Below are Wade saddles for sale. The Wade saddle is popular among working cowboys and cowgirls for ranch use and roping, with a reputation for comfort (for both horse and rider) and a secure fit on a horse without the need to overly tighten the cinch.
Please scroll down underneath the saddles for sale for a brief article about the origins of the Wade saddle and its ties to Clifford Wade, Aaron Wade, Tom Dorrance, and Ray Hunt.
Below: A Wade saddle, a style of saddle popular among working cowboys.
Comparison Shop Wade Saddles
Below are Wade saddles for sale from several major online sellers.
From Amazon, HorseSaddleShop, and StateLineTack
- Most of the saddles shown are new, but some might be used.
- Shipping is almost always included in the price for locations in the continental USA.
- Some saddles by HorseSaddleShop are listed twice. Why? It’s because HorseSaddleShop is one business located in Bremen, Indiana, with two websites (HorseSaddleShop.com and eSaddles.com). They use the same logo (HorseSaddleShop) for both of their websites. Usually their prices are the same, but just in case one website has a better deal saddles from both websites are shown.
The Origins Of The Wade Saddle
The first known Wade saddle was owned by a man named Aaron Wade, who purchased the saddle in the late 1800s from an unknown seller or saddle maker. After Aaron’s death, his son Clifford Wade inherited the saddle. When Clifford Wade met a young cowboy and horseman named Tom Dorrance, Mr. Dorrance admired the saddle so much that in the late 1930s he had one made that was very much like it, with a few adjustments. While not everyone recognizes the names Aaron or Clifford Wade, Mr. Dorrance has become well known and respected as one of the greatest horsemen of our time, and the saddle maker who made his saddle wanted to call it a “Dorrance.” Mr. Dorrance, however, called it a Wade, and the name stuck.
The Wade saddle grew enormously in popularity in the 1960s when another legendary horseman, Ray Hunt, had a Wade saddle built for himself. Since then the Wade saddle has become a constant presence in the world of the working cowboy, having gained fans from coast-to-coast.
A Wade saddle is characterized by a number of things, including:
- A saddle horn that is both lower and bigger around than a typical “post” style saddle horn commonly seen on other ranch or roping saddles. The lower saddle horn, combined with the way a Wade saddle fits lower on a horse, gives a horse better leverage when holding livestock dallied or tied to the horn. The larger circumference of the saddle horn allows the roper to more easily slide or relax his/her dally when roping.
- For fitting low on a horse, giving the horse better leverage to hold livestock that have been roped.
- A low or “slick” pommel (or fork).
- A deep seat, high cantle, and wide saddle bars.
Wade saddles have reputations of comfort for both horse and rider, and a close, secure fit to a horse without the need for an overly tight cinch.
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