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As of April, 2017, our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basicsis available!!  Our new website is www.westernsaddlefit.com, and we'll be continuing our blog over on that site. 

How do I measure my horse for bar angles?

Posted by RodandDenise on February 9, 2016

You can now purchase our 67 minute video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, by going to our new website, westernsaddlefit.com. We also have a 7 minute YouTube video on Western Saddle Fit - The Essentials.  Enjoy!

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We occasionally hear of people using protractors to try and measure angles off their horse and correlate them to bar angles on saddle trees. You just can’t do that – and here’s why…

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Kids these days...

Posted by RodandDenise on January 20, 2016

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We’ve had an additional body around the shop the past couple of weeks.

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Bridging

Posted by RodandDenise on January 7, 2016

You can now purchase our 67 minute video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, by going to our new website, westernsaddlefit.com. We also have a 7 minute YouTube video on Western Saddle Fit - The Essentials.  Enjoy!

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This is a bridge. It contacts at both ends and has lots of empty space underneath it.

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Merry Christmas!!!

Posted by RodandDenise on December 23, 2015

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Merry Christmas everyone!!  OK, so the shape isn't quite right...

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Once upon a time...

Posted by RodandDenise on December 19, 2015

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back in the ‘80’s, there was a cowboy…

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For the past twenty five years

Posted by RodandDenise on December 15, 2015

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I've had the privilege of being able to ride my engagement ring...

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Flat on round and round on flat - a paradox

Posted by RodandDenise on December 12, 2015

You can now purchase our 67 minute video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, by going to our new website, westernsaddlefit.com. We also have a 7 minute YouTube video on Western Saddle Fit - The Essentials.  Enjoy!

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Some people think that when we get Dennis Lane measurements or back drawings of a horse, we make the bottom of our bars the exact reverse of the back shape of the horse. Nope, we don’t. We have to make the tree fit that horse - to work whether the horse is standing still or moving, is walking, trotting or loping, is going uphill or down, is dragging a calf to the fire or holding the rope while the cowboy is doctoring the animal. This means that we learn the basic body type of the horse from the drawings or DL measurements and then we make the tree with the allowances built in that are needed to fit that body type.

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Western Stock (Aussie) trees for sale

Posted by RodandDenise on December 9, 2015

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We have three Western Stock or Aussie style saddle trees in various levels of completion. (Yeah, there's a story. There's always a story...)  These trees are now sold!

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Angles - it just isn't that simple

Posted by RodandDenise on November 25, 2015

You can now purchase our 67 minute video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, by going to our new website, westernsaddlefit.com. We also have a 7 minute YouTube video on Western Saddle Fit - The Essentials.  Enjoy!

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When people discuss saddle fit and try to label trees or saddles to describe their fit, you can get into a real quandary. The old Quarter Horse, Semi-Quarter Horse and Full Quarter Horse labels are so inconsistent that they are not very useful. (We wrote about that before.) Now people like to talk angles, figuring that saying 90 degrees or 93 degrees will mean that all trees with that label will fit the same. Nope. T’aint so…

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Waiting...

Posted by RodandDenise on November 11, 2015

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I snapped some pictures around the shop this morning and realized that pretty much everything there was waiting for something. For example, the trees sitting under the bench are waiting to be dry enough to varnish...

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