The Trailrider Saddle is built on a durable, molded polyethylene tree with an iron horn encapsulated incapsulated into the tree to make it sturdy enough to use for packing or working cattle; even trail riding on the roughest of terrain.
Steve has architected, developed and has used this design since 1986 – because it works. The seat, cantle and pommel are shaped to provide a secure seat and comfort for the rider who spends long hours in the saddle. Very comfortable (But don’t take anyone’s word for it – try it for yourself).
The saddle features a 7/8″ & 3/4″ rigging plate so if you have a short coupled mule you have the option of 3/4″ and for the average mule, 7/8″ is a great fit.
How Has Steve Used This Saddle?
Steve has used this saddle personally to drag firewood to camp as well as working cattle – it’s tough.
Does this saddle use fleece skirting? Yes
The saddle uses imitation fleece lined skirt which has been adopted based upon Steve’s 45+ years of riding. Wool has no better wear than the imitation lining and offers a longevity equal to that of wool. Wool was originally used by cowboys because saddles were never paired with blankets.
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 each saddle. If you do have problems, call Steve and he’ll help you out!
Saddle Description Features (Bullet Points)
7/8″ & 3/4″ rigging plate
Nylon front & rear latigos (cinches not included)
Lightweight at 28lbs for the 16″ saddle
Lightweight but tough
Stainless steel hardware
Saddle fitting video
Tips From Steve
Since the rear cinch is the most important it must be the tightest. Steve uses 5″ perforated neoprene cinches, front and rear.
When you tighten the front cinch tighter than the rear cinch this creates a canter lever action which pulls the saddle forward. Steve always suggests the rear cinch be the tighter cinch.
When a padded seat is added your seat size will be 1/2 smaller.
Options and Accessories
– Breast Collar
– Stirrups – Tapaderos
– Stirrups – Leather Covered
Steve ALWAYS recommends using a britchen and breast collar regardless if 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.
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 top of the line leather covered stirrup.
Decorative stamping is available and will require you allow for up to 90 days for each saddle to be stamped.
Nylon Latigos Included with Your Saddle
Each saddle comes with 4 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
Hey, give Steve a call if you have any questions about this mule saddle, 602-999-6853. You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.