Where to Find Used Western Saddles

I’m a huge fan of buying saddles used. I’d rather ride a high quality, used saddle than a shiny, new, low quality saddle any day. Since a high quality saddle doesn’t come cheap, often the only way they fit into the budget is to buy them "previously owned."  Below is a list of some of […]

Natural Horsemanship Masters

January 7, 2008 by  
Filed under Hall of Fame, Resources

I’m a big fan of the “natural horsemanship” school of horse training. That can be a pretty fuzzy definition these days but I basically view it as the approach that recognizes the horse’s inherent nature and psychology, and works with that in training to foster a willing partnership between horse and human. As a perpetual […]

Saying Goodbye to a Friend

December 28, 2007 by  
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My horse, Skip, has been in and out of quite a few different horse herds. While he adapts easily and gets along well, he never was overly attached to any individual horse. That was up until he met Chester two years ago. From the moment of their first meeting, these two older guys were inseperable. […]

Saddle Brand & Quality: What’s the Connection?

The question we’re asked the most by our readers is some version of "Is {fill in the name of a saddle brand} a good brand?" or "What’s the best brand for a {fill in a riding activity} saddle?" We so wish that we had a nice simple answer, but saddle quality and suitability is much […]

Dale Harwood’s “The Art of Saddle Making”

December 2, 2007 by  
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Dale Harwood is a western saddle making legend. His saddles are the standard that most saddle makers measure themselves against. Now Dale is sharing his methods and artistry in a new four hour, two disc DVD set called "The Art of Saddle Making." The DVD set is a start to finish view into the making […]

Eclectic Horseman

October 7, 2007 by  
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I subscribe to most of the horse magazines and each month I pore over them. It’s amazing how much there is to know. One magazine that is unique and really stands out, though, is "Eclectic Horseman." Eclectic Horseman has both a very rich website and a bi-monthly print magazine. The magazine isn’t as shiny and […]

George Holt – 2007 Saddlemaker of the Year

Oh, we are busting our buttons here in Dillon, Montana! Our very own resident master saddlemaker, George Holt, has been awarded the Academy of Western Artists’ prestigious Saddlemaker of the Year award for 2007. Past winners of this award have included a who’s who of the top western saddlemakers – Don King, Steve Mecum, Don […]

How Should You Place a Saddle on the Ground?

When a saddle isn’t on a horse, the best way to store it is on a saddle stand or rack. But what do you do when when you’re away from the barn and need to set your saddle down temporarily on the ground or in a vehicle? The best techniques will avoid these three pitfalls […]

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