I still want to get a western saddle that I can use for work and show, and I'm having a tough time finding exactly what I want. The biggest issue for me is going to be skirt size. Lilly is short backed and I'm trying to find something with a skirt shorter than 27". 26" would be ideal, but those saddles seem to be few and far between. If I could get a barrel racing saddle or a saddle with a round skirt, my life would be much easier but I just can't... they would laugh me out of the show ring.
I have only been searching specific brands that I thought I wanted to purchase, but it just so happens that Crates has a line of ladies reining saddles. After seeing this one, I think I'm smitten.
Crates Hand Tooled Reining Saddle
We're proud to introduce Crates' Hand Tooled Ladies Reiner--a saddle especially made for a woman. It is a light-weight reining saddle made on the Equi-Fit reining tree, with a balanced center pocket and a very narrow ground seat. Carefully hand tooled basket. Bench made one-at-a-time. Soft grain-out chap leather padded seat.
- Tree: Crates exclusive Equifit Reiner, Quarterhorse bars
- Gullet: Med: 6 5/8"; Wide: 7"; 8" High
- Horn: Reiner 2 1/2" High, 2 1/2" Cap
- Seat: 15 1/2" or 16", 3 1/2" Cantle
- Rigging: In-skirt Stainless Steel
- Skirt: 26" X 13", Saddlefleece lined
- Fender: 16 1/2" X 7", 2 1/2" leathers, belvins buckles
- Finish: Natural
- Weight: Approximately 28 lbs
Crates saddles are still hand-made, one at a time, in a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee which I love! I've never seen a Crates saddle in person, though, nor have I put my tookis in one. Does anyone have a Crates saddle, or an opinion of them?