TACK & GEAR

Ride com­fort­ably in sad­dles de­signed to ac­com­mo­date both you and your horse.

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Happy trails

“Upon the moon I fix’d my eye, All over the wide lea; With quick­en­ing pace my horse drew nigh Those paths so dear to me.” ---Wil­liam Wordsworth, “Lucy” Hand­made, with cus­tom tool­ing and color op­tions, the Santa Fe (sug­gested re­tail, $4,999), from Spe­cial­ized Sad­dles, is made of Sonoma leather from the Napa Val­ley with mul­ti­ple lay­ers of foam for a com­fort­able seat. It fea­tures a new, slim­mer pom­mel and weighs 15 pounds. Avail­able in black, brown or ma­hogany, in sizes from 14 to 18 inches. Call 915-345-4130 or visit www. Spe­cial­izedSad­dles.com.

Of­fer­ing a fully cus­tom­ized fit, the Western Trail Sad­dle (sug­gested re­tail, start­ing at $1,990), from Al­le­gany Moun­tain Trail Sad­dles, is made by hand with high-qual­ity leather, stain­less steel hard­ware and the op­tion of gen­uine sheep­skin un­der the skirt. Other op­tions in­clude leather color, skirt­ing style, can­tle height, seat pad­ding, tool­ing, rig­ging and hard­ware. Six ba­sic mod­els are avail­able. Call 716-652-0680 or visit www. trail­rid­ingsad­dles.com. Er­gonom­i­cally de­signed to help a rider main­tain bal­ance and a close-con­tact feel, the eq­ui­tation-style 249 Hori­zon No­mad Trail Sad­dle (sug­gested re­tail, $2,416), from Tucker Trail Sad­dles, fea­tures a tree built to ac­com­mo­date the horse’s back, with a “fin­ger de­sign” skirt that flexes in­de­pen­dently to max­i­mize weight dis­tri­bu­tion. A shock-ab­sorb­ing Gel-Cush seat re­duces pres­sure on sen­si­tive ar­eas to pre­vent back sore­ness af­ter a long ride. Avail­able in brown or black; the tree comes in medium, wide or ex­tra wide, in seat sizes 15 ½, 16 ½, 17 ½ or 18 ½ inches. Call 800-882-5375 or visit www.Tuck­erSad­dles.com.

Weigh­ing only 13 pounds, the Kin­cade Redi-Ride Child’s Western Sad­dle (sug­gested re­tail, $200), from Weather­beeta, is con­structed of all syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als for a soft, com­fort­able fit and ease of clean­ing. A match­ing syn­thetic cinch is in­cluded. Avail­able in black, with 10- or 14-inch seats. Avail­able through lo­cal and on­line re­tail­ers. At an easyto-han­dle 22 pounds, the Supreme Lady Trail (sug­gested re­tail, ap­prox­i­mately $952), from Fab­tron Sad­dle and Tack, fea­tures a dou­blepadded seat with a five-inch can­tle for com­fort and sup­port, a seven-inch gul­let, and a Ralide tree with full-Quar­ter Horse bars. The seat is quilted top-grain leather, with stain­less steel hard­ware, ny­lon Cor­dura fend­ers and a fleece-lined skirt. Avail­able in brown, in 15-, 16- or 17-inch seats. Go to www.fab­tron.com.

Durable enough for ranch work yet com­fort­able for long hours on the trail, the Drover Sad­dle (sug­gested re­tail, $2,135.99), from Cashel Com­pany, is made with high-qual­ity leather, 100 per­cent sheep wool and soft leather lati­gos. Other fea­tures in­clude an As­so­ci­a­tion swell, a leather­wrapped dally horn, a fully padded seat and an Axis sad­dle­tree, avail­able in 14-, 15-, 16or 17-inch seats. Call 800-333-2202 or visit www.cashel­com­pany.com.

The Light­weight Trail Sad­dle (sug­gested re­tail, start­ing at $1,795 for semi-cus­tom and $2,395 for fully cus­tom), from Syn­er­gist Sad­dles, can be fully cus­tom­ized to the mea­sure­ments of both horse and rider. The de­sign is based on sad­dles for en­durance rid­ing, with gen­der-spe­cific seats and added fea­tures, such as a horn and eight D-rings, that can be use­ful on trails. It weighs ap­prox­i­mately 21 pounds in a 15-inch seat. Avail­able in black, brown, chest­nut, ma­hogany, sad­dle tan or any com­bi­na­tion, and in a range of seat sizes. Call 877-595-0115 or visit www. syn­er­gist­sad­dles.com. To hold up com­fort­ably for thou­sands of trail miles, the Ba­sic En­durance/Cut­back Sad­dle (sug­gested re­tail, $1,230), from Bob Mar­shall Sports Sad­dle, Inc., fea­tures a leather seat with a pom­mel, three-inch can­tle and rig­ging de­signed for en­durance. The sad­dle weighs about 15 pounds. Avail­able in black or choco­late, with 14- or 16-inch seats. Call 270-988-2684 or visit www.sportssad­dle.com. De­signed specif­i­cally for women, the Devin Western Trail Sad­dle (sug­gested re­tail, $4,295 to $4,795, de­pend­ing on op­tions), from Sch­leese Sad­dlery Ser­vice, Ltd., is fully ad­justable for both horse and rider. Con­structed of high-qual­ity leather, the sad­dle has a flex­i­ble tree with mul­ti­ple foam in­serts for a cus­tom­ized fit. Avail­able in dark brown, chest­nut or black, in a 15-inch seat; a 16inch seat will be avail­able soon. Call 800225-2242 or visit www.sch­leese.com.

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