What’s an All Around Saddle?

November 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured Posts, Saddle Types

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 […]

Close Contact Saddles

March 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Saddle Types

Have you heard the term “close contact saddle” and wondered what it meant? The basic goal of a close contact saddle is to eliminate the bulk under a rider’s thighs in order to position his legs closer to the horse. This provides more feel, better leg control, and a more natural leg position. Training and […]

Plastic Western Saddles?

December 19, 2008 by  
Filed under General Saddle Topics, Happenings, Saddle Types

Sound crazy? Well, it’s true. During a short period of time in the 1940’s, the All Western Plastics Company in Nebraska produced plastic saddles. It was a short-lived venture with only 65 saddles produced, but they are a highly collectible item. Wyoming rancher, Tom Harrower, owns 46 of them and is always on the hunt […]

Antique Saddles & Collectible Value

Many, many people email us asking if we can help them identify the maker of their antique saddle and determine it’s value. Unfortunately we don’t have the resources to provide that service. What we can, and do, tell folks is that there are tons of antique saddles out there and very few have any collector […]

Used Western Saddles: Yes, I am talking about them AGAIN

February 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Saddle Buying, Saddle Types

I’m a bit of a broken record. It seems like I’m always talking about buying used saddles, rather than new ones. But I don’t apologize and I won’t stop talking about used saddles. There’s two reasons for this. The first is that one of the wonderful things about western saddles is that, if they are […]

19th Century Miliatry Saddles

Border State’s Leather in Arkansas is a very special type of saddle shop. Owner Doug Kidd produces replicas of 19th century military saddles and also some Revolutionary War and WWI saddles. Kidd’s saddles are considered to be the most historically accurate and authentic saddles available. He uses authentic hand tools and machinery of the period […]

Saddle Tooling Coverage

August 28, 2007 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts, Saddle Types

A carving and stamping design can cover any portion of a saddle. When ordering a saddle from a custom saddle maker you’ll be able to choose the tooling coverage you want. The more coverage, the higher the price. Saddles can be border stamped, full tooled, or partially tooled. Saddle makers have developed a method for […]

Ever Heard of a Mochilla Saddle?

August 12, 2007 by  
Filed under Saddle Parts, Saddle Types

A mochilla is a leather saddle tree covering with slits to allow the fork and the cantle to protrude. The leather covering extended down the sides of the horse to protect the rider’s leg from the horse’s sweat. Mochillas were removable and often had large pockets for storage. Mochilla Saddle Saddles with mochillas came out […]

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