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Poetry Paints

"Proven Products for Horse and Rider"
Evolutionary Saddles TM

(A name that  will continue to reflect the technological growth and changes that occur within the market place)
 Extraordinary Performance
System X
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HEADS UP... Saddle prices will be increasing by $100.00 for the 2010 year.

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30 - day money-back customer and horse satisfaction - guaranteed!
If for any reason during a 30-day test ride of any saddle you buy, you are not completely satisfied - return the saddle – no questions asked – money back (less shipping) – no contracts to sign.
We make this guarantee because we know, as riders ourselves that each hand-sculpted saddle seat can vary ever so slightly from a test or demo saddle.
A guarantee like this tells you that: Hill View Farms â WANTS you to be COMPLETELY confident in your saddling purchase.

EVOLUTIONARY SADDLES TM  offers 8 different saddles trees for 14 saddle models.


Working Trail 

Liberty  

 Caliente  


W. Endurance

 


Express 


Freedom 


Officer


The Battery 
 


The Captain

 

 
Plantation 

 


Dressage

 


Cutback

 
Jumper
Pack Saddle
 

Engineered to fit horses and mules - No fancy gimmicks or slick options. We sell a saddle that is practical and functional. 
An easy purchase and if the saddle is not right for  whatever reason, you
GET YOUR MONEY BACK.-satisfaction guaranteed! - Beat that for product confidence!

NEWS FLASH: Our new plant is in full production and saddles are being shipped. Feedback has been out of this world! To date, with so many orders we have become incredibly efficient.  Orders are built according to the date received with one exception: if an order for a same model is received at a later date, it may be built with the one received earlier (for greater overall efficiency). This means that a NEW saddle can take as little as 3 weeks or up to 2 months to build and deliver.  We currently have been able to build a modest inventory. For those saddles that are on lay-a-way and those that must be built, we require a 25% deposit.  This deposit will secure your order. The order can be cancelled with the full deposit returned at any time until construction of your saddle is completed. Once the saddle is completed, payment in full is required within 10 days or your deposit returned, less any custom charges.
Thank You for your patronage, for without you our mission of helping the equines would not be possible. On a side note: for those who call in for saddle updates, we may use terms unfamiliar to you. Here are visuals with a description of how
your saddle is being made.
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Western (A saddle that has a horn on the fork and a well in the fork.)   Click for schematic of a western saddle.

Western Working Tree - Working Trail   

 

 


Working Trail 
New model being developed    

Western Pleasure Trail Tree (Caliente & Liberty)


 Caliente

Liberty
   

Endurance (A saddle that is a cross between a western and English saddle. No saddle horn but does have a well)

The Endurance Tree - (W. Endurance, Officer, Freedom & Express) 


W. Endurance   

   Officer

Freedom
 

 


     Express 

The McClellan Tree - (The Battery)  


The Battery 

The Captain
   

English (A saddle with a pommel – no horn or well)  Click for schematic of English saddle.

The English Pleasure Tree - (Pleasure Plantation & Dressage)


Pleasure Plantation 
 


Dressage

   

The Traditional Cutback Tree (The Classic Cutback & Jumper CT)

 

 


The classic cutback

The Jumper CT
   

Value Added   What do you get when you buy a saddle from Hill View Farms®?  To assure you make the right choice we offer a FREE saddle-fitting service that includes an equine evaluation/palpation if you bring your horse to us or for $100 plus travel expenses we can come to you.  We know the specifications as to how each saddle should be built, and we inspect everything we sell before it goes out the door to assure it meets those specifications.  Everyone who purchases a saddle will receive a copy of   All about  Saddling  (a two disk DVD set) which demonstrates  how to properly saddle and use your new equipment. We also offer an exceptional Lay-a-way policy – for a non-refundable 10% deposit you’ll have a year to pay off balance.  But the most important thing you get  when you buy from Hill View Farms® is a 30-day money back (less shipping) customer satisfaction guarantee - no questions asked – ride in your saddle (not a test saddle) -return policy. 
Providing the customer with the BEST panel saddle, at the BEST price with the BEST service and technical experience in the saddling industry. As our customers say and we agree: "I try not to hurt my horse and I want what is best for him". 
***Please note: If any saddle company, maker or dealer will not give you a money back ride on a saddle, TURN AND WALK AWAY!
What do customers  have to say? click here   
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Extraordinary Performance
EVOLUTIONARY SADDLES TM

A personal message from Cathy Sheets Tauer: I personally have been riding and selling the various panel saddles since 1992. I have seen systems come and go and some reborn again.  I have worked with various manufacturers.  I have dealt with the aftermath from companies gone by and those issues manufacturers fail to address because they DON'T ride   AND I MEAN RIDE, - shoot and some don't even own horses or fit enough horses to gain enough experience to become an expert.  Folks, there are only so many hours in a day. What do you do with that time?  You can be a professional spokes person - endorse products, show, ride or train horses, you can massage and provide medical care for horses or you can build saddles.  But you CAN'T do it all.  Time does NOT allow for it.   I choose to RIDE and work with customers and their horses While Don and his helpers are steadily busy building each day.  In the off season (November through February) I do not ride but I write, sew, etc.  You get the idea.  So with my huge amount of field experience I am proud to introduce this wonderful system.

