Western Saddle Brands

March 28, 2012 by  
Filed under General Saddle Topics

Through the years there have been thousands and thousands of saddle makers. Some are individual craftsman creating saddles one-by-one by hand. Others are¬†sizeable companies producing great numbers of saddles using sophisticated machinery. A few¬†of these companies have been in business for over 100 years. Some are very new to the market. Some companies create a […]

The Western Saddle: A Cowboy’s Most Prized Possession

January 27, 2012 by  
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For a working cowboy in the old American West, a saddle was his most prized possession. Without it, he couldn’t work. So a cowboy might wager away his gun, his spurs, or even his boots, but never his saddle. In the old west, horses were plentiful and cheap. A good saddle was neither. The song, […]

Custom Saddle Pricing

December 22, 2011 by  
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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 […]

Eclectic Horseman’s Saddle Classifieds

July 16, 2009 by  
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If you’re a fan of the buckaroo style saddle and are looking to buy one used, then make sure to check out Eclectic Horseman’s website. They have a classified section where there are usually a number of high quality used buckaroo style saddles. These aren’t inexpensive saddles – usually running $2000 and up – but […]

The Cinching Stretch

After you’ve finished tightening your cinch (Make sure to read about the proper way to cinch a horse), there’s one more step to ensure your horse’s comfort and prevent saddle sores. That’s the Cinching Stretch. Lift and gradually stretch each front leg out in front as far as your horse will allow. If you’re doing […]

Weather Extremes Are Hard on Horse Tack

May 15, 2009 by  
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As the weather starts to turn warm, it’s time to think about some extra TLC for your tack. While leather and synthetic tack will survive climate extremes – cold and heat, dampness and dryness – it won’t thrive in those types of extremes. If you want your tack to last as long as possible and […]

Can You Oil a Saddle Too Much?

May 7, 2009 by  
Filed under General Saddle Topics, Saddle Tips

The answer to this important question is an emphatic YES. Over time, excessive application of oil will break down the fibers in the leather and weaken it. Leather does need oil, but much less than most folks think. Applying a good coat of oil once a year will usually be sufficient. On the other hand, […]

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. […]

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