We design and build custom short light close contact pared down technical Endurance Trail and western trail saddles, and a division of true working reinforced Ranch saddles. All built in the U.S.A, hand cut, hand built from the custom tree up.
ENDURANCE SADDLES: a built on a suspended ground seat, two pommel and cantle and seat options, 5 models to choose from. Available on any of the Steele Saddle Tree designations, mules and donkeys, drafts included. Cener fire english or western rigged, open channel front to rear, very pared down, english hybrid to an almost nothing saddle. 13-17 pounds.
TRAIL WESTERN SADDLES:
This category includes the Old Timer, the D-D Wade, and the Woodard Trail Saddles. Suspended or padded seats, biothane backed no torque 3 position fenders, center fire rigging english or western, lots of options. Light, close contact, pared down. Approx. 22 lbs. Base price $2089.00. All tree fits available.
WESTERN RANCH SADDLES:
The D-D Wade and the Woodard are available to be built as a true reinforced tree/horn and construction ranch saddle. Pretwisted fenders, heavier ounce leather, lots of strength to this saddle ready for trail or true ranching work. Many options, base includes a hard or hard with inlay bicycle padded seat or padded, this is where you can build a rough out, overlay fenders, square skirt etc. Weight 27 lbs. Base price $2489.00.
All of our saddles can be built successfully from afar. We have several methods that give us all the information we need to assess your animals.
SADDLE FITTING evaluation and correction on saddles you own already, and expertise fitting the saddle you choose to build.
All of the Double Diamond Saddles are offered on dozens of trees that fit the animals, not sold by gullet width or a wither tracing. We specialize is categories that other saddle makers avoid: draft, mule and donkey, gaited and trotting, from large to to the smallest of riding breeds. We aim to build saddles that create a pain free therfore focused successful bond between the rider and the animal.
We also are EQUIMapping: a service for evaluating and correcting fit on saddles riders already own.We have huge success fitting the hard to fit bodies and are well versed in shimming to fit for various issues such as the downhill animal, the exposed spine, the roach back, the sway back, body fat areas, the rehabbing animal, rigging alterations and more. You may read that shimming a saddle should not be necessary but in the world of off the shelf saddles that offer maybe three trees, shimming is necessary to correct the differnces between a generic tree and a not so generic body.
Our goal is to create pain free focused non resistant harmony between the rider and their equine by eliminating the affects of pain, and through careful examination of both the static and dynamic movement, balance the rider which ultimately gives confidence to the animal.
In 1990, owner and life long rider and carriage driver Shelby Friml set out to introduce the equine world to Malden Mills Polar Tek fabric, at the time not a part of equestrian sports yet, the perfect performance fabic for cold athletic endeavors during long New England winters. After developing a full line of human clothing that matched the equine blankets, quarter