1. Kien

    Hi Martina,

    Your post is very detail oriented, which is awesome since now I feel like I know exactly what to do when it comes to cleaning my saddlery. I like it when you break down each step and tell people exactly what to do and what the difference is between a Western and English saddle – I only ride English right now. I know this is random but I am just curious if they have a mold for the saddle since it is shaped in away so that it will wrap around a horse’s back?

    • Martina

      Hey Kien,

      I’m so happy you found my post helpful. Definitely let me know if you have any questions about cleaning saddlery or any other tack for that matter.

      And yep there’s a mold – it’s called a “tree” and the leather of the saddle is formed around it. The shape of the tree determines the fit that the saddle will have on the horse’s back. As you know all saddles also have a girth, which is just a leather strap. This is what wraps underneath the horse’s belly and really keeps the saddle in place.

      But it’s definitely important to have a saddle that will fit your horse well regardless. Some horses have bony withers and a thiner ribcage whereas some horses and lots of ponies will have a much rounder girth. Different saddles will fit these types of horses differently.

      Hope this answered your question,


  2. Kayla

    I love the font of your title! It’s so… elegant and its very fitting for your subject.

    Wow, this is a very thorough walk-through. Great job and thank you! You really broke everything down and did not leave any room for confusion.

    I don’t know very much about horses and have never owned one but have been very fascinated by them for awhile.

    • Martina

      Hey Kayla,

      Thank you so much for your positive feedback on my site. That’s really nice of you to say. Also I’m glad that you thought it was a thorough walk through of how to clean a saddle and that you learned something from it.

      Are you thinking of starting horseback riding perhaps? I would strongly recommend looking into it if you haven’t yet and if horses interest you. 🙂

      Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions



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