Here is a brief description of the parts of a western saddle.
The parts of a Western saddle.

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Not only is your saddle tree a custom size for you and your horse, but the finishes are also all custom to your tastes and preferences. Create a design that defines you! 

Each of our saddles is individually handcrafted and tooled using quality American Bridle leather. This is where you get creative, choose your size, leather colours, and conchos, then consider options for stirrups, tooling, buck stitch, bags, bridle breast collar, saddle pad, etc.  After that, your beautiful saddle will do the talking!

Have a look through our Saddle Gallery for ideas. You can also go through our saddle order form below to see all the options; there is no commitment to a saddle purchase until we have spoken with you and received a saddle deposit that puts you on our build list.

Ask your questions at the end of the form, or give us a call if you need help. Al (403) 816-5251  Sue (403) 816-8404 

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Seat Size

Western saddle seats are traditionally measured from the top of the cantle to the back of the fork. Using this method, a change of fork or cantle angle will give a different seat size measurement without any actual seat change.

The thigh area, measured from the base of the cantle to the bottom of the swells, is a more accurate measurement. To measure your seat size enter the circumference of the thickest part of your thigh, measured in inches, in the first box below. The second box will compute the suggested thigh Length.

. You can select your seat size by the traditional measurements or thigh length.


If you select a Cutback, English, Endurance or wade style saddle, your thighs can slip forward beneath the forks, providing an additional inch of seat space. Great for short-backed horses.


Fork  Style

The fork or swell is the saddle’s front member, providing functionality and style. We have swell and slick forks with and without undercuts or horns. The pictured saddles are   shown with various options added and are not representative of the base saddle 


Horn or no Horn

The tree swells above arrive with their respective horns. If you do not want a horn, please let us know; we can remove the horn from any fork.


Cantle Height

Higher cantle height makes getting in and out of the saddle more difficult, but it also provides more security, keeping you in the saddle during those moments.


Cantle Binding

Select the finish for the cantle edge.


Skirt and Reveal Style

Round or Square? 
A layer of accent leather is added to the bottom skirt with a reveal to improve its appearance. Using no reveal on a short-backed horse will help shorten the overall length of the saddle. On endurance and English-style saddles, the reveal is not available.

Primary Leather Colour

Bridle leather finishes with a waxy feel and a lovely sheen. Following the vegetable tanning process, the leather is hot stuffed with oils and tallows that penetrate the hides, resulting in a smooth, rich cut that is weather-resistant. Following the tanning process, the leather is drum-dyed for uniform colouring. The artisanal tanning process distinguishes vegetable leather from leather produced by other types of tannages. With vegetable tanning, colours undergo an oxidation process. Their colour will get darker with time, or they can move to a brownish tone, mainly if the items they produce are used outdoors. So please expect a colour variation as time goes by.

Variations in colour, pattern, and style are possible due to the nature of leather. Our leather swatches and photos are only a close representation of the actual leather. We cannot guarantee the cut of our patterned leathers because no two are alike. (All colours are approximations)


Seat Leather Colour

Variations in colour, pattern, and style are possible due to the nature of leather. Our leather swatches and photos are only a close representation of the actual leather. We cannot guarantee the cut of our patterned leathers because no two are alike. (All colours are approximations)


Accent Bridle Leather Colour

Saddle strings, swell and cantle lacing, concho backs, buck stitch, stirrup lacing, bridle, breast collar lacing, and reveal colour are all in the accent leather colour.


Rough Out

rough out choice

 

Rough-out refers to the rough, unfinished leather side. It hides cuts and scrapes better than smooth leather and can provide more grip in the saddle. To refurbish, use a wire brush. All parts will be slick-out unless otherwise noted here.

 

 

 

 


Buck Stitch

border area

 

You can add a stitched lace border on its own or with a tooled edge. The Accent Bridle Leather Color you selected will be used for the buck stitch. +600.

 

 

 

 

 


Border

border areaYou can add a tooled border by choosing the design below +600.

 

 

 

 

 


Tooling

Select how much tooling you want in this section, then select the pattern you prefer in the following area. Tooling can be used alone or with your chosen border and buck stitch options. There are no endurance or English swells available.


Tooling design

Choose a tooling design for the tooling area from above- not available on the endurance and english swells


Antique Finish

Antique finish emphasizes tooling, carving and embossing, 2-toned effect. This works best with lighter-colored leather. 


Conchos

Conchos are backed with one large accent leather-coloured rosette and one smaller saddle leather-coloured rosette.


Fender Length

We employ a stirrup mechanism with a single strap that can be moved forward and backward to position the stirrup. The fenders float over the strap and have limited adjustment. You must pick the proper stirrup length. 

Please take a barefoot measurement from your crotch to the ground. The inseam of your favourite pants is not always an accurate measurement. Unlike other stirrups, you will not be able to adjust your stirrups beyond the stated lengths.

 


Stirrups

We stock several types of stirrups or use your favourite.


Rigging Style

We use a cable rigging system on our trees. We can add a western-style latigo and off-side billet, as well as an english-style two-strap billet.


Saddle Accessories

Click on the accessory category of interest one ar a time  to see the option.


Matching Breast Collar

Measure from the center of your horse’s chest to the saddle D rings. The horse’s windpipe is just under the skin where the base of the neck meets the center of the chest.

The Tiedown strap is measured from the center of the chest to the ring on the cinch.


Shipping

Do you want to Pay additional fees for shipping insurance in case of a loss; we do not cover losses once items leave our shop. 


Personal Information

Personal Information

The Order Form is the best method of showing you each custom saddle option. Please fill it out as best as possible; the form will forward copies to you and me to discuss. You have no obligation or cost.

The form shows a summary of your selection upon completion only if a price is attached to each item. I have added a cost of $0.01 to all No Cost Items for clarity. These will be removed from your invoice. 


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Something unique or new not covered above, Please give me a call at 403-816-5251


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