Happy New Year!
We are no longer building saddle trees. We have two saddle fit videos available on our westernsaddlefit.com website. Western Saddle Fit - The Basics, aimed at riders, is available either on DVD or streaming on Vimeo while the six hour series Well Beyond the Basics, aimed more for professionals but understandable by anyone, is available by streaming on Vimeo. (We left this website up because we have had many requests to keep the information available.)
So, what is happening around the shop in 2015? Well, we have recently rawhided saddle trees drying on their marble surface.
We have Rod pounding the seams on said saddle trees twice a day.
We have recently made trees that have been recently varnished to water proof them before rawhiding. This one is a 13” wide Modified Association.
And this one is a 9” Wade. (Always gotta have at least one of those kicking around…)
We have rawhide thawing in water in buckets in the back room, getting ready to be used on said recently varnished saddle trees in the near future.
We have finished trees waiting for payment before they can be shipped out. (That’s a 3B in the front and a Louellen barrel racer behind it.)
We have trees in the process of being packed to be shipped out. (I did a town trip today and shipped off four of them.)
Here is Rod, looking serious as he sets up the horn on a Buster Welch barrel racer tree.
And here is Rod goofing around, pretending that this is how he lines up a horn on a saddle tree.
Looks a lot like 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and the 14 years before that - especially the Rod goofing around part…
But what we learn this year will be different. We constantly learn new things about horse and saddles and trees and riders and how they all work together – because there is always more to learn!