Western saddle

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...
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...
Horse saddles come in an astonishing array of shapes, sizes and colors. Some, such as dressage saddles, show saddles and barrel racing saddles, are designed for very special purposes but can be used for other things, while others, such as all-purpose English, Australian, and Western trail saddles are designed for versatility and comfort, and are useful for a wide array of equestrian activities. Australian Stock Saddles Affectionately known as “Aussies” or “Poleys,” Australian stock saddles come with and without front horns. These saddles are deep-seated and comfortable, with blocks below the...
Horse tack for Western riding offers a distinct look. It’s often beautifully detailed, with showy conchos, interesting inlaid hair on hide embellishments, or even hand-painted designs. If you’re new to the world of Western riding, you might wonder exactly what to purchase. With the right horse tack, your Western riding ensemble will have a complete look, plus you’ll be safer in the saddle. Basic Horse Tack for Western Riding Basic horse tack for Western riding shares some similarities with English tack, however you’ll find some differences between the two when you take a close look. In this...
Western horse tack often has a pleasing, decorative appearance.
Getting a new horse is exciting! Before getting your first horse, be sure that you’ve got all the essentials in place. That way, you’ll be ready to welcome your equine companion home and keep him feeling and looking his best. Here, we focus on horse supplies, so you have items on hand when you need them. Feeding and Watering If your new horse will be boarded, you may not have to pay much attention to supplies for keeping him fed and hydrated. If he’ll be living on your property, be sure that you have a feed tub and a water trough, both of which you’ll find at your local farm supplies store....
Caring for your equine friend is easier with the right horse supplies.
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
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...
  Saddle Care and Maintenance   Purchasing a saddle is a major investment. Learning how to take proper care of your new saddle will help you make the most of your new purchase for years to come.   How to Care for a Leather Saddle   In order to care for your leather saddle properly, you will need to purchase cleaning products that are especially designed for use on leather, such as saddle soap and leather conditioner.   Clean your saddle by applying a small amount of saddle soap onto a damp rag or cloth and then rubbing it gently onto the leather to remove any dirt on the saddle. Allow the...

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