Posted by RodandDenise on September 17, 2011
I shipped this tree yesterday. It is going to a saddle maker here in Alberta who will build the saddle for a woman who had her right leg amputed above the knee. This woman still rides and is comfortable in her original saddle in the arena. But when she rides outside she isn't as secure in the saddle as she would like to be if her horse jumps or spooks at all.
So she and the saddle maker, a regular customer of ours, worked out what they figured she would need. We built a 14" wide Old Moose fork with the backsweep and leg cut that these forks normally have, but we modified the shape of the leg cut a little to fit the changes he is going to make on the saddle. It also has a 4" high Hamley or #6 horn with a 2" cap so it is easy to grab if she ever needs it. The cantle is 5" tall and 13" wide, which is a common order for this customer but also gives lots of support and security for this special situation. We wish the saddle maker and the final customer all the best and are looking forward to seeing pictures of the finished saddle.