The Cowboy Saddle was the first saddle Steve designed, and it took almost five years of riding all types of mules and seeing all the types of ways they were happy and comfortable. The Heritage Saddle is the next evolution of making your mule and donkey comfortable. Steve made this saddle to help packers train their mules and donkeys to be comfortable.
Ranching for a living can be hard on livestock, and having the correct tack is very important. Using the bone structure of the donkey, Steve was able to find the right dimensions of the Heritage saddle. Your donkey or mule can drop as much as 100 lbs in one week of riding. Many people will just add pads, but that is going to be harder on the donkey because you would need to tighten up the pads each time. Steve has learned to use the bone structure as the basis of the saddle so you don’t have to go down this road.
As with all of Steve’s saddles, you can work or play with it, and this saddle will be a nice addition to your mule and donkey collection.
Built on a Wood Tree with Fiber Glass Coating
The wood tree brings you the history, the strength and the durability of a wood tree while providing the protection and preservation that comes from a state of the art fiber glass coating. Wood trees have a century long record of being a proven saddle tree but with raw hide coverings it has shown to breakdown by allowing moisture to creep in and ruin a saddle. With this combination we can brings both worlds together. You will get the durability from a wood tree along with the technology you need for the long haul.
Will This Saddle Fit My Mule?
You want to know if a saddle is going to be a good fit which is why every Steve Edwards saddle comes with a saddle fitting video to help you place your saddle, britchen, breast collar, and cinches in the correct position. It’s free with every saddle. If you do have problems, call Steve and he’ll help you out!
Tips From Steve
When you tighten the front cinch more than the rear cinch, it creates a canter lever action which pulls the saddle forward. This is why Steve suggests the rear cinch always be the tighter cinch.
Options and Accessories
– Breast Collar
– Stirrups – Tapaderos
– Stirrups – Leather Covered
Steve ALWAYS recommends using a britchen and breast collar regardless of whether you’re on flat ground or mountains. You have to remember that you’re riding a mule bone structure (which is a donkey bone structure) and your saddle will go forward due to the donkey V shape in the shoulders – this explains the saddle riding forward.
Decorative stamping is available for an additional charge. If you’re interested in decorative stamping, contact Steve directly for details, 602-999-6853. Allow up to 90 days for each saddle to be stamped.
While some riders prefer their own stirrups, Steve Edwards stirrups can be purchased for an additional charge. Steve recommends Tapaderos as the safest stirrup. In addition, Queen Valley Mule Ranch offers a top of the line leather covered stirrup.
Nylon Latigos Included with Your Saddle
Each saddle comes with four nylon latigos. Some customers ask about replacing the latigos with billets and we strongly discourage this. The cinches need to be balanced and centered which is why we ship with nylon latigos. Billets do not allow for the cinches to be centered and as a result, the saddle will roll and not be balanced. Billets result in the cinch being higher on one side than the other.
Questions About the Saddle
Contact Steve directly with questions or for more information 602-999-6853. You can also email Steve at [email protected]