If you've ever wondered what goes into creating a western saddle, then you'll want to watch this video on how western saddles are made.
Western saddles are often works of art. Full of intricate leather work and detailing, it's evident that great amounts of time must have gone into the creation of every western saddle. But how exactly does one take a pile of leather and turn it into a western saddle?
The video below focuses on how Western saddles are made. It follows the saddle maker through the entire process of creating a saddle, from starting with a saddle tree and progressing to putting the finishing details on a beautiful saddle.
So before you question the price tag on that new saddle for sale at the tack store, watch this video and consider the amount of work that it takes to make a single saddle.
If you're on the market for a new western saddle, then you'll want to make sure that you're getting a quality saddle for your money. Do some research on popular saddle brands and which saddles stand up to the test of time. A quality-made saddle will give you decades of use, but a saddle of sub-par quality won't last you nearly as long or have a good resale value.
Looking to save money? Many riders opt to buy their saddles used. This can be a good way to go, especially if you're on a limited budget. But you need to be cautious when buying a used saddle, too.
If possible, try to see the saddle in person before agreeing to the purchase. You'll also need to make sure that the saddle fits both you and your horse. Check to see if the tree is still sound, look for cracked or damaged leather, and see if the fleece still evenly covers the saddle's underside.
Buying a saddle is an investment, but if you buy a quality saddle then you should be making a sound investment.