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Saddle Gallery - Production Saddles

Production saddles (also known as factory or manufactured saddles) make up the vast majority of saddles in use today. While they are wholly or mainly built by machine to off-the-rack specifications, they are definitely not all alike. Production saddles represent a wide range of styles, craftmanship and quality.

Below are some wonderful examples of production saddles submitted by our visitors.

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Saddle King of Texas

SADDLE KING OF TEXAS ROPING SADDLE
Kathryn from Ontario, Canada
Kathryn inherited this handsome 30 year old Saddle King of Texas saddle from her late husband. She reports that it is a comfortable ride but quite heavy! Saddle King of Texas is known for making solid, well built working and competition saddles during this era. This one will be a great ride for another 30 years.

1977 Simco Saddle

1977 SIMCO SALINAS CHAMPION SHOW SADDLE
Jennifer from Cambridgeshire, England

This saddle was purchased new in 1977 from a Western Shop in London, England for £350 amd Jennifer purchased it for the same amount from the family of the original owner in 2010. It fits every horse Jennifer has put it on and she still rides it today. Simcos from this period were well made and made to last. The saddle came with a matching breast collar, headstall, reins, saddle bags and a nifty 'pistol' snaffle bit.

Western Show Saddle

SHOW SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Kati from California

Kati tells us that this show saddle has only been riden in about two dozen times by the original owner and has been stored well in a protected area since 1990.  The saddle has a 17 inch suede padded seat, acorn tooling, a dark oil finish, and silver conchos and horn plate. The saddle doesn't carry a maker's mark, but has the look of a number of makers from the 60's-80's such as Simco.

Rocking R Barrel Saddle

ROCKING R BARREL SADDLE
Nick from Minnesota

Nick shared this very light oil Rocking R barrel racing saddle that appears to be brand spanking new. Its flame pattern gives it some pizzazz for the competiton arena.

Dakota Barrel Saddle

DAKOTA BARREL SADDLE
Therese from Sweden

Therese bought this saddle used in 1994 in a Western tack store in Stockholm and sold it in 2010 after 16 years of use. She rode her warmblood trotter and young Nordsvensk trotter in the saddle.


Buckstitch Trail Saddle

BUCKSTITCH TRAIL SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Ron from Holland

Ron submitted this saddle with no information, so can't tell you much about it other than it's a relatively recent saddle and is of the pleasure/trail type.

TEXTAN HEREFORD SADDLE

TEXTAN HEREFORD PLEASURE SADDLE
Rayelle from Alberta, Canada

This Textan Hereford pleasure saddle is a 50th Anniversary edition with a silver horncap. It's in nice condition and was picked up for only $200 from someone who wasn't using it.

Textan Buford Saddle

TEXTAN BUFORD SADDLE
Stefanie from Michigan

Stefanie bought this saddle used at an antiques store about a year ago for $300. That's about the going price for trail saddles from this period from solid makers such as TexTan. Stefanie likes the saddle and plans on holding on to it.

K&BSaddlery Saddle

K&B SADDLERY ROPING SADDLE
Mark from Sweden

Mark has had this solid saddle for eight years and it's stood up to some hard use and is still going strong. He's found it to be a great fit for both himself and his warmblood.

Western Ranch Saddle

ROPING SADDLE FROM UNKNOWN MAKER
Jan from New Hampshire

Jan bought this saddle at a yard sale. It doesn't have a maker mark on it other than a number, which is probably a model/serial number. I suspect the maker's mark probably has fallen off at some point. I believe this to be a production saddle and could be from any number of saddle companies. Brings to mind a Blue Ridge saddle, but have no way of knowing for sure.

Western Saddle From India

SADDLEAGE WESTERN ROPING SADDLE FROM INDIA
Mohammed from India
This is a roping saddle with 7/8 flat plate rigging and extensive tooling.

Vintage Circle Y Buckstitch All Around Saddle

1972 CIRCLE Y BUCKSTITCH SADDLE
Rosemarie from California
This flashy buckstitch saddle is a great example of the wonderful craftsmanship of Circle Y "back in the day." Rosemarie bought this saddle on ebay for a bargain $157, and, when she sadly discovered it didn't fit her horse, resold it on ebay for $900! A great example of the used saddle bargains available online that we're always talking about.

Jennifer Paulson Custom Saddle

EQUINE HOME ROPING SADDLE
Masud from India
This saddle is a handsome roping saddle from the Equine Home company of India. It has full carving and a high cantle.

 Saddle

ROPING SADDLE FROM TAPAQ ENTERPRISES OF INDIA
Ashar from India
This roping saddle is made in India. It has a fiberglass tree, full tooling, and comes in a full range of sizes. The American western and cowboy traditions have become an international phenomenon.

hilason treeless saddle

HILASON MULTI PURPOSE SADDLE
Jim from Texas
From Hilason's treeless saddle line, this is a multi purpose saddle that can be used for trail, pleasure and barrel racing. Jim says it's comfortable for both horse and rider.

alamos saddle

BARREL RACING SADDLE FROM ALAMO SADDLERY
Kathleen from California
Kathleen found this used barrel saddle too good of a bargain to pass up and added it to her aleady sizable saddle collection. What's one more, afterall.

hornlss saddle

TEX TAN POCO REINING SADDLE
Camilla from Denmark
Camilla bought this saddle this year and has found it a good match for her mare. She especially likes the close contact that a reining saddle provides.

western saddle TRAIL SADDLE FROM WESTERN SADDLERY
Michael from England

This is a nice example of typical trail saddle from 20-30 years ago. It's from a maker called Western Saddlery which was based in Lander, Wyoming, but doesn't appear to be in business any longer. Looks a lot like a Simco saddle from that same period.
big horn saddle ROPING SADDLE FROM BIG HORN
Francesco from Italy

This is a classic Big Horn "king series" saddle that has seen some good miles. A good example of how a well made saddle will last. It has a rawhide covered wood tree and very durable leather. While it's a roper, Francesco uses it for trail riding with his Freiberger draft horse. The saddle fits his horse well and has a very comfortable seat.
silver royal saddle SHOW SADDLE FROM SILVER ROYAL
Rhonda from
British Columbia, Canada
A beautiful vintage Silver Royal saddle with an engraved silver name plate on the cantle and other silver trim. Rhonda traded a reining saddle for this beauty and has only had it a couple of days but is already in love. Rhonda won't be parting with it any time soon and says: "I LOVE my new old saddle."
silver royal saddle SHOW SADDLE FROM SILVER ROYAL
Janie from Ontario, Canada

Janie's anxiously awaiting delivery of this good looking vintage show saddle by Silver Royal. Janie and I are both fans of the older saddles. There's just something about their styling and craftsmanship that put most of today's models to shame. From the sounds of it, Janie has collected quite an assortment of vintage saddles.
tex tan saddle TRAIL SADDLE FROM TEX TAN
Gen from Montana

Gen isn't sure what type saddle she has, but we believe it's probably a trail saddle. What makes it tough to decipher is the flat seat, more typical of a cutting saddle than a trail saddle. If anyone has any more information on this saddle please let us know.
crates trail saddle CRATES TRAIL SADDLE
Beth from Montana

I bought this saddle online about three years ago new for about $1000. It's a really nice lightweight and comfortable saddle. Fits my horse well. Crates is one of the top saddle manufacturers operating today. I have a custom saddle that is my main ride now, but I'll always keep this saddle. The small "pockets" (saddlebags) were made by Wes Schenk, a very good custom saddle maker in Harlowtown, Montana.

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