The halfbreed saddle has become a classic over the last twenty years or so. Most of the ones I’ve made have been on a Wade tree. This was a nice exception…it is a Lewellyn tree made by Warren Wright. The front (fork) is thirteen inches wide and is covered without a seam. I’ve taken extra measures to present a clean look on the fork by not having a welt sewn in. It makes for an uncluttered look, but perhaps more importantly, it has no seam to catch and wear as time goes by. I was very pleased with the ‘architecture’ of this saddle, and it came in at 35.5 pounds (including latigos, cinches…ready to put on a horse). It is always a struggle to keep the weight down on a full size saddle (this one is 16″) and avoid the ‘parred down’ look of most light saddles. I accomplished this by installing a ring, inskirt rigging, using 11/12 oz. leather, and using single stirrup leathers.
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