The Saddle Cantle

What Is A Saddle Cantle?

The cantle is the back of the seat‘s upright part. It binds the bars together at the back of the saddle tree and is an important feature of the saddle tree. It also serves as a backrest and keeps the rider from sliding off the back of the saddle.

Styles Of Cantles

There are several distinct styles to choose from:

  • Height – Saddles in the past were 5-6 inches tall. Most modern saddles are 4 inches tall, while some competition saddles (cutters and ropers) are just 2 inches tall.
  • Angle or Slope – Low, medium, and steep are the three options.The majority of saddles today have a medium slope.
  • Shape – Regular (oval), comfort (flat-topped with rounded corners), and shovel are all options (tall).
  • Dish – The width of the front-facing recess. From almost no dish to a two-inch dish is possible. 1 to 1/2 inch is the most typical size.

A Cheyenne roll is a flat portion that extends backward and down off the backside (said to be called for the location where it was conceived). Most modern saddles come with Cheyenne rolls. Some individuals have the misconception that the Cheyenne role is merely decorative. These guys have apparently never realized how useful the Cheyenne roll is for keeping your back in the saddle at the canter.

Instead of a Cheyenne roll, some saddles have a bead binding. A bead binding and a Cheyenne roll can be seen on some saddles.

The cantle has become an important surface for western saddle adornment in addition to its function. This artwork frequently features intricate carving and bindings.

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