Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New Custom Made Wade Buckaroo Ranch Saddle

Buckaroo Leather is proud to introduce our hand bench made Wade Post saddle. We have been working on this for awhile now with a saddle maker with over 25 years experience in saddle design, custom fitting of horse and rider, hand tooling, carving and construction!


The Wade Buckaroo Ranch saddle is hand crafted from premuim Hermann Oak leather. This buckaroo ranch saddle was made with the working cowboys/cowgirls and western riders in mind.

Click here to read more specifics about the Wade Buckaroo Ranch Saddle.

Here are your options:

1) AS PICTURED- The swells, back jockeys and half-covered stirrups are stamped with a traditional geometric box stamp giving it a traditional “waffle” look. And the rest of the saddle is Rough Out with a “wavy river" border stamp around edges; it has a look similar to a rope design.

2) All Rough Out.

3) All Smooth out (grain out).

The wade buckaroo style saddle has always been a favorite of old west cowboys, but recently these slick fork style saddles have gained popularity in western riding.

A wade tree saddle is a slick fork type saddle. This slick fork or buckaroo style of saddle is primarily used for working long hours in the saddle while tending to cattle and livestock.The "Slick fork" (or A-fork) refers to the shape of the saddle's fork, the part at the front of the sadddle tree that joins the bars together and provides a base for the horn. The fork on a slick fork saddle is generally only 8 to 10 inches wide with the sides of the fork sloping straight up to the outside of the horn.

There are many styles of forks, but the slick fork in a buckaroo style wade saddle is what makes this saddle a cowboy/cowgirls and western riders dream. The slick fork style allows the front of the saddle to be open, which provides more comfort for long rides and freedom of movement for ranch work.
Here are more features of the buckaroo style wade saddle that appeal to both western riders and cowboys/cowgirls:

Sits exceptionally low and close to the horse giving the horse better leverage when holding roped livestock.

short, stout horn built for dallying. Wood post horn (not metal) that is part of the laminated layers that create the fork. This construction allows the gullet area to be scooped out without sacrificing strength, and allows the saddle to sit lower on the horse.

The bars of the tree have more surface area in contact with the horse's back than most other western trees, providing better weight distribution.

Deep seat designed for comfort and security for long hours in the saddle.

Stirrups are hung directly under the rider, placing the rider in the optimal balanced riding position.

Double rigging

Traditionally flat plate rigging, but in-skirt is becoming more popular

Higher cantle

The History of the Wade Saddle

(thank you to our friends at cowboy showcase)

Clifford Wade, whose family came west on the Oregon Trail, had a saddle, made by an unknown maker, that his dad brought with him from the east. Tom Dorrance, who lived in Wallowa County, Oregon, cowboyed with Clifford and admired Clifford’s livestock handling ability and the saddle Clifford rode that he had inherited from his dad.

According to Dale Harwood, (pictured here) noted Idaho saddle maker, in 1939, Tom Dorrance took Clifford’s saddle to Hamley & Company Saddle Shop in Pendleton, Oregon. He had a new saddle made on a saddle tree copied from the tree in Clifford’s old saddle.

In 1940, Tom Dorrance was not satisfied with the fit of this saddle. He went back to Hamley’s and worked with Walt Youngman, head tree maker at Hamley’s, and they made some modifications in the saddle tree. At that time, Hamley’s made both saddle trees and saddles at their shop. Dorrance continued riding this improved saddle throughout his long career as the premier horse psychologist.

Hamley’s made more of these trees that Tom Dorrance and Walt Youngman had designed. They wanted to call them Dorrance trees, but Tom wanted the tree named after Clifford Wade from whom they had copied the original. Hamley & Company made a few saddles on the Wade trees. They were mostly scattered around northern Nevada, eastern Oregon, and southern Idaho, but had limited popularity.

In 1961, Dale Harwood opened a saddle shop in southern Idaho. Harwood had buckarooed on ranches all over northern Nevada and Oregon. He started making saddles for working buckaroos.

In 1962, Ray Hunt had Dale Harwood build him a saddle on a Wade tree. Harwood credits Ray Hunt with popularizing the Wade style of saddle by riding one in the many horse clinics Hunt conducted throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

Own a piece of history with this hard working Wade Buckaroo Ranch Saddle and With the name Buckaroo Leather on your saddle and tack,you know there is no higher guarantee of quality and workmanship. It represents an organization proud of its establishment in 1979, and ever since catering to horseman and women with two generations of experience and knowledge applied in the making of riding equipment to the most exacting standards. And rest assured you will receive the most value for your money spent.

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