REINING Close-contact saddle with skirts to allow for rider-horse communication through cues. Lower horn and pommel for movement of reins without interference. Often with a show-type silver and patterns for the arena. Flatter seat for hip movement.
BARREL RACING High cantle with deep pocket seat to hold you in. "Hip hugger" ridge around the back of the seat. High horn to hold on to. Shorter skirts. Rigging is simple in-skirt.-SR
MOUNTED SHOOTING Forward tilted swell to give you more room to draw your guns. High cantle for extra security. Suede Seat to hold you in place. Roughout fenders and jockeys for extra stability. Light weight.-SR
Western Saddle Fitting and Different Tree Sizes
TRAIL & PLEASURE Available in many varieties. Often built with a lightweight tree. Not designed for heavy ranch work. Designed with higher and lower cantle, lower cantle being more popular. Higher cantle: more protection. Lower cantle: more comfortable. Rigging is usually in-skirt because of the stress put on the saddle. Often equipped with many leather ties to attach your gear.-SR
RANCH Big and heavy. Slick, hard seat for comfortable day-long use. Sturdy tree for rigorous ranch work. High cantles and back straps. Plate rigging, which is more comfortable for a horse that wears a saddle all day long.-SR
CUTTING Low cantle, high pommel and horn. Flatter seat with slight rise at pommel. Jockeys and fenders often made out of rough out leather for better grip. Reinforced rigging. Back cinch and slim stirrups. Leather wear strap between fenders and bottom skirt.-SR
ENDURANCE Very comfortable seat for long-endurance rides. Smaller, lightweight. Many strings for attaching gear. Most without horn. Often with center-fire rigging to keep saddle from tipping.
ROPING Very sturdy wood tree with bullhide, rawhide, or very strong fiberglass covering. Reinforced rigging attached to tree and back strap expected. Seats often suede and padded, many times in a pocket seat for good positioning.-SR
TRAINING Often with reining saddle type tree. Low pommels and cut out skirts for closer contact. Many dees and rings to attach training devices or aids. Padded suede seats. Fenders and jockeys are rough out leather for better grip.-SR