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The name of a bar - what it really tells you, or not...

How do you describe how a bar fits? Well, some companies have specific names for specific bar fits, but they aren't consisten between makers. Here's what we do now, and an idea for the future.
When it comes to bars and how they fit, there is a common idea that certain bars always fit a certain way or are needed for specific uses.  In the last couple of months we have… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/the-name-of-a-bar-what-it-really-tells-you-or-not.../

Of Arizona bars, and why we won't make them...

The stirrup groove is built into the underside of the bars for a purpose. An Arizona bar only has a front groove - no back groove. Since this will always compromise the fit for the horse, we won't build a bar this way.
Subscribe to RSS Feed There are very few things we won't build when it comes to saddle trees.  Sometimes there is a learning curve for things that we haven't built… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/of-arizona-bars-and-why-we-won-t-make-them/

Speaking of surface area...

A comparison of surface area between a Ralide tree, an old Bowden tree, our little kid's tree and our regular and Wade bar patterns.
Our third Principle when it comes to saddle fit is to spread the Pressure over as much surface area as possible.  Something you will notice on true hand made trees is that the… http://www.rodnikkel.com/content/saddle-tree-blog-from-shop-and-desk/speaking-of-surface-area/