To illustrate the incredible flex and comfort fit of these panels, I saddled my broad backed, slightly mutton withered horse with both an English and Western saddle and took pictures as you can see below. I did not use any pads to "hide" the true fit of the saddle. You can see how the panels form around her shoulder. I then slid my hand under the panel and lifted up with my knuckles. Look how easy it is to move and bend these panels, how incredibly soft they are. I do not have a big strong hand, as you can see by the photo. The horse’s shoulders are free to move completely, without any interference from the saddle. Can you do this with your current saddle? Try these amazing saddles, compare them to others, put the saddle on your equines “bare” back using NO PADS to hide a bad fit and cinch the saddle down. Put your hands all over underneath the saddle. Even have someone sit in the saddle. What you feel is what your horse feels.

To  see the different back shapes that this incredible panel saddle fits  Click here  What do the different back shapes look like? Click here

 
NOTE:  This is my hand on the front edge of the panel without a rider in the saddle
   
Anyone can perform this test on their current saddle and compare.
 Remember, here at Hill View Farms, we thoroughly test all of our products.  **Every year we put 1000 miles of real horseback riding miles on our horses. ** We test and then use only the best products, We RIDE.
The photos below are this amazing panel in action shown on my dining room table. Naturally, this saddle was NOT designed to fit a dining room table, but these pictures show how the panels can mash flat for a flat back or mutton-withered horse and then curve up to fit a real 'A' frame horse. Now THAT is a saddle that can really fit a wide variety of back shapes with no additional adjusting by you, the customer. This is why we LOVE our saddles and so do our horses!

Mutton withers?  A”- frame withers?  A flat rear back or an angled rear back? A soft shoulder?  A deformed shoulder?  Or how about a knobby one? A sway back?  A flat top line?  How about an angled shoulder with a flat rear back - the twist?  System X fits them all.

   

How about that tree?  Narrow thin, strong bars with faired ends allow free movement of the System X panels to give the rider close contact. 
This saddle, when viewed from the rear REALLY looks high off the horse’s back!  But, it is just 1.25 inches from the back of the horse to the bar of the saddle. Compare this to ANY other saddle with a pad that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick and there will be very little difference.  How can this be?
 Click here for Cathy's cheesy answer.

YES... This is a system that can fit a wide variety of back shapes and allow you to go freely from horse to horse  with no additional adjusting by you, the customer. Click here for more information on how  One Saddle can fit a variety of different shaped backs .
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THESE Saddles WORK.  No fancy gimmicks or slick options.  We sell you a saddle that is and practical and functional.  An easy purchase and if the saddle is not right for whatever reason, you GET YOUR MONEY BACK
 Personally, I am tired of being ripped off by **** companies and so we tell it how it is - Period.  

As part of our commitment to quality:  Before any saddle leaves the production house, each saddle will have gone through a two person signed inspection.  The saddle leather will have been conditioned, the panels oiled and lastly the entire saddle will be delivered with the Hill View Farmsâ  luster shine.  The saddle is ready to ride when it arrives.  All of the saddles will have System X panels and a saddle tree in which the weight of the saddle will be less by up to 20%, yet strong enough to carry a 10 year warrantee against breakage. 

The Working Trail


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THE Working Trail  A classic western saddle featuring a low reining style fork with moderate under cut swells that is topped off with a practical horn makes this western trail saddle great for roping and extremely versatile.  With a compact design this saddle will perform on any breed of horse, from Arabians to mules; from the narrowest thoroughbreds to the widest flat backed Quarter horses. This saddle also makes a super youth saddle.  It is perfect to keep from over-powering a small rider or from covering a horse from tail to ears This saddle is narrower through the twist than traditional saddle models, and the seat is slightly dished to the cantle to make (this saddle comfortable for the all day ride.  As for show, just jazz it up with a little extra silver and you have yourself a beautiful western show saddle. So whether in the show ring, on the trial or even working cows this is the perfect all around classic western saddle. 

