CUSTOM WESTERN SADDLE
Why Is It t That Western Saddle Construction Has Not Changed In Hundreds Of Years?
Olympic athletes don’t continue to use the same runners, boats, vaulting poles, etc. that they did when their sports started.
We started researching, studying and testing various materials and designs for all aspects of saddle construction. Some utilized new materials with old ideas and some were new and innovative.
We secured a grant from the National Research Council to build on our experiences and pursue our goals. With that money we designed and redesigned, mixed and poured, tested and rode until he came up with the saddle design and features they were seeking.
A lightweight performance saddle designed for the specific requirements of women or men. It is engineered for the comfort of the horse and rider in the arena or when riding off-the-grid trails. Adventure-seeking riders on a journey know that the right saddle makes all the difference in the world.
/At Easy Fit Saddles measuring your horse for a custom, western saddle means custom fit for horse and rider, along with custom looks. Most custom saddle makers allow you to choose a style and seat size along with the cosmetics: colour, conchos, tooling etc. We go way beyond those basics
Our saddles start with a saddle tree that is custom made to fit your horse’s back type. We use our equine back template system to measure your horse’s back then make, in-house, a custom tree to fit.
Adjustable rigging positions and shim-able bars allow you to maintain the fit through age and fitness cycles.
/Riders also get a custom saddle too. First, we make the tree in an appropriate size and fenders the appropriate length. From there, the rider can adjust the seat angles and width with easy to use seat inserts. Stirrup positions are adjustable forward or back to achieve rider balance and comfort. And of course, you can customize colour, conchos, tooling, etc.
The saddle industry lacks standardization in saddle fit. The terms Quarter Horse, Semi Quarter Horse and Full Quarter Horse mean nothing when comparing between tree companies let alone the shape of horse they will fit. Back drawings in all their various ways have been done for ages, but a common system to measure and communicate the shape of a horse’s back was unheard of until Dennis Lane devised a simple card system for a horse owner enabling them to determine the shape of their horses back and easily communicate this information.
Our North American horses are larger than the typical horse found in warm climates like Australia so we have expanded on Dennis’ idea and developed a full range of cards to better measure our larger North American horses.
The templates are also a useful tool for the owner to monitor the change in the shape of a horse over time and use. The differences in size from spring to summer would help in picking the correct padding, or knowing the saddle could be causing the problem before the dreaded white hairs appear.