There are still firsts...
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.)
You would think that after twenty years of building trees, we’d be running short of different things to do. Nope… While we have built a fair number of exposed wood horn caps in the past,
this is the first one going down south to the area where "we don’t like those big horns”… Three and a quarter inch Jarrah wood exposed horn cap on a 14” Arizona Roper tree. (It’s in the mail, Terry…)
And while it’s not the first time we’ve built a 5 ½” cap horn with a 6” stock thickness
it is the first time we have been asked to do one with this thick a neck on the horn and with a normal horn cap.
And while it’s not the first time we’ve built trees for an "equipment tester” style of rider,
it is the first time we have built one which will have the fork
and all but the face of the cantle exposed. Actually, this is a replacement tree for one Julian Tubb built over 30 years ago. Considering the life it led, it had stood up well…
but yeah, it was broke all right… Jigsaw puzzle anyone?
And while it’s not the first time, or the second time or even the third time that I’ve shown you pictures of Rod working outside when there was still snow on the ground,
it is definitely the first time he has been able to work outside in February!!
Yup, always something new in this business…