Seat size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 24, 25 and 26 lbs. Without stirrups (saddles may vary +/- 2 pounds through different thickness of leather, hardware and other points during the building-process.
Panel length: 22.7 inches on 15 inch seat: 23.77 inches on 16 inch seat and 24.77 inches on a 17 inch seat. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or two tone
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide either smooth or suede.
Seat style: ½ inch padding
Fork: 12" wide and 3" high with leg notch in swells (total height to top of horn measured from base seat is 6 inches)
Horn: 2 1/2" high and cap is 1 7/8 "
Cantle: 4 " high as measured from inside the seat and 13" wide with Cheyenne roll. Height measured at back of cantle is 3 inches.
Skirts: Semi-square with fleece lining
Fenders: Round bottom 9 inches wide backed with boot leather.
Leather rosettes: Yes at 1 ¼ and 1 3/4 inch.
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. A pair of breast Dee’s, rear rigging Dee’s,  2 pair of accessory Dee’s under rosettes front and back of saddle with a crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and rings. Latigo and nylon reinforced off billet and rear billets.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Cinch: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

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Detailed Order Form (with pricing)

For determining your seat size CLICK HERE

The Classic Caliente


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Silver
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Headstalls
Stirrups leathers and safety

THE CLASSIC CALIENTE  Built on the same tree as the Liberty this style is by far the most popular trail riding western saddle! The Classic Caliente spells comfort. A contemporary design featuring tear drop fenders, straight cantle binding, a slick fork and a deep seat pocket gives the rider comforting lower back support for the all day ride. Another attribute of this saddle is the formed foam thigh rolls. These rolls are more forgiving the hard wooden swells of a traditional tree if your mule or horse makes some sudden unexpected moves. The nicely padded soft-seat uses both upholstery and neoprene foams, hand skived and shaped to an anatomically correct shape with no stitching lines that can rub you raw. This saddle is popular with all breeds and types of horses and mules too! The round skirt design gives it ability to fit the various back shapes – long and short, dippy and straight. This saddle has a narrow to moderate twist that allows the rider to ride all day long without getting fatigued in the knees and hips.  Another plus for this saddle is the easy free flowing movement of the fenders that virtually eliminate the problems that some folks have with their legs and feet falling asleep.  As for security, it is all there.  The ultra thin tree and advance panel design allows the rider a next-to and down-on the (horse secure seat. Oh… and don’t forget that horn… you can really use it.  Great for ponying young stock along, yet low enough where you will not easily get impaled. In closing, the only difference between the Caliente and the Liberty is that the Caliente has the blocking  Photo showing difference.

Seat size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 23, 24 and 26 lbs. Without stirrups also saddles may vary +/- 2 pounds through different thickness of leather, hardware and other points during the building-process.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Skirt length:  25, 26 and 27 inches as panels is inside and there is the seam allowance.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or Two-tone.
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide, smooth or Suede.
Seat style: ½ inch smooth padding or the one-inch Soft-Seat How to know?
Blocking: Upper thigh blocking.
Fork: Slick – 3 1/2" high and 8" wide at base (total height to top of horn measured from base seat is 6 inches)
Horn: 2" High and Cap 2 3/8 inches
Cantle: measured from inside the seat 4 1/2" high (varies with seat padding) and 13" wide with straight cantle binding. Height measured at back of cantle is 4 inches.
Skirts: Round contoured with fleece lining
Fenders: Round tear drop 8" wide backed with boot leather.
Leather rosettes: 1 ¼ and 1 3/4 inch.
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. A pair of breast Dee’s, pair of accessory Dee’s under rosettes at base of cantle and at fork, pair of footman loops on both fork and cantle, rear rigging Dee and crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and rings with latigo and nylon reinforced off billet
Cinch: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

Detailed Order Form (with pricing)

Click to follow along on how your saddle is made.

For determining your seat size CLICK HERE

The Liberty


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Silver
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THE Liberty  Built on the same tree as the Caliente, this style is by far the most popular trail riding western saddle bar none! The Liberty spells comfort With a contemporary design featuring) tear drop fenders, straight cantle binding, a slick fork and a deep seat pocket that gives comforting lower back support for the all day ride. This saddle is popular with all breeds and types of horses and mules too! The round skirt design gives it ability to fit the various back shapes – long and short, dippy and straight. This saddle has a narrow to moderate twist allowing the rider to ride all day long without getting fatigued in the knees and hips.  The nicely padded soft-seat uses both upholstery and neoprene foam, is hand skived and shaped to be anatomically correct, has no stitching lines that can rub you raw. Another plus for this saddle is the easy free flowing movement of the fenders that virtually eliminates problems with legs and feet falling asleep.  As for security, it is all there.  The ultra thin tree and advance panel design allow the rider a next-to and down on the horse secure seat. Oh… and don’t forget that horn… you can really use it: great for ponying young stock yet low enough to be generally out of the way, reducing the chance of having the horn get caught up in clothing. The only difference between the Liberty and the Caliente is the Liberty does not have the blocking. Photo showing difference.

