Different Saddle Trees

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Saddle Trees

Size and bars

There are a number of different sizes of trees commonly found in saddles. Trees differ in the width of the gullet and bars, the pitch of the bars (Steep to Flat- usually somewhere just above or just below 90 degrees). The tree of a saddle is responsible for shaping the pommel and cantle of the saddle while the actual seat can be manipulated through padding and leather work. A horse with a flat back and widely-sprung ribs will require bars with a flatter field than a saddle made for a narrow horse, where a steeper field to the bars will keep the saddle positioned properly.


Saddle trees size Gullet Width Bars Breed it fits
Regular 5¾” and 6″ 90 degrees
Semi Quarter Horse 6½ inches 90 degrees Fits many horse breeds
Quarter Horse /Full Quarter Horse 6¾ inches, but may be up to 7 inches 90 – 94 degrees


Stock Horse

Quarter Horse

Arabian 6½” – 6¾” Shorter bars Arabian


Haflinger 7½” gullet >94 degrees Haflinger Horse
Draft 8″ gullet >94 degrees Draft Horse

Saddles trees were traditionally made from wood and rawhide with the later combination of fibreglass. One of the major disadvantages of wood trees is that different segments have to be pieced together and causes the saddle to have different stress levels which cannot always be handled in the same way. This causes failure in saddle trees which in turn causes concentrated stress levels on the horse, thus limiting its performance, causes pain and makes it uneasy.

RALDIE saddle trees, manufactured in Tennessee USA, annually sells up to 100,000 saddle trees, making it the number one saddle tree manufacturer in the world. As these trees are sold to saddle makers all over the world, it should say something as every saddle makers name hangs in the balance as the tree is the basis of a good or poor saddle.


The Ralide Tree

The term Ralide refers to both the material and the U.S. trademarked manufacturer of the material. Ralide is a synthetic, polyethylene. The trees are manufactured using a moulding process, which lowers production costs and makes Ralide trees more economical and proves to be durable, flexible, and strong.