This saddle may not be for everyone . . .
A very long time ago we encountered a man who enjoyed working with leather and let’s just say, the results were interesting. He was fond of stating “my saddles aren’t for everybody”. That became a favorite catch phrase around our shop for anything that was somewhat ‘different’. Well, this saddle fits that description for sure, but at the same time it solves some really thorny issues.
Does the saddle fit the horse, is it in the right position? It’s very easy to tell-there are no skirts to obscure your view-you can see if it fits and if it’s in the right place.
Can I lift it into place without hurting myself or being rude to my horse? I will not compromise when it comes to materials-handcrafted rawhide covered wood tree, Hermann oak leather, the best hardware-but I can make the saddle lighter by eliminating or reducing anything that is not essential for horse or rider. The result is a real saddle that’s several pounds lighter than it would have been had it been built in the usual way. The compact style also makes it a lot less awkward to handle.
In some ways it works a lot better. Without skirts the rider has a much closer, quicker feel of the horse, reaction time is shortened when it no longer has to be translated through added layers of leather and sheepskin. This saddle is ideal for trainers who may have to saddle many horses in a day, for trail riders who want a streamlined rig they can tie their gear on and for those people that just like efficiency.
Does it look good? As stated these saddles are different; some of the rawhide covered tree shows at the fork and the cantle area, the skirts are gone, the fenders are slimmed down a bit, but good design is still beautiful. We pride ourselves on ‘fit and finish’ and no effort is spared to make this saddle a piece of equipment to be proud of.
If you’re not afraid to be ‘different’ this saddle may be for you.