Seat size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 23, 24 and 26 lbs. Without stirrups also saddles may vary +/- 2 pounds through different thickness of leather, hardware and other points during the building-process.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Skirt length:  25, 26 and 27 inches as panels is inside and there is the seam allowance.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or Two-tone.
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide, smooth or Suede.
Seat style: ½ inch smooth padding or the one-inch Soft-Seat How to know?
Blocking:  None
Fork: Slick – 3 1/2" high and 8" wide at base (total height to top of horn measured from base seat is 6 inches)
Horn:  2" High and Cap 2 3/8 inches
Cantle: measured from inside the seat 4 1/2" high (varies with seat padding) and 13" wide with straight cantle binding.  Height measured at back of cantle is 4 inches.
Skirts: Round contoured with fleece lining
Fenders: Round tear drop 8" wide backed with boot leather.
Leather rosettes: 1 ¼ and 1 3/4 inch.
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. A pair of breast Dee’s, pair of accessory Dee’s under rosettes at base of cantle and at fork, pair of footman loops on both fork and cantle, rear rigging Dee and crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and rings with latigo and nylon reinforced off billet
Cinch: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

Detailed Order Form (with pricing)

For determining your seat size CLICK HERE

Click to follow along on how your saddle is made.

The Western Endurance


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THE Western ENDURANCE   Built on the same tree used in the Express, Freedom and the Officer, The Western Endurance is the western version built on the endurance tree.  This Express name comes from the lightweight western saddle the pony express used to deliver mail in the 19th century. It is a western saddle built for action, speed and function with nothing in the way to bind your legs or hold you back.  This is a saddle for the western or distance rider seeking an exceptionally light weight supportive western saddle but who doesn’t need the western saddle horn. This saddle delivers the rider a secure low slick fork that is anatomically designed allowing for a fast and easy handgrip. This saddle has a nice secure seat and a sweet pocket that allows you to sit back and enjoy your ride while you eat up the miles!

Seat size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 23, 24 and 25lbs. Without stirrups also saddles may vary +/- 2 pounds through different thickness of leather, hardware and other points during the building-process.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Skirt length:  25, 26 and 27 inches as panels is inside and there is the seam allowance.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or Two-tone.
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide, smooth or Suede.
Seat style: ½ inch smooth padding or the one-inch Soft-Seat How to know?
Blocking and Horn: N/A
Fork: Slick – 3 inches high measured from base seat.
Cantle: 3.5" tall and 12 inches wide – straight cantle binding.  Height measured at back of cantle is 4 inches.
Skirts: Round contoured with fleece lining
Fenders: Round tear drop 8" wide backed with boot leather.
Leather rosettes: 1 ¼ and 1 3/4 inch.
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. A pair of breast Dee’s, pair of accessory Dee’s under rosettes at base of cantle and at fork, pair of footman loops on both fork and cantle, rear rigging Dee and crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and rings with latigo and nylon reinforced off billet
Cinch: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

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Detailed Order Form (with pricing)

For determining your seat size CLICK HERE

THE EXPRESS


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The Express  Built on the same tree as the Officer, Freedom and the Western Endurance - The Express –provides a wonderful and secure ride. With 2-inch soft, plush upper thigh and knee blocking it offers terrific security during the unexpected shy and is super for working young stock.  This saddle has an adjustable stirrup hanger bar which allows one-inch leathers to be set in one of three positions for rider comfort and for different leg positions from dressage to moderate jumping.  The saddle has a moderate to low rise allowing the rider more room to move in the saddle while still offering a great pocket to sit back in. This endurance saddle has a wonderful smooth rounded fork that provides a perfect handhold  - the ultimate in additional security. The seat is anatomically shaped for support; it has a hand skived upholstery and neoprene foam padded soft-seat plus no stitching lines for comfort.  This saddle is great for endurance riders, trainers, trail riders and anyone who enjoys a western saddle but is tired of lugging around  the extra weight. A great saddle for all breeds of horses and mules too.

Seat Size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 19, 20 and 21 lbs.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide, smooth or Suede.
Seat style: ½ inch smooth padding or the one-inch Soft-Seat  How to know?
Blocking: Full thigh and knee
Fork: Slick – 3 inches high measured from base seat.
Horn: N/A
Cantle: 3.5" tall and 12 inches wide.  Height measured at back of cantle is 3 3/4 inches.
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. Pair of breast Dee’s, 1 pr. of footman loops at base of fork, 2 pair of accessory Dee’s – rear bar, 2 pair footman loops on cantle with crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leathers: 2 inch biothane with stainless steel cam lock buckles with leather sleeves (will come with leather bell stirrups) or top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrup hanger bar: 3-position for a 1-inch leather or 2 inch biothane strap.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

Click to follow along on how your saddle is made.

Detailed Order Form (with pricing)

For determining your seat size CLICK HERE

THE OFFICER


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THE Officer   Built on the same tree as the Express, Freedom and Western Endurance. The Officer is a secure saddle with the fork designed low and out of the way but still shaped just right for the perfect handhold. Really sweet is this saddle’s flap design with both front and rear thigh blocking for the best in security. The seat in this saddle has a lower rise allowing the rider room to move, while still offering a great pocket to sit back in. The seat itself is nicely padded and the soft-seat uses both upholstery and neoprene foams. It is hand skived and shaped to be anatomically correct with no stitching lines to rub you raw. This saddle has the adjustable stirrup hanger bar allowing one-inch leathers to be set in one of three positions for rider comfort and for different leg positions from dressage to moderate jumping.  A super trail or endurance saddle that looks and performs great on all breeds and sizes of horses and mules allowing you to sit back and eat up the miles.

