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