What are the advantages of the different riggings?
The flat plate and inskirt are equally strong and positioned the same. The flat plate is the more traditional rigging for the Wade. The inskirt has less bulk under the rider's leg. Both provide a good swing for the stirrups. The round ring rigging can be positioned the same as a flat plate, but has less movement or swing in the stirrups. The double D is not used in a Wade but is popular on calf roping or team roping saddles. It is positioned higher and all the cinch pull is in the front, not spread evenly through the bars like the other riggings.
How do you ensure that the saddle tree fits the horse?
This is our number one priority. There are a number of different ways that we can do this. First, you can bend a wire over the horse's withers. Next, trace the wire outline onto a paper. Then, mail the paper to us.
The second way is to bring the horse to the Frecker's Saddlery, and we will do the measuring. Third, there is a form you can buy that when heated will form to the shape of your horse. We can then use the form to get the necessary measurements. Please email or contact us for more information.
Is a wire tracing necessary to have before ordering or buying a saddle?
In most cases no. The trees are made to fit the breed of horse. All horses backs change from year to year and season to season, but if there is a question, send in a wire tacing and have peace of mind knowing the saddle will fit.
What is the advantage of the rough-out leather versus the smooth?
The rough-out is popular with cowboy and horse trainers because of its simplicity. It is easy to care for; just brush off the dirt & oil, no saddle soaping. The rough-outs don't scratch or mark, and you don't move in the seat as much. The smooth-out, on the other hand, holds up better in bad weather because you can use leather creams to condition and weather-treat. The smooth leather actually grips better when riding with chaps than rough-out. Smooth leather requires more maintenance to soap and clean. Smooth leather can have more intricate tooling than rough-out.
The simple answer is NO. The term "Wade" is the name of the style front that the saddle has. The fit is determined by the tree maker and the bars he uses. Most handmade tree makers use a larger, wider bar for their Wades, which gives more surface area to contact the horse, which spreads the pressure out on the horse's back. The same bars can be used with a variety of front styles, giving the same fit. The opposite is also true - with most production made trees, a narrower and straighter bar pattern is used on all their front styles, so a "Wade" style front from them won't fit any better than the rest of their trees.