Seat Size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 19, 20 and 21 lbs.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide, smooth or Suede.
Seat style: ½ inch smooth padding or the one-inch Soft-Seat  How to know?
Blocking: Upper and rear thigh
Fork: Slick – 3 inches high measured from base seat.
Horn: N/A
Cantle: 3.5" tall and 12 inches wide. Height measured at back of cantle is 3 3/4 inches. 
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. Pair of breast Dee’s, 1 pr. of footman loops at base of fork, 2 pair of accessory Dee’s – rear bar, 2 pair footman loops on cantle with crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leathers: 2 inch biothane with stainless steel cam lock buckles with leather sleeves (will come with leather bell stirrups) or top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrup hanger bar: 3-position for a 1-inch leather or 2 inch biothane strap.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

Click to follow along on how your saddle is made.

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The Freedom


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Tooling
Silver
Strings, brass and hardware
Breast Collars:

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Girths & Cinches:
Headstalls
Stirrups leathers and safety

THE Freedom Built on the same tree as the Express, Pony Express and the Officer. The Freedom is made for distance riders with professional needs and for those who are seeking an exceptionally light but supportive saddle. This secure saddle has a low slick fork “A”-frame design for a fast and easy handgrip.  The seat is nicely padded and uses both upholstery and neoprene foams, it is hand skived and shaped to be anatomically correct with no stitching lines to rub you raw.  The seat itself is flatter and this low rise allows the rider more room to move in the saddle while still offering a great pocket to sit back in.  The flap has an upper thigh blocking that frees up the riders leg while still offering security for that unexpected shy.  This saddle has an adjustable stirrup hanger bar allowing one-inch leathers to be set in one of three positions for rider comfort and for different leg positions from dressage to moderate jumping.  A super and versatile saddle for gaited and non-gaited horses and mules alike, that come in all different sizes and shapes.

Seat Size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 19, 20 and 21 lbs.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide, smooth or Suede.
Seat style: ½ inch smooth padding or the one-inch Soft-Seat  How to know?
Blocking: Upper thigh
Fork: Slick – 3 inches high measured from base seat.
Horn: N/A
Cantle: 3.5" tall and 12 inches wide. Height measured at back of cantle is 3 3/4 inches. 
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. Pair of breast Dee’s, 1 pr. of footman loops at base of fork, 2 pair of accessory Dee’s – rear bar, 2 pair footman loops on cantle with crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leathers: 2 inch biothane with stainless steel cam lock buckles with leather sleeves (will come with leather bell stirrups) or top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrup hanger bar: 3-position for a 1-inch leather or 2 inch biothane strap.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

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The Battery


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THE Battery  This saddle is a modern replica of the original McClellan saddle used by the US Civil War horse-drawn artillery units.  There is a still active unit located in New Ulm, Mn.  This militia was established in 1863 for the city of New Ulm.  Don Tauer, Cathy's husband, has been a member of this militia since 1997. Don works, trains, and rides the draft bred horses for many of the Battery's major functions.   The original McClellan saddle was developed for men during the 1800's who averaged in height of 5.5 to 5.7 and weighed  116 to 123 lbs., and who rode horses that were extremely narrow with razor type withers, (very much like the thoroughbred track horses of today.)  We know exactly how this original equipment can hurt a horse and cause him to perform badly. This now modern McClellan Battery saddle has two important distinctions from the original: It’s comfortable for you and won’t cause pressure points on your horse. The substantial width dish in the seat makes it extremely comfortable for long hours of riding at any gait. The slightly narrowed rise helps keep you in the pocket of the seat for all day riding.  The stirrup straps are adjustable for more security during fast stops. The whole package makes riding glorious. The ability to tie gear front and rear is legendary. For more on the  NEW ULM BATTERY 

Seat Size: 15, 16 and 17
Weight: 19, 20 and 21 lbs.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, brown or two tone
Seat Type: Smooth Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide
Seat Style: 1 inch Soft-Seat or the standard ½ inch smooth neoprene padding. How to know?
Blocking: N/A
Fenders: Slide fenders.
Fork: Slick and 4 inches high, measured from base seat..
Horn: N/A
Cantle: 5 inches tall and 11.5 inches wide. Height measured at back of cantle is 3 inches. 
Embossments: Yes, on seat flap - US
Hardware: Brass in the traditional time period or Stainless Steel.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrup hanger bar: 3-position for a 1-inch leather or 2 inch biothane strap.
Stirrup leather: Top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves on a three position stirrup hanger bar.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

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The Captain

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The Captain  The best of two saddles put together, Officer and the Battery.  The Captain has the security of the Officer with the seat of the Battery.   Made off of the same tree as the Battery, the Captain saddle has a narrow to moderate twist with a low rise.  The dished cantle and slight seat pocket make this saddle extremely comfortable for all day riding.

