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Old 05-24-2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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ODD Looking Western Saddle Question

I got this saddle said to be handmade & wanted to ask if anyone has any idea why the pommel is out so far? Tree type? Looks so odd & the stirrups adjust like the tereque saddles adjust, way up high. Would it be a mule, endurance, gaited, barrel kind of saddle? Any ideas?

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Old 05-24-2010, 05:15 PM   #2
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just an educated guess...

but typically tall horns like that are seen on cutting saddles. give the rider something to hold onto while their horse is dodging cows.

but i'd think anyone would slide right out that saddle onto their ass- very slick looking cantle. not grab anywhere for your butt or thighs. i would guess the "owner" wanted "that cutting horse" lookor maybe a grab it bar..

but with that felt covering and the shape of the skirt.. i am going to go for more of a gaited saddle...?? that or they trail rode a lot and didnt want the extra skirt making the horse hot while they rode....

I sure wouldnt endurance ride in it... not with as much posting as i do.. i'd gut myself...

just doesnt look comfortable to me...
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:25 PM   #3
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While this saddle is advertised as a barrel saddle, I would think it would be difficult to stay in this seat on a barrel horse.

The saddle appears to me to be built on a plantation or Buena Vista type tree, with a western horn and western fenders added.

A lot of these saddles are made "western style" these days. Many are made by Amish craftsmen, and are pretty good saddles. Eli Miller, Henry Miller, Brennermann, are some of the brands that I know.

The felt lining, the split skirt, the cantle, are all typical Buena Vista or plantation style. Gaited horses and trail riders are the most frequent users of these saddles.
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Old 05-24-2010, 07:32 PM   #4
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It reminds me of my Eli Miller Buena Vista Saddle , But a lot fancier. The A fork and the way the front is and the seat looks alot like mine They may look strange but they are very comfortable to ride in...
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:13 PM   #5
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Tall horns on cutting saddles are for 'grabbing Lizzie'. That is, for hanging onto if the need arises.

The more polite term for hanging onto the horn of a saddle is 'pulling leather'.
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