Description: Crates Leather Company offers a variety of horse saddles, including those made for horse trail riders, endurance/distance riders, and those who ride Arabian Horses.
The test: Our Ask the Trainer columnist, J.F. Sheppard, has used Crates Leather Company saddles on his horses for the past 18 years, putting them to the test on numerous horse trail rides. He's found that the models with fiberglass trees are light enough to handle with ease, yet are sturdy. "Trail riders will enjoy the comfort of the thick, padded seat," he notes "And the fenders move freely, so you can position your legs for balance and optimum contact." Sheppard has also used Crates saddles to start youngsters, work cows, perform reining patterns, and team pen.
Cost: See your local dealer.
Contact: Crates Leather Company, (423) 622-7503; www.cratesleather.com.