Seat Size: 15, 16 and 17 inch
Weight: 19, 20 and 21 lbs.
Panel length: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and 17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat type: Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide, smooth or Suede.
Seat style: ½ inch smooth padding or the one-inch Soft-Seat  How to know?
Blocking: Upper and rear thigh
Fork: Slick and 4 inches high, measured from base seat..
Horn: N/A
Cantle: 5 inches tall and 11.5 inches wide. Height measured at back of cantle is 3 inches.   
Hardware: All Stainless Steel. Pair of breast Dee’s, 4 pr. of footman loops at base of fork, fork and cantle, 2 pair of rings and a crupper and gullet Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leathers: 2 inch biothane with stainless steel cam lock buckles with leather sleeves or top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Stirrup hanger bar: 3-position for a 1-inch leather or 2 inch biothane strap.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

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The Pleasure Plantation


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THE Pleasure Plantation  Built on  the same tree as the Dressage, The Pleasure Plantation is just as comfortable as it looks. It is like going home and & sitting back in your lazy-boy recliner. This saddle may look like the Stitchdown in style but gone are the seat seams that can rub in all the wrong places.  The Pleasure Plantation comes standard with the nicely padded soft-seat built of both upholstery and neoprene foam, that is hand skived and shaped to be anatomically correct. There are no stitching lines that can rub you raw in this saddle. Built for real comfort no matter how long you ride.  The Pleasure Plantation sports a deep seat pocket; a narrow to moderate twist and a moderate rise to the seat. It has a 3-position stirrup hanger that allows for different leg positions from dressage to moderate jumping on the Pleasure Plantation. Compete in competitive trail events over the weekend, and take dressage lessons during the week – all with the same saddle! A favorite pleasure trail saddle, for it’s comfort, #1 choice for gaited horse owners, super security with both front and rear thigh blocking all make this a super saddle for both gaited and non-gaited horses and mules alike.

Seat Size:  16.5, 17.5 and 18.5
Weight at: 18 lbs., 19 lbs. and  20 lbs. with pad, leathers and hardware all on.
Panel length
: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula
Bar Length:  19, 20 and 21 inch
Saddle color:  Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat Type:  Smooth Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide
Seat Style: 1 inch Soft-Seat or the standard ½ inch smooth neoprene padding. How to know?
Blocking: Upper and rear thigh
Cantle: 12" wide and 3 1/2 " high. Height measured at back of cantle is 2 3/4 inches
Hardware: All Stainless Steel.  Pair of breast Dee’s, 1 pair footman loops – on cantle, 2 sets of accessory Dee’s on rear bar and crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leather: Top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves on a three position stirrup hanger bar or 2 inch biothane with stainless steel cam lock buckles with leather sleeves.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

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The Dressage


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THE dressage   Built on the same tree as the Pleasure Plantation, The Dressage is contemporary yet conservative.  This beautiful saddle features a secure padded soft-seat that uses both upholstery and neoprene foam in the seat that is hand skived and shaped to be anatomically correct. This saddle has a deep seat pocket with a nice flat spot enabling the experienced rider to give proper aids to the horse.  This saddle has a high cantle for lower back support with a narrow to moderate twist and a moderate rise to the seat making this an excellent dressage saddle.  Unlike other saddles, which fix the rider in one position, the Dressage has a 3-position stirrup hanger that allows for different leg positions. Easy to change your position according to the needs of the horse you are riding.  The flap features the in-flap pocket so that you can adjust, remove and select the kind of blocking for the type of work being done in this saddle.  Not only can you use this saddle in show, but this good, well-balanced Dressage saddle makes an excellent trail saddle as well.  Just remember that any hardware you add to your saddle is NOT allowable in the show ring.  So check with your association’s regulations as to what and is not permissible for the level of dressage you will be competing in.

Seat Size:  16.5, 17.5 and 18.5
Weight at: 18 lbs., 19 lbs. and  20 lbs. with pad, leathers and hardware all on.
Panel length
: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula
Bar Length:  19, 20 and 21 inch
Saddle color:  Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat Type:  Smooth Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide
Seat Style: 1 inch Soft-Seat or the standard ½ inch smooth neoprene padding. How to know?
Blocking: In flap pocket containing one pair of removable show blocking
Cantle: 12" wide and 3 1/2 " high. Height measured at back of cantle is 2 3/4 inches
Hardware: All Stainless Steel.  Pair of breast Dee’s.
Rigging: Adjustable dropped cross fire nylon rigging with nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leather: 
Top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves on a three position stirrup hanger bar
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available

