Quarter Horse Bars?

January 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Saddle Fit, Saddle Parts

The tree is the foundation of the saddle and it’s job is to distribute the rider’s weight over the horse’s back, making it more efficient and comfortable for the horse. A tree consists of five basic parts – the two bars that run parallel, the fork that holds the bars together at the front, the […]

Know Your Silver

November 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts, Saddle Tips

Silver is the metal of tradition and choice for saddle decoration and to draw the judge’s attention to you and your horse in the competition ring. However, just because your saddle has silvery metal on the skirt or horn doesn’t mean that it’s really silver. Before you buy a saddle with “silver,” make sure you […]

Rope Strap: Attaching It To The Saddle

September 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts, Saddle Tips

I’ve had a few questions about the rope strap and how it attaches to the saddle. So I asked my friend and Dillon, Montana-based saddle maker, Ross Miller, to provide some more in-depth information. From Ross: A typical cross-over rope strap is between 36″ and 48″ long, based on riders preference. A good standard is […]

Blevins Buckles

September 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts

The length of stirrup leathers are adjusted with the use of “quick change” buckles on most modern saddles. The old timers had to struggle with leather laces that made changing the lengths for different riders a real chore. The most popular quick change buckle is the Blevins buckle. The Blevins buckle has a leather-covered sleeve […]

The Rope Strap

July 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts

I recently received an email from a reader asking about a strap attached to the fork on an old saddle he recently bought. He wasn’t sure what it was and what it was used for. This strap is a saddle rope strap. It’s a narrow strip of leather about 3/4 of an inch wide that […]

Cinch Connecting Strap

May 28, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts

The cinch connecting strap (also called a cinch hobble) connects the front cinch and flank cinch together. This is a small, but important, piece of equipment on double rigged saddles. Without this piece, the flank cinch can slip backwards into the horse’s flank and convert your well-mannered horse into a bucking bronc. You should never […]

Sheepskin 101

April 30, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts

The sheepskin lining on the underside of  the saddle skirts has a dual purpose. It provides extra cushion between the saddle and the horse, and it also helps to keep the saddle blanket or pad in place. Sheepskin first started appearing on western saddles around 1880. The extensive amount of sheep in the American west […]

Stirrup Leathers: Full or Half?

April 16, 2009 by  
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The stirrup leathers are long straps that attach the stirrups to the saddle tree. Traditionally stirrup leathers have always been “full,” meaning the straps went from the tree all the way down to the stirrups. It is another layer of leather under the fender. This style makes for the strongest and most durable construction. It […]

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