Saddle Trees

Contact Rick Reed if you have serious interest in making saddle trees full time... there is an opportunity to learn and work full time. (406) 580-6286

Click on thumbnail pics for large clear pictures of some of our hand made trees.

side view of a Rick Reed Wade tree with Guatelajara wood post horn Cantle view of a  Rick Reed Wade tree with Guatelajara wood post horn Side view of a Rick Reed Wade Tree with Guatelajara post horn showing the stock thickness from the point of the fork to the base of the horn or top of hand hole Front view of a Rick Reed Modified Association Tree with metal dally horn Side view of a Rick Reed Modified Association tree with metal dally horn showing the seat length and cantle width Front view of a Rick Reed Modified Association Tree with metal dally horn showing the swell width Side View of a Rick Reed Wade tree with Guatelajara post horn hand hole view or back of fork view of Rick Reed Wade tree with Guatelajara post horn Side View of a Rick Reed Wade tree with Guatelajara post horn

This illustration shows the indepth measurements of most angles in the Saddle Tree Making process creating a balanced frame for a correctly balanced saddle.

Saddle Tree Key or Code outlining all the angles that go into consideration when making custom saddle trees.  A must for the non-typical professional horseman

The Saddle Tree is the base or, better said, the skeleton of a saddle. In reality that is what we are fitting on both the horse...

Horse skeletons and muscle structure are taken into accoun when making custom saddles

and the horseman.

Human skeleton is also taken into account in making custom saddles

We take the skeletal structure of both to determine the necessary angles and measurements. This is makeing TRUE CUSTOM SADDLES. Just because some saddles are hand made in no way mean they are custom and those claim to make saddles by hand do not even come close to being custom makers without taking these details into consideration.

A persons weight and how its carried on their skeleton makes a factor in horsemanship, over-weight riders can make quite a strain on the horse if not balanced properly. You will see most top riders are at a proper weight for themselves.

 

Also the skeletal difference between the sexes and how the flesh is carried differently will make a factor in how a seat feels from one to another.