Listen to 300+ podcasts by best-selling authors, published Wednesday, 4pm EST!

Western Saddle

Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about Horse Tack Store Tips and other Horse topics.

How should I choose a Western saddle?

Western Saddle

Before buying a saddle you must settle on a riding style preference—all saddles aren't universal. Western saddles are a popular choice. Western (or stock) saddles are generally big and heavy. These saddles are near impossible for younger riders to work with, however, so don't put a child on one. On the other hand, this type of saddle will provide great security for an older beginning rider. The saddle is thick and there is quite a bit of leather under the leg, knee, and seat that separates the rider from the horse.

Western saddles tend to be a whole lot more versatile than most saddles. Additionally, they are more hardy and durable. There are so many prices and designs that just about anyone can find a Western saddle to suit them. Here are some pointers:

• Make sure the saddle fits tightly over your horse's withers, back, and shoulders—it should not dig in.

• Before the saddle is cinched down on the saddle pad, there shouldn't be any gaps around the skirt.

• When you slide your hand in between the saddle pad and horse you should be able to maneuver your fingers all the way around the saddle without forcing it.

• Make sure that the saddle doesn't hit your horse's withers.

• Keep in mind that fit ALWAYS comes before function.

   

Comments

Nobody has commented on this tip yet. Be the first.



Name:


URL: (optional)


Comment:


Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Horse Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!


Guru Spotlight
Byron White