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Saddle: America Saddlery Horizon 17" Tan


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  • Model: ESW1950A170TT
  • 1 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: American Saddlery

Saddle Type: Western
Saddle Size: 17"
Saddle Colour: Tan

Girth included

Trees: Ralide
Swell: 33cm
Gullet width: 15.87cm Semi Quarter Horse Bars
Weight: 13.15kg
Horn: Height: 7.62cm, Diameter 5cm
Cantle Height: 10cm
Skirt Width: 33cm
Stirrup Leathers: 6.35cm with Blevins Buckles
Stirrups: Hand-laced Leather-covered Visalia
Rigging: Stainless steel double C-rigging, Skirt Rigging

Saddles in the western riding world / Types of Cowboy saddles

Just like there are different grass types in this world, like Bermuda (the rugged and tough), Kikuyu (the fast winner), Gulf Green (the one that’s deep and daring) and Shade Green (the mysterious), there are different type of western saddles.

When buying a saddle the purpose of that saddle should always be kept in mind and when determining the price you are willing to pay, you should always consider the duration that you would like the saddle to last. Following is just a short description of some of the basic saddles available in the western riding world.

The Barrel Saddle

The purpose of barrel racing is to make the barrel run as fast as possible. A barrel run has sharp turns and builds in speed and thus the perfect saddle is needed to secure the winning time and your safety. A barrel saddle is designed to maximise speed and move ability while at the same time offers a secure, comfortable and lightweight seat. Barrel saddles have a flatter, deeper seat to keep the rider down in the saddle during the hard turns and a relatively high cantle for a more secure ride. The saddle trees are light weight with the entire saddle weighing no more than 13,5kg. The skirt of your typical barrel saddle will be shorter and a choice of a round or square skirt is given: A round skirt will interfere less near the flank of the horse and would make a good choice but the square skirt proves to be more stable. Stirrups are narrower (this makes it easier to keep your boot in) and forward strung to keep feet in the proper position. These saddles have a thinner, taller horn which is easier for the rider to hold onto while manoeuvring through turns and reins used in barrel racing are fully intact to allow the rider to quickly recover the reins if dropped.

The Cutting Saddle

Cutting is a western riding style where the ability to separate a single animal from the herd and keeping it away for a period of time is measured. A cutting horse needs to be athletic and willing with an innate “cow sense” and ability to respond quickly and turn sharply. For this type of riding a cutting saddle is required. A saddle pad is used, splint boots and skid boots and off coarse chaps. A cutting saddle is not built with the same deep seat as your barrel saddle and lets the rider be more centred over the horse’s back. The swells and horn are in a higher position allowing the rider to grab the horn to steady himself or push on it for more pressure to remain stable in the saddle.

The Pleasure / Trail Saddle

This saddle is designed for maximum comfort for horse and rider. The saddle is of a lighter weight (+/-13kg) so rider can easily lift the saddle. These saddles are ornate and stirrups are set for proper leg position. The seat does not have to be as deep and is more angled with a shorter horn and fork. A square skirt is preferred if saddle bags are carried and a deeper stirrup for more comfortable riding is incorporated.

The Reining Saddle

Reining is an event where a rider guides a horse through a pattern of circles, spins and stops. All work is done on a canter and gallop and requires the horse to be agile and quick with excellent coordination and very responsive to the rider’s commands. Reining requires a western saddle and a bridle without a noseband. A reining saddle has a low horn to prevent interference with the rider’s hands or the reins. The seat is shaped to allow the rider to row their seat back for big stops. The reining saddle is also built to give the rider an ultimate feel between the horse and rider. This saddle is of light weight (13.5-15.7kg) and has a higher cantle than the cutting saddle. Curb bits are required in most reining competitions. Riding attire includes a long-sleeved shirt, jeans and chaps and cowboy boots.

Roping saddle

Roping saddles are typically heavier saddles with a rounded fork. The horn on these saddles are taller and thicker and has a horn wrap for dallying. The roping saddle usually has a suede seat to increase grip and has a lower cantle for easier dismounting. Stirrups are deeper and wider and are hung close to the front to allow better bracing. Fenders are designed so the rider can lift up to get ready for the rope. The swells of the saddle are generally low to keep the leverage rope on the horn to a minimum. A roping saddle is intended to provide riders with the maximum amount of freedom and mobility while offering a certain amount of durability and ruggedness.

The All-Purpose Saddle

This is the type of saddle that is designed to serve a number of functions and disciplines. It has enough support and a deep enough seat to be used for roping, penning and even training. This saddle will have a lower swell than a cutting saddle but higher than a roping saddle.

Below are some general characteristics of some of the different saddles in western riding:

Western saddle table of information. By Trailsaddles specializes in Trail and All-Purpose saddles. As everybody does not have the resources to buy a new and different saddle for each sport an All-Purpose saddle or Trail saddle is the wise and economical choice. Please brows our website to see whether your perfect saddle is among our stock and if you are in the Pretoria area please come and visit our showroom at 216 Propshaft Road, Samcor Park, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 26 August, 2013.