This is a bold, beautiful western side saddle made on a Steele tree. (These trees come in small, medium and large.) It is covered in Wickett & Craig natural skirting leather and completely hand-tooled with floral and basket weave patterns. The upright and leaping head are adjustable horns. The saddle is trimmed out in sterling silver. For a touch of comfort, it has a suede padded seat and horns. The suede is a beautiful toast color. (These modern side saddles are built at Pete's Custom Saddlery and ordered through Hundred Oaks, Inc.) See the larger image of this modern side saddle.
Below are the descriptions of the thumbnail images counting from left to right:
01 - This is a view of the far side of the show quality Steele side saddle. It is enhanced with silver trim and optional purse complete with a three-piece silver buckle set. Everything is tooled with floral and basket weave pattern to flow with the rest of the saddle. Notice the large square rear jockeys that are rounded at the corners to compliment the saddle design. In the upper right-hand corner of the saddle you will see a small section under the safe of beautiful white fleece that covers all the underside of the saddle.
02 - Taking a close up look of the far panel, note the sterling silver trim- a 1 ½" concho and a bold 2 ¼" concho and a scalloped silver plate that blends with the overall design of the saddle. Also, note the three piece sterling silver buckle set on the purse. The gullet in the purse is soft suede which matches the seat and horns and allows the purse to basically lay flat when empty. In this picture you can see a small section under the side of the seat which shows the flowing lines of the floral tooling and carving.
03 - On the upright horn, you can see the edges of the toast colored suede that covers the padded portion and the carving and tooling that matches the rest of the saddle. Note the four holes at the bottom which allow the upright horn to be adjusted to the front or rear.
04 - In this view of the leaping head, you can also see the edges of the toast suede leather that covers the padded portion. The carving and tooling blends with the rest of the saddle. At the top of the leaping head, note the hole which allows the use of an allen wrench for adjustment to different angles.
05 - This is a close-up view of the fender on the show quality Steele western side saddle. There is attention to detail right down to the matching leather-covered stirrup and hobble strap. The tooling and carving blends with the overall theme of the saddle.
06 - On the near back jockey of this Steele side saddle, you can see the sterling silver concho and corner plate and the corresponding carving and tooling. This also shows a small section of the underside of the seat emphasizing the graceful lines of floral carving.
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