Parts of a Western Saddle

An image illustrating the different parts of a saddle


Be the SQUARE and let everyone know “safety comes first”


Remember to restore worn or broken parts of your saddle to ensure your safety. Checking your saddle regularly will take but a few seconds of your time and could mean the difference between Saddling up with the Long Riders and Saddling down at the Casuals Desk.


  • Saddle check list:
  1. Rigging and adjustments: check your billet straps and girth, they receive more wear than other parts of the saddle and require much attention, for weakening of leather and hardware parts.
  2. Stirrups, stirrup leathers & buckles.
  3. Blanket or pad for sharp objects.
  4. Check your bridle parts: throat strap, curb chain or strap, cheeks, reins, bridle bits, plus all points of attachment.


  • Replace:
  1. Leather that shows signs of wear, stretch, cracking, stiffness or elongation of holes.
  2. Worn lacing, broken or rusted hardware and girth with damaged areas.


  • Wash moisture, sweat and salt from all equipment after each use and allow these to naturally dry.
  • Clean your hardware to prevent rust.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures, both hot and cold.
  • Store equipment in a dry room.

Evolution of the Western Saddle

A foto of the first McClellan western saddle. By trailsaddles.


Cordura Saddles

A Foto of a brown Cordura Saddle