Wade Horse Riding Saddles – The Resurgence

Wade Horse Riding Saddles - The Resurgence

A saddle serves as a seat for the rider of a horse, cinched on to the back using some sort of a strap, and providing support to help the rider stay on top of the pony during riding. There are 5 general types of saddles : British , Western, sidesaddle, military, and Australian stock.

A Wade horse riding saddle is a sort of Western saddle, inspired by the old Californio school of riding. The Californios were Spanish-speaking inhabitants of California prior to it was merged into the US. They belonged to the school of natural horsemanship, and had strong working relationships with their animals. Their saddles are easy on both the rider and the horse, providing a pleasant balance.

Like all Western saddles, Wade saddles have no built-in padding, and is going to be used with a blanket or other form of padding between themselves and the horse’s back. The girth is a leather cinch, and Wade saddles are supposed to be used with stirrups.

This type of saddle features a dipped seat and a strong plate rigging system. This rigging system helps evenly disperse the pull of the saddle evenly, reducing effect on the pony. Most frequently the fork of the saddle sits very low on the pony. A big horn is featured to aid in roping. Stirrups are hung at once under the rider, permitting one to use their feet for support while letting them sit nicely, in a fusion of Western and British styles.

Above all, Wade saddles are built with maximum comfort on intensive rides in mind. Every aspect of the saddle is built around buckaroos riding coarse terrain for full day rides. It is no surprise surprise then, that they are most favored amongst Western riders in the Yankee south-west. Though for a period of time they were of secondary recognition to other Western styles, they have lately enjoyed a rebirth of interest; many top-end saddle makers now feature the wade saddle in the their inventories.