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Western Trail Riding Horse Saddle

Updated on February 4, 2014

Western Horse Saddles

Western trail riding saddles are the most comfortable of horse riding saddles. Western saddles are built for the comfort of the horse and the rider to enjoy several hours of riding time in the saddle. Western horse saddles are recommended for trail riding, as they are safer going up and down steep terrain and are more comfortable for long rides. Western saddles are easily identified by the horn on the pommel of the saddle, and are also built to hold extra gear like saddle bags and water bottles. Western saddles have many uses such as trail riding,pleasure riding,rodeos,parades and work around the farm.

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Western Horse Saddle
Western Horse Saddle

Durable Western Horse Saddles

Western horse saddles are built tough and comfortable with the cowboy in mind. Western saddles have many uses such as trail and pleasure riding. Western saddles have a wool or sheep hair lining underneath for the horses comfort and a padded seat for the riders comfort as well.The design of the western saddle came from Spanish Vaqueros. They were the early horse trainers of Mexico and the American Southwest. This type of saddle was designed for the purpose if running cattle across vast areas of land. Although there are several types of Saddles now days, the western remains most popular in the United States. The westerns saddle is actually the combination of two types of saddles that were used in horseback riding in Spain, La Jineta , the moorish style which allowed great freedom of movement to the horse, and La estradiota, later called La brida, the jousting style, which gave alot of security to the rider and strong control of the horse. Although today many horseback riders have not roped a cow, the history still stays with the skill of horseback riding and in the comfort of a great saddle. Western saddles come in many designs, colors and sizes and are great for rodeos or for riding in parades. Western saddles range in price from $150 up to over a $1000 depending on the saddle maker and design of the saddle. Check out the Western saddles featured below to find the perfect saddle for your needs.

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      debate76ster 5 years ago

      Don't forget the endurance saddles. Aren't they a type of western saddle?

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      StrongMay 5 years ago

      The first time I rode Western (without my mom in the saddle) the stirrups were thick and impossible to do anything with. The last time I rode, the saddle was very comfy and wide.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Reading your lens I discover that I know so little about the horses. This is a great resource lens.


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      River_Rose 5 years ago

      Great info here....thank you for getting it all together in one place !

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      That saddle at the start of the lens was nice. What color, surely it isn't black is it?

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Western is my favorite style of riding :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is a great selection of Western Trail Riding Horse Saddle. Thank you for sharing.