Looking for saddle information? Below is all kinds of information about saddle trees, saddle riggings, signs of bad saddle fit, how to stop saddle squeak, and a whole lot more!
Saddle Information From HorseSaddleShop.com
The experts at HorseSaddleShop.com have a wealth of information about saddles on their website. Below are few links to some of their articles with useful and interesting information.
- Different Types Of Popular Saddle Trees
- Different Types Of Saddle Riggings
- Different Types Of Western Saddles
- Finding The Right Seat Size For The Rider
- How To Care For Your Saddle
- How To Clean Your Saddle
- Signs Of Bad Saddle Fit
For the horse and/or rider
- Western Saddle Fitting and Different Types Of Trees
- MORE! See HorseSaddleShop’s page with all of their Western saddle articles and information.
Saddle Information From CowboyWay.com
If you enjoyed the above articles, we hope you’ll also enjoy the popular articles below from our “How To / What Is” area of CowboyWay.com!
- How To Attach A Leather Rope Strap
- How To Stop Saddle Squeak
- How To Wrap A Saddle Horn With Rubber
- How To Saddle A Horse
- How To Turn Western Stirrups
- How To Understand Saddle Rigging Positions
Saddle Info – Quick Graphics
Below are a few quick graphics illustrating different kinds of saddle information.
Saddle Rigging Positions
On a Western saddle, rigging positions are described by their position in relation to where they are located from the cantle to the pommel. For example:
- Full Rigging: The front cinch position is the full distance from the cantle to the pommel.
- 7/8 Rigging: The front cinch position is 7/8 of the distance from the cantle to the pommel.
- 3/4 Rigging: The front cinch position is 3/4 of the distance from the cantle to the pommel.
- Center Fire Rigging: The front cinch position is (approximately) centered between the cantle and the pommel.
These rigging positions are illustrated in the image below.
For even information about Western saddle rigging positions, you can see this page: Understanding Saddle Riggings.
Parts Of A Western Saddle
Below are the major parts of a Western saddle.
The above image is of a brand new, never-been-on-a-horse saddle which makes some of the parts a bit difficult to get a good look at. So, we’ve included the image below too, so you can get a better look at some of these parts they way they would look on a saddled horse.