What is the difference between the Double Creek saddles and the Double Diamond Saddles by Henry Miller ? It's all in the details, technical details that make their saddles lighter in weight, adjustable rigging, pared down, less bulk under your leg, more close contact, and tree choices and a fit system to mention a few.
Mr. Henry Miller is the next generation of Amish saddle makers for horses and mules, trained by his uncle and renowned saddle maker Eli Miller. Double Diamond Saddlery is built with exclusive features combined with the traditional fine workmanship, patterns, and quality of his uncle Eli Miller.
As always, Mr. Millers saddlery and matching tack is hand cut, hand built one at a time, not mass produced, which is why you wait to get your saddle. The workmanship and attention to detail makes these saddles heirloom quality. If you've ever owned an expensive pair of shoes, you know what we mean by "getting better with age"...Double Diamond saddles are built using Wickett and Craig leather. That means they DO get better and better with age, unlike other saddles where the color rubs off , the leather curls or looses it's integrity fast, the seat breaks down and gets hard. Built on STEELE TREES there are several tree options to choose from.
Double Diamond Saddles by Henry Miller come with added exclusive technical options : double buckle adjustable center fire rigging either english or western, balance fender or stirrup position that can be moved to suit your riding style and build, lightweight leather fenders backed with biothane to cut down on the bulk and stiffness therefore little to no break in, several pounds lighter, two skirt options, open butterfly skirting in the rear for a full front to back gullet avoiding spinal and rump rubbing or pressure, several tree options including mule and donkey fits, and an easy to see fit system that insures you can correct some of the basic fit problems such as bridging, an asymmetrical body on the horse, rump high, atrophy at the shoulder and more.
a low profile, flat seat traditional western saddle with a choice of 4" pencil roll or cheyenne roll cantle, a slight rise to the narrow twist seat. Short single or double butterly open back skirted and weighing in at around 22 lbs, this is a great saddle for both kids and adults. Comes in several tree options, a great all around basic saddle. You can also build the Trail Saddle with english fenders... a style sometimes referred to as 'the Kentuckian". Can also be built without a horn.
A classic plantation saddle is built on a suspended seat...this is the ultimate in comfort for riders who want a slightly wider twist seat. Stirrups are positioned right under you, or can be set a little forward putting a little angle in your thigh (instead of your legs hanging straight down), and the seat is a shallow dip wide backed with great support. Not flat like a typical english, but not a deep pocket seat either. You can always add Bucking Rolls as a thigh block if you don't want a horn. If you ride long hours, this is a great option. Can be built with a horn or no horn, english or western fenders. Two tree options. Around 22 lbs. ith the full double skirting or a more pared down technical single skirt model that weighs around 18 lbs.
This is a deep pocket suspended seat with a narrow twist, high secure pommel "hand hold" instead of a horn and a high cantle in either a pencil or cheyenne roll. This saddle sits you with your legs hanging straight down in a balanced posture and can be moved to suit your needs. Several tree options. Center fire two buckle adjustable rigging, biothane backed leather fenders or english leathers. Double skirted weighs around 22 lbs. or single TEK model 15 lbs. Endurance stirrups are standard.
This is an old standard out of the west design with a traditional "Lady Wade" AFork pommel along with a 4 1/2" pencil or cheyenne roll cantlel, narrow twist suspended seat that sits very much like the Endurance model. A very close contact deep pocket seat that sits you in a balanced position allowing your legs to drop straight down from the hip or be moved as needed, biothane backed fenders, center fire two buckle adjustable rigging, single or double skirting with butterfly back end, rear flank available. Around 22 to 24 lbs depending on skirting choices.
Please click on each saddle style for pictures, options, matching tack, and ordering.
Other than the Trail Saddle model, all the models are built on a suspended seat. Unlike other saddles that perch you way high off your horse, Double Creek saddles put you right down on your horse. The suspended seat is an Amish specialty: you are not sitting on the hard tree, rather you are sitting on what is similar to a hammock of laced upholstery webbing that is attached to either side of the bars on the tree, then foam, then glove leather. What this translates to for the rider is far less concussion to the body because you are not sitting on something hard. You do not feel any bounce what so ever, you just melt into the seat with unbelievable comfort. You'll notice a distinct difference in the aches and pains of your neck, back, hips and knees on a suspended seat. And remember, they are not only suspended, but close contact at the same time.
You build your saddle the way you want it. Changing the color, seat smooth or suede, rigging, fenders either english or western, stirrups, horn or no horn (with the exception of the endurance model that has a pommel)....none of these options change the price! You can build an endurance saddle out of the Old Timer for example, meaning no horn! Click on each model to see photos and descriptions of the fit of the seat and ride as they are all quite different.
All Double Creek Saddlery is built with "Double Rigging", not to be confused with "center-fire rigging". Double Rigging is under the fender is one leather strap attached to the rear of the tree and one strap attached to the front of the tree. The two straps meet at a stainless ring to which either english billets are attached or your western girthing. Double Rigging has great benefits: the pressure from the girth is in the center instead of very far forward seen in many traditional saddles, so the horse is way more comfortable since the rigging is pulling down from both the front and the rear of the saddle. You may find that you may be able to tighten less due to this feature. If on the other hand you want true "Center Fire Rigging", then order the upgrade "Rear Rigging" and specify that you want the Center Fire (not the rear flank strap). Note that true center fire requires careful checking and rechecking to insure that your saddle is rigged balanced on both sides! Who might need center fire? If you ride in very steep terrain you may require this style, but otherwise for pleasure riding double rigging is all you will need.
Since Double Diamond Equine is all about fit, we suggest that you also order a SKITO Equializer pad when your order your H.Miller saddle. We use the SKITO pad (please click to read about how we evaluate fit and the Skito pads we use for correcting fit, the SKITO saddle pad) because we can help you achieve a much better fit for your horse using their shims inside the pads. Think of it like "horse orthodics for the back". You surely cannot fit comfortably in just any shoe, neither can the horse fit in any tree either! Feel free to call for more information 336-267-0276.