Below are saddles for sale from a variety of major online sellers including eBay, HorseSaddleShop, StateLineTack, and Amazon. On these pages you can shop wisely before you make a purchase by easily comparing selection and prices for saddles all on one page. Saddles include an excellent selection of Western saddles such as barrel saddles, ranch and roping saddles, trail saddles, mule saddles, and more. Saddle brands include such famous makers as Billy Cook, Circle Y, Crates, Court’s, Dakota, Fabtron, and others. In addition, many of the pages below also have additional information about saddles, horses, or ponies. For a little bit of history about saddles, please scroll down this page beneath the saddles for sale.
Circle Y Saddles
Flex Tree Saddles
Saddles On eBay
- Barrel Saddles
- Billy Cook Saddles
- Barrel Racing Saddles, Billy Cook
- Billy Cook Saddles, Used
- Black Leather Saddles
- Circle Y Saddles
- Court’s Saddles
- Crates Saddles
- Draft Horse Saddles
- Ranch Saddles
- Roping Saddles
- Roping Saddles, Cheap (under $600)
Note: This means current bid – the winning bid could be higher
- Treeless Saddles
- Saddles Under $300
Note: This means current bid – the winning bid could be higher
- Synthetic English Saddles
- Synthetic Western Saddles
- Tex Tan Saddles
- Used Billy Cook Saddles
- Used Cutting Saddles
- Used English Saddles
- Used Roping Saddles
- Used Western Saddles
- Youth / Child Saddles
A Little Bit Of Saddle History
The time in history that horses were domesticated is often debated or even hotly disputed. But whether they were first domesticated roughly 6,000 years ago in the Eurasian Steppes, or at other times in other places, most researchers feel that their original uses were for meat, milk, and (later) draft work and riding. And when they rode, way back when, it was without a saddle.
It’s believed that the first saddles, if you can call them that, were pieces of hide or cloth simply draped over the back of the horse.
After that, things got fancy (comparatively speaking, of course) with the advent of cinches or straps used to hold the hides or cloths in place. These developments are difficult to date but somewhere around 700 BC the Assyrians had girths and even straps used as breast collars, and similar developments were occurring in other areas of the world.
- Things picked up a notch somewhere around 200 BC – 500 BC with with the introduction of loops hanging down the side of the horse for the rider to place their big toe in. (These were tough people, folks.) As uncomfortable, and awkward, as this sounds, it still provided an alternative to the method of riders tucking their feet beneath the cinch (which doesn’t sound very good to us, either). This is probably as good a time as any to mention that most of the early saddle innovations weren’t for the benefit of riders out for a casual weekend hack: The early developments in saddles were often due to the needs of men fighting for their lives in a war.
- Somewhere around 200 BC treed saddles were introduced, although the trees didn’t bear much of a resemblance to what we consider a saddle tree today.
- With the introduction of the saddle tree the stirrup followed. At the time only one stirrup was used because it made a handy mounting aid. While the first stirrups didn’t bear much resemblance to our modern stirrups, they were still stirrups and were a big leap forward from using toe loops (at least in our book).
- It seems everyone must have been happy with the only-one-stirrup idea, because it took a while (until 300 AD – 500 AD according to many historians) before the use of two stirrups was somewhat common. It is widely theorized that the use of two stirrups became popular not as riding tools (or at least not only as riding tools) but because they provided great advantages for the mounted warrior: A mounted warrior bracing his weight in stirrups was capable of far more powerful thrusts with weapons than a rider without stirrups. After that, stirrups were here to stay.
The Modern Western Saddle
As far as the modern Western saddle, it’s roots can be traced to when the Moors, a nomadic people from North Africa, invaded Spain in 711 AD. The Moors conquered Spain in treed saddles with cinches, stirrups, cantles, and pommels. The Spaniards adapted the Moorish saddle for their own use, and it continued to evolve until Spanish Conquistadors, under the leadership of Hernán Cortés, entered Mexico in 1519. He brought with him only a few horses (13 to 16 depending on the source) and their tack, but that small number of horses and their saddles would have a deep and lasting impact on the as-yet unborn country of the United States of America.
As the Spanish settled into Mexico, and eventually the land that became the United States, the need for a saddle took on a new purpose: By the 1700s Spanish cattle, first introduced in the 1400s by Spanish settlers in the Antilles Islands east of Mexico, had made their way to Mexico and beyond. They interbred with English cattle that had been introduced by settlers farther north. This new breed thrived, multiplying and moving across the region with its biggest population based in Texas.
These cattle became legendary as the Texas Longhorns, a fast, hardy, shrewd, and wild breed of cattle with famous stamina, wildness, and those oh-so-long and beautifully dangerous horns. As other settlers populated the United States and created a need for beef, Longhorns became gold on the hoof for the ranchers whose hired vaqueros and cowboys could catch them. And that created a need for a new type of saddle.
Below: A Texas Longhorn cow, the breed of cow that created a need for a new type of saddle.
The modern Western saddle underwent a lot of changes and adaptations to get to where it is today. Ultimately, while different types of Western saddles vary, they usually have two distinct, easily identifiable characteristics in common brought about by the needs of the working cowboy: The saddle horn and the double rigging.
- Saddle Horn – The saddle horn (or just “horn”) might be the most recognized part of a Western saddle. Perhaps its best known purpose is to secure one end of a rope while the other end is on a cow, calf, or whatever it is the rider has roped. Saddle horns are useful for other things, too: For example, they’re a handy anchor when using a horse to drag something, when mounting or dismounting, and they’re a great place to hang items you want to keep handy. (Note: Not all saddle horns and their saddles are the same. While many saddles, such as ranch or roping saddles, are built to handle the stresses of roping and/or dragging, other saddles are not. In fact, other types of saddles with saddle horns can be severely damaged with such use. Know your saddle before you decide to “go cowboy” with it.)
- Double Rigging – A “double rigged” saddle means it has a rigging for a front cinch and a rigging for a back cinch. While many of us in the Western riding world take this for granted, saddles didn’t always have two riggings and many modern saddles of other types still don’t. Like the saddle horn, it was the needs of the working cowboy that brought about the double-rigging on a Western saddle. Because of the riding and roping needs of the cowboy the front cinch was moved forward from its previous position closer to the center of the horse, and a back cinch was added to help hold the back of the saddle down during rough riding, when holding cattle tied or dallied to the horn, or to provide extra stability during other types of riding. (Note: Not all Western saddles are double-rigged. Many are, but not all. Or, some Western saddles come with the second rigging for the back cinch but the billets and cinch itself aren’t included in the purchase. When shopping for a saddle be sure to look at the photos and read the description carefully to know whether or not a saddle you’re interested in is double-rigged and what you do or don’t receive as part of the purchase.)
Western Saddles For Sale: Beyond The Working Cowboy
Today, modern Western saddles for sale have saddle horns and double riggings even on saddles not designed for the working cowboy or cowgirl. That’s because these two features are useful for other things beyond the cowboy’s needs.
- Saddle horns, for example, are handy when mounting or dismounting, and they’re a great place to hang items you want to keep handy. They can also be held to help keep a rider’s body position exactly where they want it (such as turning a barrel in barrel racing, sliding off a horse while steer wrestling, riding a cutting horse, or riding up and down steep slopes when trail riding).
- Double riggings provide extra stability to keep a saddle where it should be when a saddle is used for the same examples we just shared (above), and for other reasons as well.
Below: A modern Western saddle with a saddle horn and double rigging. This saddle is for trail riding.
So, whether it’s for the working cowboy or cowgirl or a wide variety of other types of riding, the modern Western saddle offered for sale is the result of centuries of evolution and ingenuity.