Making it right the first time.

Having a saddle made is a substantial investment.  More than your barn, stables, trailers, or training facilities, your saddle will affect your relationship and communication with your horses.  The saddle is between you and your horse. For the two of you to find balance, and your horse to be focused, the saddle must be right.

When you seek out a maker for your saddle, you need to feel confident that you will be well taken care of.  You need to know that you are being heard and understood.  Riding is a multifaceted activity.  When you are in the saddle many things are happening all at the same time and your saddle maker needs to be aware of this complexity.

My name is Gordon Andrus.  I’ve been involved with horses for decades, but this alone isn’t enough to qualify me to make the right equipment for you.  I’ve had to apply an open and inquisitive mind to my work.  I’ve had to earn the knowledge and ability to do this work.  As a professional saddle maker, I know that each client comes with their own needs, and their own level of experience.  I’ll ask the right questions and listen closely to your answers.  My work is done at a highly professional level.  My name goes on it, and I stand behind it.

Gordon Andrus

Saddle Maker

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Base priced saddles are smooth or rough-out.  They are available on either a 9″ Wade or 14″ swell fork tree. Seats are available in 15″, 15 1/2″, and 16″ standard lengths.  Standard cantles are 12 1/2″ wide by 4 1/2″ high, with 1 1/2″ dish. They come complete with,

  • flat plate rigging,
  • back cinch,
  • back jockeys,
  • straight up cantle binding,
  • six strings with leather conchos,
  • horn wrap,
  • rope strap,
  • Blevins buckle stirrup adjustment,
  • metal bound stirrups with leather treads,
  • 6′ latigo, and off side half breed style latigo.   

The trees are made to exacting specifications, usually in a 4.25″ x 8″ gullet width and height.  The width is measured at the back of the fork at the hand hole with the gullet height measured at the fork rim.  90-degree front bar angle is most common. This configuration has been found to fit a wide range of horses, however all these measurements can be altered as trees are made to order.  In skirt or Hubbard rigged saddles can also be ordered, along with full or partial tooling and other custom configurations on any tree.  Call for a quote.

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