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Mexican Saddles

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.

Original Mexican Saddle

Long ago the first riders had no saddles but rode bareback, so saddles were originally made to join the rider to the back of a horse.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.

Parts of a 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.

Types of Mexican Saddles

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:

  • Montura
    This is the most common saddle although is not as light as other saddles, it’s very comfortable.
  • Charro Saddles
    They are classified according to its function and level of intricacy. Some of these fancy saddles are made with cactus fiber handmade embroidery called “pita” as ornamentation. The variety and originality depends on its decoration.
  • Mexican Military Saddles
    It is characterized by its double rigging which greatly increase the stability of the rider under rough working conditions.

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.

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