How an English saddle is made

The craftsmanship that goes into a quality English Saddle like the ones from Patrick Saddlery, is amazing. So much detail and so much skill. Next time you saddle up think about it!

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Time Capsule Saddle

In the early spring/late winter before Freedom injured his check ligament, I bought what appeared to be an awesome saddle. I had never seen one before (and I love looking at saddles) and with it’s extra forward flaps, monoflap design and open seat, it was calling my name. Of course, readers of this blog know […]

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How your horse’s “girth groove” impacts billet positions.

Does your saddle slip forward? It could be that the saddle is too narrow, but it could also be a combination of the billet placement on your saddle and your horse’s girth groove. I read a great article today on Kitt Hazelton’s Blog, Saddle Fitting: The Inside Journey that really explains the issue well. Click […]

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Saddle fit for riders makes a real difference

There’s so much focus now in equine forums about saddle fit for horses that sometimes fit for riders gets overlooked. Sure, it’s important for the saddle to fit your horse. But it also needs to fit you! Fighting the tack every stride does not make you a better rider, it makes you a frustrated one. […]

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Reflocking necessary

The Ainsley Chester saddle that I’m now using on Zelda is the one I bought in the parking lot of a CVS from a woman who drove up in a white van (see Another Saddle for my Tackroom). This brand/model was very popular among eventers about 35 years ago. The woman who sold it to […]

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Zelda and the three saddles

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Zelda sometimes bucks. While some of it is probably testing boundaries, I also worried that it could be related to saddle fit. I haven’t had a horse the size and width of Zelda ever, and while I have a “library” of saddles, I wasn’t sure which one was the […]

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Would you tag your saddle?

Saddle theft is a problem.  These high value items can be relatively easily stolen and then sold on eBay, Craig’s list and other forums, disappearing without a trace. Sure, each saddle has a serial number, but how many people ask for them and then contact the manufacturer before purchasing a used saddle? I’ve seen several […]

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Thinking of selling your saddle on eBay? Read this first.

I’ve bought and sold at least 10 saddles on eBay over the past 7 or 8 years. It’s highly entertaining to sit in front of your computer and saddle shop and often you can get a good deal. Heck, I’ve bought some very expensive saddles for pennies on the dollar. In most cases, the saddle […]

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