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The Classic Cutback


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THE Classic Cutback Built on the same tree as the Jumper, this is a low profile saddle that has security second to none. The nicely padded soft-seat uses both upholstery and neoprene foam, hand skived and shaped to be anatomically correct with no stitching lines that can rub you raw. The cutback pommel allows the rider to get low and far forward on the horse when scrambling up hill and to brace comfortably against the generous thigh rolls on the down hill. You also have a more "leg-under" in the roughest going, thanks to close contact and centered seat of this wonderful saddle. The 3-position stirrup hanger allows for different leg positions from dressage to moderate jumping. Endurance riders, trainers and Dressage riders love this saddle in fact, many instructors use this saddle for their student’s comfort and to teach proper positioning in the saddle. This is a saddle that can easily go from Arabians to Warm bloods and ponies too. And if you are a dressage rider that is going into endurance, this is the saddle for you

Seat Size:  16.5, 17.5, 18.5 and 19.5
Weight at: 18, 19, 20 and 21 lbs. with pad, leathers and hardware all on.
Panel length
: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula
Bar Length:  19, 20, 21 and 22 inch bar
Saddle color:  Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat Type:  Smooth Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide
Seat Style:1 inch Soft-Seat or the standard ½ inch smooth neoprene padding. How to know?
Blocking: Full upper thigh and knee
Cantle: 10" wide and 2 3/4" high.  Height measured at back of cantle is 2 inches.
Hardware: All Stainless Steel.  Pair of breast Dee’s, one pair footman loops – on cantle, two sets of accessory Dee’s on rear bar and crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leather: Top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves on a three position stirrup hanger bar or 2 inch biothane with stainless steel cam lock buckles with leather sleeves.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available.

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The Jumper Cross Trainer


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THE jumper CROSS TRAILER  Built on the same tree as the Classic Cutback, this Jumping Cross Trainer saddle has a very comfortable seat compared to the typical jumping saddle.  Most jumping saddles have been pared down to their current size in a misguided attempt to reduce weight and give the rider close contact.  The Jumping CT has a gentle curve to the seat and the cut-back pommel frees the rider, for jumping, dressage, endurance, equitation and cross country field trials.  The panels spread out the relentless concussion of jumping protect the horses back, allowing him to perform and move freely. This saddle sports the three- position stirrup hangers so the leathers can be moved into a legs-under position for dressage without switching saddles. The flap has a forward design with exterior soft knee blocking that opens to allow exact blocking placement or removal. The rear blocking has the same features. (This adjustable blocking offers the rider real security).  This saddle makes for a wonderful all-purpose combined training saddle.  It is fantastic and sits and rides like a dream.

Seat Size:  16.5, 17.5, 18.5 and 19.5
Weight at: 18, 19, 20 and 21 lbs. with pad, leathers and hardware all on.
Panel length
: 22.7, 23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula
Bar Length:  19, 20, 21 and 22 inch bar
Saddle color:  Black, Brown or two-tone
Seat Type:  Smooth Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide
Seat Style:1 inch Soft-Seat or the standard ½ inch smooth neoprene padding. How to know?
Blocking: Two sets of removable blocking.  One set for front and the other for the rear of the in-flap pocket
Cantle: 10" wide and 2 3/4" high.  Height measured at back of cantle is 2 inches.
Hardware: All Stainless Steel.  A pair of breast Dee’s and a crupper Dee.
Rigging: Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
Stirrup leather: Top grain 1" nylon reinforced leathers with sleeves on a three position stirrup hanger bar or 2 inch biothane with stainless steel cam lock buckles with leather sleeves.
Stirrups: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox - synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
Girth: None, but when ordered with a saddle receive a 25% discount.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:  Yes
Additional options: Available.

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The Ultimate Pack Saddle  Tested over 90 miles of non-stop riding in the Montana wilderness, this re-engineered packsaddle by Evolutionary saddles will fit today’s horses and mules.  Attached to the Ralide® pack tree are the amazing System X panels which spread the dead-weight load across the pack animal’s back, preventing pressure points, soreness, and galls.  This saddle will clear even the tallest of withers.  Also added is the freely adjustable slide n’ lock rigging, allowing easy repositioning of the rigging up and down; forward and back - balance the load and to position the girth to avoid galling.  The neoprene girth features stainless steel roller buckles, allowing for easy and fast tightening and has a pocket to tuck away the billet straps to protect the animal’s sides. Dee rings are strategically placed on the tree to allow for a perfect-fitting pack load.  Included are the Saddle Sox™, which is a pad that stays attached to the packsaddle.  This pad is made of feather-soft fleece sandwiched between a layer of breathable felt, topped with Cordura®, adding durability.  This pad is as easy to launder as a pair of jeans.  Saddle Sox™ attached to the saddle eliminates the need for a separate pad that slips or bunches, thus avoiding bruising of the animal’s spine or withers or causing galls. 

 The pack outfit pack saddle with hardware and the System X panels value ($650.00), no-slip Saddle Sox™ ($150.00), HVF English Leather Soft Side Breast collar ($125.00), HVF neo-crupper ($45.00), HVF Soft Side Breeching ($195.00), HVF neo-smooth English girth ($55.00), panniers with the plastic inserts (that work great as watering troughs or benches), ($400.00 value) Separately, the outfit would cost over $1,600.    This complete set is; Detailed Order Form (with pricing)But all items can be purchased separately
**Also a must have are the Garment bags under the    "Bag" section of this web site.  Two of these bags make packing the little things with all the clips much easier.
Rent it!  Instead of purchasing the entire package for occasional use you can rent it for just $30.00 per day.  A $1400.00 deposit is required which will be returned minus rental and shipping when the rented items are returned Contact us for further details.  .

