It seems like most tack and saddle shops like to have at least one western show saddle on display. Even when you’re shopping for the most affordable saddle you can find, it can at times be difficult to keep from pulling the plastic out of your wallet. Show saddles are not made for everyday use, but a show saddle isn’t something you keep hidden away in the barn either.
If you definitely feel the need to have one of these fine saddles, there are plenty of saddle makers, both large and small, to choose from. Most top-of-the-line saddle makers offer a few custom or show saddles within their product line; Circle Y, Tex Tan, and Tucker to name a few. Outfits like Dale Chavez and Billy Cook tend to specialize in custom saddles, including many that border on the spectacular when it comes to appearance. The prices these saddles command tend to be in line with their respective “Wow!” factors.
If you’re looking for a highly-customized, unique show saddle, look into what some of the smaller saddle-making enterprises can do for you, but be prepared to wait. Many of these smaller outfits are small family businesses, or consist of a single craftsman who may spend a month or two building a saddle that meets your requirements. Don’t be surprised to find yourself on a waiting list a mile long.
It wasn’t all that long ago that you would have to travel some distance to see what these smaller businesses have to offer. In today’s world, most saddle makers can be reached by email, and over half of them have their own websites. If there’s a professional saddle maker within driving distance you’re in luck, but in most parts of the country that usually isn’t the case. In any event, be prepared to spend a little time putting together your requirements, and much more time waiting for the final result.
Written by William S. of www.babblingink.com "Outsourcing Professionals United"