This Week in the Shop
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.)
Two Wades, Two Modified Associations
These will both be going into cowboy rigs.
|This one is an 8" width.||This one is a 9" width.|
|3 1/4" high by 4" cap horn at 30
|3 high by 3 1/2" cap horn at 27
degrees - slightly less pitch.
These both have 5" stock thickness, but you can see the difference in look due to the different horn specs.
The tree on the left also has a shorter bar tip (by request) so there is more back cut on the gullet lip to leave enough room on the bar ahead of the fork.
The two Modified Associations were ordered by the same maker and were identical except for seat length.
|Modified Association saddle tree||14" Modified Association fork.|
This tree has a 5" cantle, so with only a 15" seat length, the thigh length on this tree is pretty short. (Please see our Seat Length and Thigh Length Relationships page to learn more about why cantle height affects real room in the saddle.) But that is what the customer wants - for winter riding. Her other tree was an inch shorter!