Western Reining Saddle

Description

A reining saddle is specifically designed for the sport of reining, which involves precise maneuvers like sliding stops, spins, and rollbacks. These saddles are crafted to provide maximum support and balance for the rider, while also allowing for the close contact and subtle cues necessary in this discipline.

Seat Design:

Low, Deep Seat: Provides a secure, balanced position for the rider, crucial for staying centered during fast maneuvers. It typically has a suede or soft leather surface to increase grip.

Pelvis Support: Shaped to allow the rider to roll their pelvis back, aiding in performing sliding stops.

Horn:

Low Profile Horn: Generally small and low, so it doesn’t interfere with the rider’s hands or reins during complex movements.

Pommel and Cantle:

Moderately Low Pommel: Offers good wither clearance while supporting the rider’s posture.

Cantle: Usually around 2.5 inches tall with a moderately open “dish” and a Cheyenne roll to provide support without restricting movement.

Skirts:

Compact and Regular Options: Skirts are designed to be shorter and rounder than in other Western saddles, enhancing the horse’s flexibility and reducing weight.

Leather and Tooling:

High-Quality Leather: Typically made from premium veg-tanned leather. Custom tooling options are often available, ranging from simple borders to elaborate floral designs.

Fenders and Stirrups:

Fenders: Positioned to allow for maximum leg movement and are often available in various lengths to suit different rider heights.

Stirrups: Lightweight and designed to reduce strain on the rider’s legs during long rides.

Weight:

Lightweight Construction: Reining saddles are generally lighter, around 23 pounds, to facilitate quick movements and reduce fatigue for both horse and rider.

Seat Sizes (Rider):

Youth: 12-13 inches

Small Adult: 14 inches

Average Adult: 15 inches (most common size)

Large Adult: 16 inches

Extra Large Adult: 17 inches and above

Gullet Sizes (Horse):

Semi-Quarter Horse Bars: 6.0 to 6.5 inches (for horses with narrower withers)

Quarter Horse Bars: 6.0 to 5-7 inches (fits the majority of horses)

Full Quarter Horse Bars: 7.0 to 8.0 inches (for horses with broad shoulders and wide withers)

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