Saddle Seat

saddle seat

The rider’s most significant component of a western saddle is the saddle seat. It will define how comfortable those hours in the saddle will be to a large extent. Seating Structure Everything starts with the “ground seat.” The ground seat is attached to the saddle tree and serves as the foundation for the final saddle … Read more

Saddle Fenders

saddle fenders

Saddle fenders are the lengthy vertical leather strips that run beneath the rider’s legs. They are made to shield the horse’s legs from sweat. Fenders should be constructed of heavy-duty, high-quality leather because they are subjected to a lot of abuse. Saddle fenders are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. The contour of … Read more

Saddle Fit: Fitting the Horse

fitting a horse saddle

The purpose of proper saddle fitting is to find a saddle that is comfortable for both the horse and the rider. But which of the two is more important? Fitting the horse, without a doubt. Let us look at how to fit your horse to the correct saddle. Physical characteristics that influence saddle fit include: … Read more

Saddle Rigging Hardware

saddle rigging hardware

The rings, dees, and plates that link the off billet, flank billets, and latigos to the saddle are known as saddle rigging hardware. The style of rigging a saddle has is determined by its type, arrangement, and location on the saddle. Rigging hardware is essential for securing the saddle and should be of good quality. … Read more

The Latigo Holder

riding a horse

After the latigo has been laced through the ring of the cinch, the latigo holder (also known as the latigo keeper, the cinch strap keeper, and the cinch strap holder) is what keeps the loose end of the latigo. It is usually made of leather and bears the name or mark of the maker.  It … Read more

Endurance Saddle

long trip on a horse

The endurance saddle was created for competitions in which the horse and rider traverse 50 to 100 kilometres in a single day. To be competitive, a rider needs a saddle that is light in weight but strong enough to handle long distances over rough and steep terrain. This saddle is designed for tight touch with … Read more

Parade Saddle

horse in a parade

Parade saddles are made to be noticed. Many are now collector pieces, having been popular in the 1950s and 1960s. These huge saddles were created to maximize the amount of surface area accessible for decorating. With these flashy saddles, there is no such thing as “too much.” While some manufacturers made factory versions, the most … Read more

The Western Saddle Skirts

saddle skirt

Saddle skirts are thick, heavy leather pieces that attach to the underside of the saddle tree bars. The skirts’ functions are as follows: To keep the horse safe from the bars To spread the rider’s weight across a larger surface area To protect the rider from the perspiration of the horse The skirts are constructed … Read more

Western Saddle Cinch Connector Strap

saddle with cinch connecting strap

The front and flank cinches are connected by the cinch connection strap (sometimes known as a cinch hobble). On double rigged saddles, this is a small but crucial piece of equipment. The flank cinch can slip backwards into the horse’s flank without this piece, turning your well-mannered horse into a bucking bronc. This strap should … Read more

The Flank Billets

flank billets

The two flank billets (also known as the back or back billets) secure the flank cinch to the saddle’s rigging rings on each side. These billets are normally manufactured with only one layer of leather, as opposed to the two layers on the off billet, because strength is not as important here as it is … Read more