Saddle Patina

January 3, 2012 by  
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Do you angst over every scrape, stain, and wear pattern on your saddle? There’s no doubt that a good saddle is expensive, so it certainly makes sense to take good care of it. But a saddle is meant to be used and not simply placed on display. A saddle is first and foremost an object […]

Custom Saddle Pricing

December 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured Posts, General Saddle Topics

If you’ve ever pined for a quality custom saddle made just for you, to your exact specifications, you’ve probably discovered that they don’t come cheap. Quality custom saddles that use quality materials (i.e. wood tree, premium leather, stainless steel or brass hardware) and quality craftsmanship techniques with no shortcuts, and are created by an experienced […]

Our Fave Western Riding Books For Your Holiday Gift List

December 8, 2011 by  
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I love books. I love to receive them as gifts, and I love to give them as gifts. I thought you might feel the same way, so I’m sharing my favorite western riding books. A great selection for the cowboy or cowgirl on your holiday list this year. And you just might want to circle […]

What’s an All Around Saddle?

November 7, 2011 by  
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We see folks misunderstanding this saddle type quite a bit. To many people, an All Around saddle sounds like just the ticket – it will work for whatever type of riding I do, they reason. Just like its name says … it’s an All Around, right? Well, actually, that’s not the case. An All Around […]

Slippery Saddles

February 7, 2009 by  
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I receive a fair amount of mail asking me what causes slippery saddles and how to deal with them. I have to be a bit delicate in my answer because the culprit is invariably a low quality saddle. Slippery saddles are almost always caused by a finish that some saddle manufacturers put on their saddles. […]

Saddlemaking Video: Start to Finish

The saddlemaking process is fascinating and complex. Keith Valley, an accomplished saddle maker, has created this wonderful time lapse photo slide show that documents the making of a saddle from start to finish. This is definitely a “must-see” for western riding enthusiasts. If you’re interested in learning more about saddlemaking, you’ll also want to check […]

Saddle Repairs & Alterations: Saddle Specialists Only

January 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured Posts, Saddle Tips

We receive quite a few inquiries from folks looking for somewhere to have their saddle repaired or altered (i.e. their fenders shortened). The advice we always provide is to seek out a local saddlemaker. Most saddlemakers, in addition to building custom saddles, will also do repairs and alterations. It’s important to have someone very knowledgeable […]

Cheap Saddles Aren’t Cheap

November 14, 2008 by  
Filed under Featured Posts, Saddle Buying

The tough economic times we’re experiencing has all of us looking for ways to cut back and be more frugal. When shopping for saddles it can seem that the best buy is a new, cheaper saddle. But that’s a decision that can end up being a costly mistake. Cheap saddles are cheap for a reason. […]

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