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post #1 of 2 Old 06-05-2011, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
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Wade Saddle Type

Well, I was looking through a magazine I got from one of the reining sites I look on for tack/apparel, and found the saddle section. :p
I have absolutely no money for a saddle of my own to buy new, especially online, but I figured I'd ask what's so special about it and why it has a different name..It looks like a roping saddle with all the "extras" such as back cinch, rope holder thingy, etc.
So, what's so different about a Wade type that gives it a different name? I have to say, it did look pretty nifty in the picture, lol.
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"If you are looking to do some extensive riding, roping, or just plain want a better riding experience, the wade saddle is the way to go. Wade saddles are a type of Western saddle, built strong for livestock handlers, with a dipped seat and an exceptionally strong plate rigging. Wade saddles are ideal for all day riding through rough terrain. Because the saddle sits low on the horse, it gives the rider extra leverage which is helpful for stability in many situations, including handling livestock or riding uphill. The horn typically sits low as well, and out of the way." -wadesaddles.org

"This saddle was very different in appearance, the saddle’s pommel was almost non existent, it sat low and close to the horse, the rider sat deep with a high pencil roll cantle, the stirrups hung directly under the rider, optimizing a balanced seat position. The Wade saddle is built for the working cowboy and constructed for comfort and a full day in the saddle. It’s rugged, stout and tough enough to drag down anything you dally to. It truly is a working saddle." -horsetack-supplies.com

A wade saddle can be a bit expensive. I have heard that they are really comfortable. They are supposed to be a bit lighter than a regular roping saddle. They are built different and, therefore; look different. Below is an example of each with prices and weights. They are both Billy Cook saddles.

Roping Saddle:

Weight: 44lbs.
Price: $979.00

Wade Saddle:

Weight: 38lbs.

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