Custom-Made Saddles Provide Superior Fit and Style for Horseback Riders

Share Article was developed in October 2008 by Sugar River Saddlery and Tack, a company that’s been dedicated to the craftsmanship of Western saddles for more than 11 years. Using a bare tree saddle fitting method, saddles are hand crafted and customized to provide superior fit and style. Visit the Web site’s newly formulated blog to learn more about proper saddle placement and fitting.

It's near impossible to put a price on the value of a custom-fit saddle when so many details ride on a proper fit

For more than 11 years, Sugar River Saddlery and Tack has dedicated their days – and maybe a few nights – to the intricate craftsmanship of customized, Western saddles and horse tack. And now, in more recent days, they’ve expanded their services beyond their workshop with the introduction of

“It’s near impossible to put a price on the value of a custom-fit saddle when so many details ride on a proper fit,” said Jackie Heinen, Web site co-founder and customer service director.

Calling upon the original method of custom saddle fitting, which has proven to be ingeniously efficient and accurate, the saddle makers utilize the bare tree framework to fit each tailored saddle.

“After viewing pictures of the customer’s horse, we start by sending them the best matched saddletree for fitting,” explained Heinen. “Then we ask them to take a few digital pictures of the saddletree on the horse’s back to determine if any adjustments need to be made; this ensures the best possible fit for the horse. Then the saddle makers design the saddle to the customer’s specifications.”

The company asks for a deposit of $150 before the saddletree is sent out – $125 of which is applied to the purchase of the saddle, while the other $25 covers a one-time shipping fee – no other shipping charges are applied for the orders placed in the Unites States. The craftsmanship of each saddle, on average, takes three to four weeks to complete.

Many varieties of saddles are displayed on the Web site for all Western disciplines. Each of these saddles is fully customizable to the customer’s liking. They are all made to order, delivering a one-of-a-kind saddle. A wide variety of choices are available, from leather, color, tooling, silver, seats, stirrups, rawhide accents and much more.

“What truly makes our company unique is the all-inclusive production we offer,” Heinen said. “We welcome every breed of horse, from Frisians, Drafts, mules, ponies, Gaited, Quarter horses, Mustang and the list goes on. Plus, we make Western saddles of all types from barrel to show, endurance to roping; if you ride Western we have the type of saddle you’re looking for.”

All of the saddles produced by the Sugar River Saddlery and Tack are American-made and crafted from US-grown and tanned skirt and harness leather of the finest quality. Each saddle is additionally hand cut and stitched; premium-grade leather and extra oiling options are also available, which provide a soft and supple feel, as though it’s already been broken-in.

To learn more about the customization and craftsmanship of these one-of-a-kind saddles, shoppers are encouraged to visit the Web site’s newly implemented blog. This interactive tool,, will also be used to provide good-to-know tidbits about the care and training of horses, saddle fitting and placement, tack fitting and stirrup adjustment.

“Take the reins today and ride in to where your saddle and tack are your design!” she said.

About the Company: is owned by Sugar River Saddlery and Tack and operated by Web site co-founder Jackie Heinen.

Jackie Heinen
(608) 558-6778

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