Thursday, June 11, 2015

Circle Y Flex2 Tree

Many people ask about the Circle Y Flex2 Tree.  We decided to go inside the saddle and show you some of it's great features!  It's one of the best trees on the market; great for trail riders and running barrels.

Circle Y Flex2 Tree

The tree has a two part system that provides flexibility and stability.  The edges of the saddle (black bar) will flex to eliminate pressure points and allow better movement.  This flexibility makes your horse feel more comfortable and confident.  The center area underneath the rider has a thicker bar (white bar) that does not flex.  It helps distribute the rider's weight and gives strength to the tree.

The Flex2 Tree also has a wood swell, which helps keep a consistent fit that doesn't widen over time.
The ground seat on the saddle will prevent it from over-flexing and gives support for the rider's weight.

The black coating on the swell is DuraHide which adds strength and seals the tree from the elements.  It can even withstand temperatures from -50 to 350 degrees!

We get asked time and again, are flex trees bad for my horse?  Can a heavy rider use a flex tree?
Circle Y has been making these trees for years with great results, just ask Kelly Kaminski, Julie Goodnight, Martha Josey, and many more that use the Flex2 Tree!  They even make many models in 17inch and 18inch seat sizes specifically for larger riders to use.

The Flex2 comes in Regular size for the average build, higher withered horse and Wide size for the broader, mutton withered horse.  They even make a few models with an Extra Wide, Gaited, Arabian, and Mule fit.

Don't be afraid of a comfortable saddle!  Your horse will thank you for it!  Check them out right now at Horse Saddle Shop, #1 Circle Y Dealer!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Girl and Her Horse: Reconnecting and Growing

Hey ya’ll, my name is Jorgi and I am an employee here at Horse Saddle Shop. I am the one behind the fashion posts and am known for loving the most gaudy cowgirl boots (all about Corral and Old Gringo). I have a beautiful quarter horse named Sydney, but the last few years I stopped riding frequently. However, this summer, when I got home from college, all I wanted to do was get back to my small country town roots and the way that felt the most natural was by riding my pretty girl. 
It has been an absolute joy to reconnect with her. Isn’t so cool how horses forgive so easily and love so abundantly?
But don't get me wrong, she is one sassy horse. She has mood swings that match her mommas, it’s a good thing that I have just a little more stubbornness in me than she does. For instance, I was riding last night and she refused to canter but I was not going to give up until she did. Once I was satisfied with her, I stopped, pet her mane, made kissy noises, and praised her. I suddenly felt a sting of pain so I pulled my leg up to inspect. Guess who didn't wear boots because it was supposed to be a quick ride? Yep, me. And guess whose ankles were rubbed raw and near bleeding? You're right again, me.
So here’s what I have learned these past weeks: Wear boots no matter how long you think you're riding (for goodness sake, I sell them!), love unconditionally like my girl, and ride fearlessly. 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MAILBAG: Did someone mess up?

Below are 2 pictures of the Billy Cook 2182 Arbuckle Wade Ranch saddle - one from the off side and one from the mounting side.   

One observant and curious customer recently asked...

Q: "Why is there an extra ring under the rigging dee on the mounting side - did someone mess up?" 
Here's the answer and a history lesson all at the same time.

A: Back in the day, cowboys often carried hobbles so that when they dismounted in a place where there was nothing to tie their horse to, they could put the hobbles on and know their horse wouldn't stray far.  So in the true spirit of the old west, Billy Cook puts this "hobble dee" on the Arbuckle Wade Ranch saddle to carry hobbles - or whatever else you might want to carry!

By the way, the Arbuckle Wade is our most popular ranch saddle.  Get a closer look at it here:  Billy Cook Arbuckle Wade Ranch Saddle


Friday, February 27, 2015

Highlighting Precision Trees

These well-made saddle trees are found in Reinsman Ranch Ropers and Circle Y XP Xtreme Performance saddles. What makes these trees unique?
Most traditional performance saddle trees (including ropers, barrel, and ranch) are covered in rawhide which is strong but also very heavy. The Precision Tree company is revolutionizing performance riding by using different combinations of materials/coatings including Kevlar, fiberglass and DURAhide. Their American-made trees are crafted from durable ponderosa pine; strong to the core.

Kevlar is the material used in bullet proof vests and is exceptionally strong (5 times stronger than steel) as well as remarkably light weight (43% lighter than typical fiberglass). 
Reinforcement fiberglass is also used at the stress points and a DURAhide coating is added to strengthen and protect the tree by sealing out air and moisture while protecting it from wear and corrosion.
Precision trees use a combination of these materials to create different levels of strength, depending on the intended use of each saddle. All Precision trees are covered with a lifetime warranty.
If you're looking for a solid performance saddle to outlast the toughest terrain and disciplines, visit now and look for xtreme performance saddles with the Precision tree.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tucker "FB" Trees 

You may have wondered why certain Tucker saddles come with the tree option "FB medium" or "FB wide" in addition to the usual medium, wide and extra wide.

The FB stands for "flatter barrel" and is designed to better fit the unique conformation of 'slab-sided' horses, or horses whose ribs have a smaller degree of curvature (as apposed to well-sprung ribs). Their ribs hang straight down on the sides, instead of outward and back. This is common of Thoroughbreds, Saddlebreds, Tennessee Walkers, and Gaited horses.

Slab Sided, side view
Slab Sided, front view
Slab Sided Horse
Normal Horse
If your horse has slab-sided ribs or narrow chest cavity, it can be difficult to find a saddle that fits well because the bars may not match the shape of their barrel. You may want to consider these saddles with the "FB" tree for your horse:
Give us a call to speak with one of our saddle experts to see if your horse qualifies for the FB tree!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Rocking R 2387 Training Saddle...for the short-backed horse!

Did you ever notice that training saddle skirts are long?  They are usually 28-29 inches.  If these saddles swallow up your horse because of a short-coupled back, you might have a hard time finding a training saddle that doesn't interfere with your horse's hip motion.  Here's some good news for you : Rocking R Saddlery has designed a training saddle specifically for the short-backed horse.  Their model 2387 Trainer is only 26-1/4" for the 15" seat, 27" for the 16" seat, and 27-3/4 for the 17" seat.  It's a high quality saddle that offers a little more style than the typical all-roughout trainers.
For more details, check it out here:  Rocking R 2387 Training Saddle

Monday, November 10, 2014

Mailbag: How to Check Your Saddle Seat Size

Q: How can I check if I have the right seat size on my trail saddle?

A: There is some variance due to personal preference. Some riders like to feel more secure while others like a little more space in the seat. Select what feels best for you and what feels most comfortable. It's often better to be a little too big than too snug in the saddle. As a general rule, you want about 3 finger widths between your leg and the pommel (pictured below).