For those customers who do not desire a saddle fitting prior ordering a custom saddle, If you would like a little assistance
please consider a Limited Consult so I get what I need to make a tree recommendation.
Choices for Standard Tree:
XB basically the same as the FQHB D bar fit that Crates and Rocking R used., with the exception that the front bar pad is not as large & is flatter to fit a horse that is full behind the shoulder.
RF Slightly less curve front to back than the XB and more flare on front bar tips. Having flat bar pads for maximum surface contact.
The above 2 trees are my "go to" saddle trees that fit the widest variety of horses. the XB is the curvier of the 2 trees.
FQHB 6.75″, 7″, 7.25″ GW- 92 Degree bar angle, average curvature front to back and sufficient front bar flare the average shoulders. (more generous than many other brands of FQHB trees). The bar pads are rounded front and rear with flare on the tips.
This is the same saddle tree that Crates and Rocking R built their saddles on.
LT (Gaited) std width or + 1/4"GW- basically the same as the FQHB with these differences- a tad more rock front to rear and a tad more front bar flare
SQHB std width or + 1/4" GW- 88 degree bar angle, minimal front flare for a narrow/flat and vertical shouldered horse having minimal front to back curvature. Suitable for young horses & mules. Also fits a narrower rib caged horse best.
AW standard width or + 1/4" GW. This tree fits horses with excessive curvature front to back. Aging horses TB, Friesians, and some drafts. it has a slightly more horizontal bar over the ribs than the FHQB and has generous front bar flare, and the tips over the loins have been turned up. This tree leans towards fitting horses that narrow considerably behind the shoulder.
X- This tree fits most drafts and draft crosses, Friesians, Fjords.Horses having a Wide, flat back, with an upright or progressive shoulder and the spine having some curvature.
AR- 92 degree bar angle like the FQHB but having less curvature front to back and a less concave front and rear bar pad. This tree works nicely for reining and collection
I carry 20 additional trees that are all variations and combinations of the above trees . I do not list these trees since they cannot be found anywhere else. There is nothing to compare them to. They are fully custom trees that were made for a specific horse. I carry them and use them in my saddle fitting business.
You can view the horn, fork and cantle options on Steele Saddle Tree websitte @ http://steelesaddletree.com/
We have recently added a wade style fork and horn.
The style I have chosen to offer is a low profile forward
leaning fork with a 2.75" horn height with a 3.5" cap.
You can order your tree 2 ways:
1) Thin & light weight for trail or western dressage,
2) Heavy Reinforced & strengthened for roping.
You can preview your tree ordering options from:
Steele Saddle Tree website: