Henry Miller Saddles
The Henry Miller Double Creek saddles are Amish built in Kentucky. Renown for their workmanship, each model with the exception of the Trail Saddle is built on the suspended seat. All models can be built with fenders or as an english. Standard features include stainless or brass fittings, four colors, smooth or suede seat, leather covered endurance stirrups, center fire rigging english or western, and edge tooling. Available options are numerous including floral, basket weave, and barb wire tooling, a stitched seat, accents such as diamonds, studs, crystals etc. Matching tack is also available. Please call for more information. 336-267-0276 eastern standard time Monday through Thursday 9-4 and by appointment.
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There are four models to choose from:
- Buena Vista Plantation: Built for long hours on the plantation, the Buena Vista is a historic model with the largest most comfortable wide backed suspended seat. Available in two tree options (comparable to a semi or full quarter horse), this model comes with your choice of fenders or English, edge tooling, brass or stainless hardware, smooth or suede seat, endurance or western stirrups, horn or no horn, western or english center fire rigging.
- The Western Trail: This is a compact low profile traditional western saddle built on a Raliad tree. It is the only model that is not built with the suspended seat. However it can be built on a semi or full quarter, or a flex tree as well! It's a beautiful saddle dressed up for show too, as well as a great trail model. It can be built without a horn too! This model can be built with english panels (often referred to as "the Kentuckian"), or as a traditional western with fenders. It can be built with, or without a horn.
- The Endurance: A wonderfully comfortable deep seat narrow twist suspended seat with a safe and secure half moon shape pommel. This is the only model that cannot be built with a horn. It can be built either english, or western with fenders. The deep seat models should be ordered one size larger than what you would traditionally ride in due to the pocket seat design. Don't be fooled by the rise in the seat, that rise is not like a hard dressage or tin ground seat, it's soft suspended under construction allows riders to mold that shape to your own shape within a few rides. You will not "crash" into that rise.
- The Old Timer: this is a model that combines several unusual combinations: an AFork pommel (half moon shape western pommel instead of the traditional western pommel with a right and left wing) and a "shovel" shape 5" cantle, along with the same narrow twist suspended seat this is the ultimate in both comfort and style. This model can also be built as an english or western with fenders, with or without a horn. A very secure saddle. You will not crash into that rise in front, and it sits just like the Endurance model. Order this model one size up from your usual seat size.
Why Choose Henry Miller Saddles?
Henry Miller is the nephew of infamous saddle maker Eli Miller. Henry Miller built custom hand built saddles for Eli for many years, eventually branching out with his own company, Double Creek Saddlery. Double Creek Saddles by Henry Miller are built on their own trees and the Steele brand tree, and feature center fire rigging, leather covered western or EZ ride or hooded stirrups, four colors, two hardware choices, Miller's edge tooling, suspended seat and their traditional 4 designs: the Old Timer western, the Endurance, the Buena Vista plantation, and the Trail (not built on a suspended seat). Each model can be built english or western for the same price. Horns or no horns are available on all models except the endurance.
What is the suspended seat? Most saddle makers build what is referred to as a "tin or glued layered leather ground seat". On top of that is foam, and finally the seat leather. In some cases, a hard seat has no foam padding. Either way, the foam very quickly "bottoms out" and you feel your seat bones. Good saddle makers build their hard seats ergonomically correct in which case a lot of padding is not necessary. The Millers' build theirs in a different way: instead of a hard ground seat they criss cross upholstery webbing from the cantle to the pommel, creating a sort of "hammock" to which then foam and the glove leather is added. This style of seat does not bounce as many might think, and, is hung just slightly over the tree bars. You sit very close to the horse, not up high as many may think. Ultimately comfortable, their seats get better with time, and there is no "finding your seat to avoid your seat bones", you simply relax into a firm but not hard seat that molds to your body shape. Even with the deep seated Old Timer or Endurance that have a sharp rise to the cantle, that rise is not hard! Within a few minutes of riding the suspended seat molds to your shape. We do suggest that you consider ordering one size larger if you prefer "wiggle room" in the Old Timer and Endurance seats but rest easy knowing you will not be crashing into a hard rise in front!
All models can be built english or western, you have a choice of stainless or brass hardware, colors black, brown, chestnut and tan, edge tooling, leather covered EZ Ride endurance or traditional western stirrups, center fire rigging, horn or no horn, suede or smooth seat all of which do not change the price of the saddle all of which do not change the very reasonable price of each saddle.
Upgrades are very reasonable in price, and add a personal touch to make your saddle your own style and look: ADDITIONAL CHARGE:
- Stitched Seat
- Square Seat
- Flank Rigging (Except the 102 Model)
- 3-Point Center-Fire Rigging (From Rear D)
- Basket Weave Tooling
- Floral Tooling
- Barbwire Border Tooling
- Diamonds or Studs
- Leather Bottom
- Buck Stitching
- Overlay Leather which includes Basket Weave Tooling in Addition
- Stirrup Turners
- Bucking Roll
- Extra Wide Stirrups
Matching tack is available as well as beautifully matched saddle bags and other accessories. Call us for more information, we love talking saddles. 336-267-0276 in North Carolina, ask for Shelby.