. When dirt and grime gets trapped under your saddle pad or girth, it can rub and create painful sores on your horse's skin. Step 2:  Place the western saddle pad on the horse's back, just covering the front of the withers. Make sure the saddle pad is even on both sides of the horse. Step 3:  Lift...
How To Put an English Saddle On a Horse   If you want to ride English, one of the first tasks you will have to accomplish is saddling the horse. Fortunately, putting an English saddle on a horse is a skill that can be mastered fairly easily by most new riders. Step One Groom your horse thoroughly to make sure there is no dirt or debris in the area of the back and barrel where the saddle will go. Trapped dirt can rub and cause the horse to develop sores. Step Two Place your English saddle pad on the horse's back, just barely covering the withers. Make sure the saddle pad is placed so that it...
  How to Measure The Size of a Saddle   Both English and western saddles are measured in inches using the size of the seat. In order to make sure you purchase a saddle that fits you comfortably and properly, you will need to know what size saddle you ride in and how to correctly measure the seat of a saddle. You will need a measuring tape in order to properly measure a saddle.   Measuring a Western Saddle   Step One Place one end of the measuring tape against the center of the pommel of your saddle.   Step Two Stretch the measuring tape directly across the seat of the saddle to the center of...
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...
The clothing requirements for showing in Western classes are pretty much the same across all breeds. Cowboy boots, jeans, belts, long sleeved shirts or jackets, and a cowboy hat are the base requirements for most shows. More formal shows may require chaps and a ties or scarves depending on the class. While the requirements are the same, what is different between breeds, and even classes within a breed, is the style of certain clothing items. For instance, cowboy hats used on the Arabian or Walking Horse show circuit have a different length and style brim than what is used by Quarter Horse...

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