Like all good saddles, the “Double Wade” design starts with the Wade-shaped tree. Made from hi-tech poly fiber, the tree is absolutely indestructible. The fiber tree allows incorporation of a cable rigging system, made of Kevlar material, the same material that bullet-proof vests are composed of. This cable rigging has three distinct advantages. First, it is fully adjustable, meaning the girth position can be easily adjusted forward or back to fit specifically to the horse you are riding at the time. This is a huge advantage over a fixed-rigging which is built in to most western riding saddles. The second advantage is the slim construction of the design; a standard rigging is thick with layers of leather and steel, preventing closer contact with the horse. The close contact of the cable rigging is second only to the feel of riding bareback. Finally, the cable system reduces the overall weight of the saddle by 10 to 15 pounds.
In the photo, Aaron is gluing, shaping and “skiving” the ground seat leather. Note that he is using a mule deer antler as a tool to smooth in the leather as he is gluing. Bobbi was onsite during this process to be “fitted” into the seat, which will be narrower across the forward part of the seat where the femur bone contacts the saddle, allowing a woman’s leg to fall into the proper position on the horse. The ground seat leather has also been built-up in the center, providing a higher rise which also facilitates the straighter drop of the leg on a woman’s build, while the “pocket” or rear seat is a little broader, to better fit the wider hips of women.
The sheepskin lining has been eliminated on this saddle design for several reasons. It adds little to no cushioning to the horses’ back, and if you press down hard on the sheepskin lining of any western riding saddle with your thumb, you will be surprised at how little cushion is present. Cushioning is the job of a high-quality wool saddle pad. Eliminating the unnecessary sheepskin also reduces quite a bit of the saddle weight, bulk, expense, and construction time. The Blue Sky Sage “Double Wade” Women’s Saddle is designed to be used with a very good quality wool pad or blanket.
The third feature of this design is the very slim, quick-adjust stirrup half-leather and buckle, with the “buckaroo twist”. This design promotes close contact, with a minimum of leather bulk between rider and horse, and puts the proper twist on the stirrup to prevent knee and ankle fatigue. The twist also helps the rider keep his or her legs and feet in the proper position with independent seat riding. And, these stirrup half-leathers also have contributed to reducing the overall weight of the saddle.
The complete design of the Blue Sky Sage “Double Wade” Women’s Saddle gives the close contact “weld” and security of a dressage saddle, the light weight and comfort of a trail saddle, and the durability and strength of a roping saddle. It is a design I think Clifford himself might have enjoyed riding.
The Blue Sky Sage Signature “Double Wade” Saddle has these standard features:
- Built on a CSST Lite-Ride® Tree composed of composite resin material
- Double H Ranch Cable Rigging™, Kevlar-coated, virtually indestructible.
- Lightweight (19- 21 lbs.)
- Narrower Seat with Higher Rise (specially designed for women)
- Close Contact (half leathers, flatter stirrup buckles, no extra layers of leather from skirting or rigging rings)
- Custom Fandek Stirrups, for better feel, balance, and grip. 4” standard, 3 ½” availabl
- Buckaroo Stirrup Twist to let stirrups hang correctly no knee twisting.
- Hardware in stainless or brass, stirrup covers also available in copper.
- Saddles DO NOT include saddle pad, girth, bucking rolls pommel bags or saddle bags. We sell pommel bags, saddle bags, nightlatches, and bucking rolls as accessories below. We recommend specific brands/styles of saddle pads and girths.
Colorado New Wade CSST Lite-Ride® Tree: this is the standard tree we use on our company and personal saddles.
- Gullet W: 6 1/2″
- Gullet H from front: 8″
- Bar: Semi-Quarter Horse, 22 ½” L
- Horn Choices vary.
- Seats: 14.5”, 15”, 15.5”, 16″, 16.5”
- Cantles & Seats:
4”x12” cantle available in 14 ½”, 15 ½”, 16 ½”, 17” seats
4½” or 5” x13” cantle available in 15 ½”, 16 ½” and 17” seats
Rocky Mountain Wade CSST Lite-Ride® Tree: The RM IS wider, flatter, more of a northwestern bar more surface area.
- Gullet W: 6 1/2″
- Gullet H from front: 7 3/8″
- Bar: Rocky Mountain Bars, 23″ L
- Horn Choices vary.
- Seats: 14.5”, 15”, 15.5”, 16″, 16.5”, 17”
- Cantles: 4×12″
Double Wade “Basic” Model – $2650.00 U. S. plus tax, and S&H
Wrapped horn post, stand-up 4” cantle
Double Wade “Deluxe” Model: $3050.00 U.S. plus tax, and S&H
Covered horn, Cheyenne cantle roll
Double Wade “Deluxe Model” with Custom Built Saddle Bags, Pommel Bags, Bucking Rolls, and Nightlatch: $4000.00 plus shipping & insurance, handling, 4% sales tax.
Accessories & Upgrades:
Custom Handmade Bucking Rolls: $150.00 U.S. plus tax, S&H
Custom Handmade Nightlatch: $75.00 U.S. plus tax, S&H
Custom Handmade Saddle Bags: $300.00 U.S. plus tax, S&H
Custom Handmade Pommel Bags: $300.00 U.S. plus tax, S&H
Inset Padded Seat: $425.00 U.S. plus tax, S&H
Other limited customizing available for additional cost.