Mexican saddles and accessories are considered pieces of great art craft which makes them different from other types of saddles. They have a tradition of more than 300 years, so they are appreciated because of their historic value.
Long ago the first riders had no saddles but rode bareback, so saddles were originally made to join the rider to the back of a horse.
All saddles are made of different parts and its names can vary in some countries but their function is the same. They are also built on a shaft that is traditionally made of a wood frame. Its evolution has responded to the specific demand of the users.
One of the most genuine traditions in Mexico is undoubtedly the Charrería. It is considered an art because it represents a very important part of the Mexican culture. In Mexican Charreria is very common that the riders use a specially decorated saddle.
A typical saddle is composed by a structure that is called fuste, and it is like a wood structure, the sword, stirrups, and cuerajes that form the tientos to the side cantinas, also; there is another important part that is called barriguero and helps to hold the cantinas to the horse.
Nowadays there are a different varieties of Mexican saddles, each one is related with the kind of the Monta that is going to use, the type of horse, the available materials and the origin culture.
Some examples of Typical Saddles are:
Mexican people have improved the art of carving the wood and covered it with wet rawhide producing an extraordinary strong and durable wood and leather saddles. The Mexican Saddle also featured a saddle horn invented as an alternative to tie the rope to the horse tail when roping cattle, an innovation most appreciated by the horse.