Savior Saddle Racks

November 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Saddle Accessories

I’ve recently discovered a nifty saddle rack that is now a must-have in my tack room. The Savior Saddle Rack is a very creative design that creates a wonderful home for a valued saddle. It’s a bit pricey at $110, but it delivers a lot for the price. Curved to evenly support your saddle and […]

Saddle Pad Storage: The Right Way

November 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Saddle Accessories, Saddle Tips

Does this sound familiar? You come in from a ride and unsaddle your horse. Your saddle pad is wet with your horse’s sweat, so you flip it upside down and place it on top of your saddle to dry out. That’s what I used to do. That is, until I got a good talking to […]

Piggin’ Strings

March 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Accessories

A funny name, but a handy little thing to have on your saddle. A piggin string is a short, narrow rope used mainly to hogtie a calf or steer for doctoring, branding, or competitive rodeo events. But it also has a number of other handy uses. You can use the string to help close a […]

Breast Collar Fit

February 5, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Accessories

Breast collars are generally one-size-fits all. Sizing is done through adjustment of the straps. A properly adjusted collar will have the rig straps lying above the points of the shoulder and will allow you to slide your hand between the straps and the horse. Many riders have a tendency to have their collars too loose […]

Nightlatch: You Should Have One On Your Saddle

October 24, 2008 by  
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Have you ever seen a strap on the front of a western saddle that attaches around the fork and wondered what it was? Well, I’ve ridden with one for many years without knowing that it’s called a nightlatch. You’ll also hear them called a safety strap or a security strap. But their original name was […]

Cleaning Your Saddle Pad

The end of the summer season is a good time to think about cleaning your saddle pads and blankets. Hair, dirt, sweat and assorted crud all build up over time. If it isn’t cleaned off it can cause irritation to your horse and damage to your pads and blankets. Before each use, you should always […]

Saddle Pads Don’t Last Forever

December 19, 2007 by  
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A well cared for quality saddle can last for a long, long time. Not so with saddle pads. Pads and blankets are one saddle accessory that should be checked and replaced regularly. While good care will extend the life of your pad or blanket, you’ll still need to replace them periodically. If you don’t, you’re […]

Are Seat Savers For Sissies?

November 24, 2007 by  
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In the first installment of our series "Are you a Sissy?", we looked at mounting blocks. Now we turn our attention to seat savers, also known as seat covers, pads, or cushions. Many hard core western riders, would answer a definite "YES!" to the question "Are you a sissy if you use a seat saver?" […]

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