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So ya wanna build saddle trees? part four

Posted by RodandDenise on October 28, 2014

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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So once you figure out why you want to build saddle trees, and know that you are the kind of person who will be happy doing this, and have researched the kind of large equipment you need, you need to look at the smaller tools you will use in hand making saddle trees.  That’s what this post is about.

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So ya wanna build saddle trees? part three

Posted by RodandDenise on October 2, 2014

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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For someone who is serious about wanting to build saddle trees and who has the personal attributes necessary to be a tree maker, a big hurdle is often acquiring the equipment. We often tell people that this isn’t something you can do in your basement in the winter. It needs more space than that.

 

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So ya wanna build saddle trees? part two

Posted by RodandDenise on September 15, 2014

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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When people contact us about wanting to learn to build saddle trees, there are a few other things we want to learn about them besides just why they want to build trees. If someone is willing to come and pay us to teach them how to build trees, we want them to succeed at it. But not everyone who thinks they want to build trees for a living will be able to make it as a tree maker, so in the information we send out to them, one of the pages is a short self-assessment questionnaire. It has a few different categories of questions to help prospective tree makers figure out if they really are cut out to build saddle trees for a living. We also ask questions similar to these in our discussions to help us know more about the personal characteristics of a possible student.

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So ya wanna build saddle trees? part one

Posted by RodandDenise on August 30, 2014

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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On occasion we get people asking about learning to build trees. While we have an information packet we send out to people who ask (because we are willing to teach select people) we also have some questions for the people who ask. If we are going to give someone the benefit of eighteen years of our knowledge plus the information from the giants on whose shoulders we stand, we want to know that it is worth our time and their time. So – what do we want to know?

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How did you get started building saddle trees?

Posted by RodandDenise on August 15, 2014

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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This is a question Rod gets asked not uncommonly. After all, this really is a rather niche profession and a very niche market. Why would someone want to be a tree maker and what is our story behind doing this for a living? Well, we started small...

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Old and new

Posted by RodandDenise on August 11, 2014

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We’ve been rather busy the last few weeks. Here’s some of what has changed around here…

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Around the shop this week...

Posted by RodandDenise on July 19, 2014

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It’s been so long since I did a “take pictures of what is happening in the shop for a blog post” that Rod asked me what I was taking pictures for! So… not much exciting and different like the last blog post. Just more day to day “this is what happens at the Nikkel saddle tree shop” type pictures…

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Side Saddle at the Bar U 2014

Posted by RodandDenise on July 11, 2014

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We were way down south last weekend, at the Bar U Ranch where three days of a side saddle clinic was held.  Lee McLean has worked for months preparing for this weekend, and all her hard work paid off.  There were 24 participants in the clinic and 26 riders in the grand parade on Sunday.  Riders came from as far away as Ontario, New Brunswick and Washington as well as the more local Albertans.

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Evaluating a horse's back for saddle fit - part three

Posted by RodandDenise on June 24, 2014

Our video, Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo!! We have all our blog posts relating to how saddles work on horses organized on our website at www.westernsaddlefit.com.

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This is the last part of a three part series on how we assess a horse’s back to figure out what tree specs will work the best on him. In part one we looked at the horse from the side. In part two we looked at the back from behind and above. In this part, we are checking the horse’s back at an angle from both front and back to see the amount of rock the horse will need. This view also helps us when deciding on the crown pattern we want to use.

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In process...

Posted by RodandDenise on June 12, 2014

It has been a while since I just took pictures around the place to show you what happens around here on a run of the mill type of day.  So - here you go...

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Here, Rod is in process, trimming off the back of a cantle...

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