The saddle rack (also called a saddle stand) is a handy tool for storing your saddle and will help maintain its proper shape. Racks come in many varieties to fit different needs and situations. One of them is bound to work for you.
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When choosing a rack there are a few guidelines to follow to provide the most support for your saddle. The stand or wall mount should be tall enough so that the stirrups don't touch the ground which can cause the fenders to bend out of shape. In addition, the top should be wide enough to give the saddle the support it needs. If the saddle is stored on a saddle rack that is too thin the saddle may begin to curl and lose its shape. The best racks will have a contoured top that mimics the shape of a horse's shoulders.
When placing your saddle on a rack, make sure the skirts aren't twisted and that all of the saddle strings and straps are hanging down.
Most saddle racks are utilitarian and quite plain, but some are works of art in their own right. There are many craftsmen who design and build wood saddle stands that are beautiful pieces of furniture and a worthy showcase for collector items or any favorite saddle.
If you'd like to build your own stand, I've found a really great set of saddle stand plans that make it quite easy. The plans cost less than $10 and come with full color photos, complete assembly instructions and a cardboard template. You provide the wood and a few basic tools and you can have a stand that will hold 300lbs or more (depending on the wood) made in less than an hour. The photo to the left shows a stand built from these plans in pine.
Mark, of LilWoodHorse.com, created the plans and he can either email or snail mail them to you. Check out Mark's plans: Saddle Stand Plans