Mike Branch Natural Ride Saddle
Tree: Custom Made or Natural Ride Tree, made of Southern Yellow Pine covered in a single hand-laid layer of 6 oz fiberglass cloth. Manufactured exclusively for us by Steele Saddle Tree LLC. The ground work is hand shaped using skirting leather over a 20 gauge saddle strainer (tin seat).
Seat Size: Available in 15", 16", and 17".
Weight: Approximately 29 lbs.
Skirts: Length 26" (on 16" seat); Width 13 ½" at front and 9" at rear, lined with faux shearling, 90% wool.
Cantle: Height 4"; Width 13"; Dish 1 ½"; Style 1 ½" Natural Rawhide Covered Pencil Roll, Hand Sewn.
Horn: Height 2 ¾", Diameter 2 ½", Leather covered, Hand Sewn.
Stirrup Leathers: 2 ½" with Leather Covered Blevins Buckles, machine sewn and copper riveted at the Blevins Buckles and the top of the fenders.
Stirrups: Wooden metal bound natural rawhide covered, hand laced bell stirrups with 3" treads.
Rigging: Horseshoe Brand Flat Plate in-skirt, 7/8’s position, 2 ½" beveled stainless steel dees in rear.
Flank Cincha: 3" tapering to 1 ¾"; burgundy latigo lined with stainless steel roller buckles.
Leather: 13-15 oz. Mahogany Skirting.
Trim: All Hardware including the saddle screws and washers is stainless steel. Saddle strings cut from premium 5-7 oz. burgundy latigo. We use the Union Lockstitch to sew and pull the 277 white nylon thread tight at 5 ½ stitches to the inch.
Finish: Each Mike Branch Natural Ride Saddle first receives a warm coat of 100% pure neatsfoot oil followed by a generous coat of Aussie Leather Conditioner. Edges are burnished by hand rubbing.
Tooling: Carlos Border.