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Parts of a Western Saddle: The Full List!

Dean Eby

There are more than 10 different types of western saddles that are each adapted for a particular riding discipline. These saddles are designed to be comfortable enough for cowboys and ranch hands to spend long hours in while also being durable enough to withstand the abuse every day. Though there are many types of wester saddles now, they all share many of the same parts.


Western Saddle Parts

western saddle on horse

The parts of the western saddle from front to back are:

  • Skirt
  • Carrier
  • Latigo
  • Concho
  • Gullet
  • Horn
  • Swell
  • Rigging ring
  • Jockey
  • Fender
  • Stirrup
  • Seat
  • Cantle
  • Rear housing
  • Strings

Measuring a Western Saddle

close up western saddle on horse

Western saddles vary in size from about 13-17 inches, moving in increments of one inch. When measuring a western saddle, you’re measuring only the seat, starting from the front of the seat where it meets the swell, to the very rear of the seat where it meets the top of the cantle.

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Dean Eby

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