Marciante Saddle & Leather Co., Inc.
The Marciante Trail and Endurance Saddle is a truly all purpose saddle with a perfectly
balanced ride. It has been ridden in many 50 and 100 mile races and on trail rides in all
types of terrain and weather all across the United States and is extremely comfortable for
both horse and rider.
I have taken the best features from every saddle I have ever ridden and put them into
one saddle. It starts with the tree. It is a Western tree made by Ralide with a few
modifications. The seat is 15" with a 3" cantle. This is average and fits most
people. There is 1/4" of padding between the leather and the tree. This helps to make
the seat more comfortable. There are no high spots in the saddle seat. Your weight is
distributed evenly across the saddle seat to your thighs. Distributing your weight allows
for a more comfortable saddle. The bars are 20" long, that is the reason I like the
Western style tree. It is longer than the Australian and most English saddles, so your
weight is distributed over more of the horse's back. The tree has high and wide
wither clearance and the tips, front and rear, have been flared out so they cannot dig
into the horse's shoulder or back.
You can order the saddles with or without a saddle horn.
Most Western saddles have sheepskin under the saddle for padding. The sheepskin wears down
and mats down rapidly. That's why I like the English idea of padding and took it one step
further. The padding I use absorbs shock and conforms to the little idiosyncrasies all
horses backs have and when the saddle is removed it returns to its original shape, ready
for the next horse. I wrapped all this in a rough-out leather so your pad does not slip.
It works great! The saddle is designed to have extremely close contact to the horse.
The rigging is attached to the tree and not the leather, because leather stretches. The
rigging is attached across the front, middle and rear of the tree with heavy gauge nylon,
for strength and easy maintenance. It is also lowered and out of the way of your knees and
is adjustable to the front and to the rear, to fit any horse and any style of riding.
Heavy gauge nylon attaches the stirrups to the tree, directly under you for a perfectly
balanced ride. The nylon gives you the free movement like English leathers, but you have
the comfort of the Western fenders. And of course, they are fully adjustable with Blevin
buckles. Special racing fenders are also available.
The saddle comes in your choice of medium brown or dark brown leather, with 6 D-rings, 6
latigo straps, 2 breast collar D-rings, off-strap, cinch rings and nylon tie straps and
stirrups. Cinch not included.
- For more information or to order you can contact me at the following phone number or
- Frank R. Marciante
- (520) 636-9737
P.O. Box 579
Paulden, AZ 86334-0579
- Electronic mail
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