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No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle. —Winston Churchill
CUSTOM SADDLES by Bob Beecher
We specialize in old time style saddles that fit today’s horses and are healthy and comfortable for both rider and equine. All of our saddles and trees are handmade using the highest quality workmanship and materials available. All the stitching is recessed for quality and durability. Our saddles are perfectly balanced for a comfortable ride for you and your horse. They are one of the few western saddles built today that are designed for you to sit in a centered position, as close to the back as possible, kind of like riding bareback, for the best communication between you and your horse. The seat is not built up in the front so that you are not tilted backwards off balance, or put into the "lounge chair" position. See pictures of samples of custom saddles we have built.
We do custom fittings for you and your horse or herd in person or from tracings and measurements you send to us: See our saddle fitting guide & saddle fitting information & philosophy pages. We encourage a universal fitting saddle for the type of horses you like, not a saddle to a horse because horses change like us! We believe proper fit and the way the saddle positions you is the most important elements in choosing a saddle.
Our base price for custom saddles is $3,800.00. No two saddles alike!
The average weight is 32 lbs.! We stand behind all of our workmanship!!
Bob can only make a limited number of custom saddles a year so we also have a Semi Custom Vaquero Wade Stock Saddle available, designed by Bob after one of our most popular custom saddles. We try to keep a variety of these in stock as well as take orders.
We have a very talented saddlery apprentice, Estella Ray, that Bob is passing on all his knowledge and gifts to in hopes she will carry on the information for future generations and help as many horses and riders as possible!
For every purchase of a new in stock or custom made Out West Saddlery saddle you can get one of our Therapeutic Saddle Fitting Pads at a 15% discount. These pads are what makes your saddle very universal!
*See more testimonials on the bottom of the following page: Custom Saddles by Bob Beecher
"Wow! Where do I begin? I've been riding in high-quality western saddles for over a year, including my mentor's Vaquero Wade by Bob Beecher, and they felt great in a lot of ways but were, of course, too big for me (I'm 5'2'', 95 lbs). I just received my nearly new 13" Vaquero Wade from Bob and Terri. My background is in dressage. My seat is better in this saddle than in my dressage saddle! I can't believe it made such an immediate change in my seat. It allowed me to sit correctly right away. I've been struggling for a year to hold a proper position in saddles too big for me. I've almost forgotten what it feels like to be stable in my posture without having to use every muscle to keep myself right!
My horse loved it. He trotted with his nose in the dirt for several laps. His canter was elevated through the shoulders and he had more forward impulsion. I think both the tree and my posture contributed to his comfort. He felt fantastic.
I am so excited! I honestly wasn't expecting to be this pleased with it! I guess I didn't realize a western saddle could be so comfortable!
Terri was absolutely wonderful to work with when deciding on this saddle. And I will be forever grateful to this saddles first owner for customizing it so beautifully.