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The Tennessee - 16", Semi-Quarter Horse Bars

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This saddle was made in Chattanooga Tennessee, USA by American Saddlery, master craftsmen. Chattanooga has been a hub for leather tanning and producers and builders of saddles and today the craft lives on using the same quality craftsmanship from years back but combined with modern innovations.

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Compositions Leather
Weight 11.34 kg
Styles Western
Horn Height Height 8.89cm, Diameter 5.7cm, leather covered
Cantle Height 12.7cm
Gullet 15.87cm
Swell 31.75cm
Saddle Tree Ralide
Seat Size 16"
Bars Semi Quarter Horse Bars

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The Tennessee Western Saddle is made of quality American Leather in a tan colour with classic basket tooling on the fenders and skirt. Skirt has a square shape. The seat is made from a contrasting dark suede. Bars are Semi Quarter Horse, meaning it fits most South African Breeds. The stirrups are covered with leather. The saddle is built on a Ralide tree which comes with a 5 year guarantee. The seat is 16".

American Saddlery's saddles combine the finest of machinery and modernism, to create some of the best tack available on the market today. Looking for a genuine made in america western saddle...look no further.


Purchasing the correct saddle size is an important factor for a comfortable ride and ensuring you will use the saddle for years to come. An uncomfortable saddle will ultimately result in a wasted purchase. It is also important to remember is that you are not only purchasing a saddle for yourself, but for your horse as well.

Determining your western seat size can be done by either measuring your current saddle, or saddle that you have ridden in and felt comfortable in. Or by using the below very general size chart.

If you already have a Western saddle that is comfortable, but you do not know the seat size, measure it. Take an ordinary measuring tape, stand next to your saddle and stretch the measuring tape from the back of the pommel, just below the saddle horn to the outside seam of the cantle. This should give an indication of what seat size you have found comfortable in the past. If you have an English saddle and you know the seat size, simply convert the seat size to a western seat by subtracting 2”. Eg. A 18” English saddle is equal to the seat size of an16” western seat size.

Remember, saddle seats are named and measured in inches (1 inch = 2.5cm).


If you do not already have a saddle to measure use the below generalised size chart, taking your weight and height into consideration:







1.77 +/-





























 (Remember: this way of determining your seat is generalized and may vary from person to person. If you are extremely tall and very slim, rather consider your length when deciding on a seat size)


How to Care for your Trail Saddle

Keep it Clean.

If your saddle is dirty or greasy, scrub it with a stiff stubble brush with a soap specially made for leather. DO NOT use acid household products to clean your leather and do not use any products that have alcohol, turpentine, or mineral spirits as an ingredient.

Let it Dry.

If your saddle is damp leave it in a well-ventilated space and let the leather dry completely. Do not put your saddle in an enclosed area if it is not properly dry; rather lay it outside and air dry before putting it away, also do not use any form of heat to dry your saddle with, as it will dry out the leather and cause cracking.

If it is Leather, condition it.

To keep leather looking and feeling soft and pliable, apply a light conditioner with a cloth or a soft brush. It is important not to over oil / condition your leather, as it will eventually soften the leather too much and weaken it. Leather should not feel greasy, this only adds to the sticking and build-up of additional dirt and slows the drying of the leather.

Hang Down your Saddle Properly.

Do not let stirrup leathers, fenders or the skirt fold in under the saddle when hanging it from a rail, hang everything neat and orderly to prevent misshaping it.

Cover your saddle.

When you cover your saddle you protect it from dust and unwanted filthiness, but be sure not to cover your saddle with plastic or any other substance that cannot breathe. Protecting your saddle from extreme humidity is a must to prevent mildew and when your saddle is in extremely dry conditions remember to condition it more often.

It is important to check your saddle before each ride to make sure there are no damage to the saddle which can put you and your horse in danger.  

Before you ride restore worn or broken parts to a safe condition.


  1.      Saddle for proper rigging & adjustments.

All parts attaching the saddle to the horse. Billet straps & girth for deterioration of leather and hardware parts.

(these items receive more wear than other parts and need a lot more of attention.)

  1.      Stirrups, stirrup leathers & buckles.
  2.      Blanket or pad for burrs or sharp objects.
  3.      Bridle parts, throat trap, curb chain, strap cheeks, reins, bridle bits, plus all points of attachment.


  1.      Leather that shows signs of wear, stretch, cracking, stiffness or elongation of holes.
  2.      Worn lacing, broken or rusted hardware, girth with areas of broken or worn strands.


Moisture, sweat and salt from equipment and allow to dry naturally


Hardware thoroughly to prevent rust.


Temperatures of extreme hot or cold.


Equipment in a dry, ventilated area of normal room temperature