What is a Mantie vs. Panniers?  You use a mantie tarp and rope to make a mantie load.  Hard to balance each side until you get it tied and then you can sometimes adjust by raising or lowering the mantie on the horse. Panniers are boxes that are formed to and loaded on to the pack tree.  You attach with the short leather straps that go under the dowel onto the tree.  If you have a decker tree, just buckle through the decker rings.  If you have a sawbuck or decker rings with knobs you buckle the strap and place the loop on the far side of the tree. Easy to balance load and unload. If your stock likes to jump things you must use a bottom strap to hold the pack down because the pannier could come off.
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The Extra Padding of the Soft-seat or not?
The standard seat or Soft Seat - that is the question.
  
Center photo of lighter color saddle DOES NOT have the extra padding that is in the Soft Seat.

Why select the extra padding of the Soft Seat
 There are some points to consider when deciding to select the Soft Seat option. First, you will lose some of the seat room in the saddle. If you are between sizes use this to help gauge your seat size. Secondly when you select the Soft Seat with the extra padding, you will lose a bit of the "pocket" to sit down in. Lastly, with the Soft Seat, the saddle will have a bit narrower twist. The twist is the part that is between your upper thighs. Therefore, if you like a narrower twist, have a bony butt or need a smaller seat size, adding the extra padding of the Soft Seat is key.

 

Maintenance

We ask is that you oil your saddle at least once a year. Using 3 in one oil with an extension tube pointed down into the rear slot of your saddles panel.  This oiling will keep panels gliding smoothly.  However if you happen to forget, and thanks to our easy slide mounting system your saddle will not be damaged but your panels my not slide as smoothly if they were oiled.  We also request that you clean and condition your leather once a year keeping it soft and supple. 

 

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Customer Concern:  I must say - I'm VERY intrigued by the saddles you sell. I really try to "do right" by my horse and I think saddle fit is the biggest thing we as people get wrong. I tried a friend's **(other saddle brand)** about a year ago and was really disappointed (so was she - it was for sale).
Cathy's Answer:   There are always three things that cause issues that result in the rider getting rid of their saddle or not purchasing one. All of these three things are due to the sale representative NOT educating them. The three areas of concern are

  1. The horses confirmation - or past issues.
  2. The Rider not knowing how to operate and correctly fit and use the saddle.
  3. The Saddle itself, that it may be the wrong style, size or something is technically wrong.

All of the above boils down to one problem, the sales person who sold the customer the product and the lack of educating the customer .

Looking to purchase a saddle? Ask yourself; Can you really afford multiple saddles for various horses? Do you have enough money to buy saddle after saddle? Do you want to meet your saddle dealer regularly to have your saddle fitted again and again? Are you concerned about wasting money and time through refitting your saddle yearly or even more often?Do you know how to and when it is time to re-flock or shim your saddle? Do you know how to pick-up-on and look for the subtleties in proper saddle fit? Or have a qualified ground person to assist you? Are you willing to waste your weekend with a saddle that doesn’t fit? Are you tired of having sore knees and hips? Are you tired of your horse’s bad behavior? So… you have a new Pick-up, new trailer, old saddle technology, which is likely to ruin your weekend? Driving a new pickup off the lot costs you more in depreciation than investing in one of our saddles, that you can ride for 5 years and sill get your original investment back, what does that tell you? If you use your grandfather’s saddle on your horse do you use his pick-up to pull your trailer?  Who else gives you a 30-day money back test-ride on their saddles? And isn't your true concern about how your horse feels?

A 4-wheel drive pick-up costs ~ $40,000

A Horse trailer with living quarters costs ~ $55,000

A good horse costs ~ $5,000.00


Total money invested for a nice weekend is $100,000.00

PLEASE if you do not already have this DVD, All About Saddling  - BUY ONE!  It is worth EVERY PENNY!!!
(You will receive one with a every new saddle purchase.)

Attention Saddle Shoppers:  It has come  to my attention that I now need to post this question everywhere where consumers like you can read it!  Question: "I have a saddle that does not fit and they (the company or tack dealer) will not return my call or take the saddle back. What can I do? Please, can you help me?" I get calls like this on average of once a week. Your only recourse is your Credit Card Company or bank. For those of you who are looking for a saddle, heed this advice. Never, never, purchase a saddle unless you are able to return it after a test ride for your money back. If a Saddle Company, maker or dealer will not give you a money back test ride on a saddle, TURN AND WALK AWAY! It makes no difference who makes the saddle or what brand, if you can not get a test ride with a money back agreement then you WILL BE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF and both you and your horse will have paid dearly for your mistake.

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