Western

Guide to Western Saddles, Types, Styles, Sizing, Fitting, and Care.

Do you have a need for SPEED! Then you have found it in the sport of barrel racing. Barrel racing is a rodeo event in which horse and rider cover a clover-leaf pattern around three barrels. While youths and men do compete in this sport, it is predominately a sport competed by women. The purpose of the sport is to complete the pattern in the fastest time possible without knocking the barrels over. This requires perfect horse and rider timing around these tight turns. Barrel racing horses need to be fast, strong, agile, smart to maneuver the course and arc the barrels. To compete in barrel...
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Featuring: Western Pleasure / Trail Saddle           The western pleasure/trail saddle is designed for riders who are intersted in a pleasure riding and trail ridding. This saddle is also great for beginner or novice riders, as the deeper seat offers security as well as comfort. The Seat           The western pleasure/trail saddle is designed with long hours in the saddle in mind. The seat is typically padded and the depth of seat ranges from medium, to a deep seat. The Position          A pleasure-trail saddle will place the rider in a position that is relaxed and comfortable. The...
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...
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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...
  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...
A Post About Stirrups Since the invention of treed saddles stirrups have been a big part of riding. Originally just a loop of leather to stick a toe into, they have evolved and are continuing to evolve today. Stirrups are about safety and easier control of the horse, while making it easier for the rider to stay on. The stirrups we know today come in a huge variety of styles, materials and sizes. Most are attached to the saddle with some kind of adjustable leather, which is easy to adjust to fit the size of the rider. The Western Stirrup On western saddles the stirrups are attached to a...
Horse Saddle Rigging Unleashed! When riding western style most people know about the latigo and cinch straps. They are essential to keeping the saddle in position on the horses back, and therefor keeping the rider secure as well. A lot of people have also heard about the different ways to “rig” their saddles, but which is best and what is it used for? Those are the questions we are trying to answer here. So first a little information. First we will cover the placement and types of attachments. There are few current types of hardware for the rigging to attach to: “D”, Three-way, open three-way...
When talking about saddles it is important to know how and why they are the way they are. With saddles form follows function. A saddle's design can make the difference in working and in showing. There are saddles for every discipline in the western horse world. Here are some of the most popular.   Barrel Saddle The barrel saddle is designed for speed events. They have a deeper seat and wide swell/pommel that allows the rider to stay seated and balanced during fast turns. A slightly taller horn makes it easier to hold on to during the turns. It also weighs less than the average western saddle...
How to Fit a Western Saddle Finding a saddle that correctly fits your horse is as important as finding one that correctly fits you. An ill-fitting saddle – one that is too large or too small – causes pain and discomfort that can make your mount ill-tempered and dangerous to ride. Halter your horse and place her in cross-ties or tie the lead rope to a something stable so she can’t move away. Place an old sheet on her back so that you don’t get the saddle dirty. Don’t try fitting a saddle over pads or blankets because that will not give you a true idea if the saddle is right for your horse....
Sit on a hard, wooden chair much as you would a saddle. Keep your back straight and your rear end away from the chair back, with your ears, shoulders, hips and heels in a straight line from top to bottom. Make a mark directly in front of your crotch and directly behind your bottom and measure that distance. That should give you an approximate size of how your body is going to fit in a saddle when you go to your local tack store or look online. Once you get to the tack store, sit in individual saddles as if you were on your horse to determine if they fit and if they are comfortable. A well-...

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