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Paso (Peruvian Paso & Paso Fino), all naturally gaited horses, short backed horses, and pleasure-trail riding are enhanced by a close-fitting, short-barred tree that makes even contact with the horse's back, effectively spreading the rider's weight over the largest area without interfering with the horse's shoulder action. A rider's weight change must be transmitted immediately and accurately to the horse without causing pain or discomfort. Devices that dull the communications between rider and horse are neither required and should never be desired.

Each Don West Saddle is built on a Don West designed tree for ultimate fit, comfort, and security for both horse and rider. This tree puts the rider in the correct position for training, trail riding, and naturally gaited horse "sit-down" equitation. The forward hung, free swinging stirrup leathers and our in-skirt, bulk-less rigging enhances rider closeness. All Don West Saddles feature top quality materials and the finest Made in the U.S.A workmanship...at a sensible price. 

Don't you and your horse deserve the best? Why Saddle for less??

The "Base Price" on all of our saddles (1250.00) includes: padded and stitched rough-out seat, western fenders with blevins buckles, latigos and latigo keepers on both sides, crupper and breast collar d-rings, and footmen's loops (metal brackets), with rings for attaching the long leather strings.

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"SADDLE FIT-NESS" FOR YOU AND YOUR HORSE
I consider myself to be very fortunate to be able to do what I love doing for a living. My satisfaction comes from knowing that HS-WT provides top quality saddles and tack to today’s discriminating trail riders, and that I can offer lessons, trail rides, and low-impact horse camping experiences here at the West Gait Equine Learning Center near Fruita, Colorado. At HS-WT, we take pride in not only providing a wide variety of quality equine products, but also in educating our customer so that they can make the right choices in their selections; such as buying the right saddle.

If you’re riding a gaited, paso, or short backed horse, I feel confident that we can provide you with the best training and trail riding saddle in the market today. That’s why I hope that you will take the time to review the attached article with the goal of helping you understand the importance of a proper saddle fit.  
 In the twenty years I've been designing and producing saddles, its always been, and will always be my mission to make your Don West Saddle purchase provide you and your horse with many years of comfort, and pleasure.


THE SADDLE IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THE TREE!

Naturally gaited horses, paso horses, and short backed horses all benefit from a close-fitting, short-barred tree that makes even contact with the horse's back between the pommel and cantle.  Don West Saddles effectively spread the rider's weight over the largest area of the horse's back, without interfering with the horse's shoulder action. A rider's weight change must be transmitted immediately and accurately to the horse without causing pain or discomfort. Consequently, devices that dull the communications between rider and horse are neither required nor desired.