Western pleasure saddles are the staple in horse saddle history. These saddles have been used for just about every purpose under the sun. They were one of the first saddles to be used and are still very popular among many people today who love horseback riding. Pleasure saddles are at the forefront of the saddle market and see no indication of decline in sales anytime soon. There are different types of western pleasure saddles for someone to choose from. With each different type, some of the characteristics may change slightly but overall they still have the same characteristics.
One of the categories for these pleasure saddles is just the category of pleasure. They are designed for comfort as well as endurance. These types of pleasure saddles may have a high cantle, this will allow for longer riding times that offer the most comfort when riding. Very decorative tooling is usually done on these types of saddles. These pleasure saddles will always contain a seat that is comfortable with a moderate size horn.
The other type of western pleasure saddle is the show saddle. These saddles are designed for judging competitions as well as special events or occasions. You see these saddles mainly in parades or circuses. Rodeos also employ the use of these types of pleasure saddles. These saddles are always very flashy to look at. They keep in touch with today's finest saddle trends and are decked out with silver trimmings over every part of the saddle.
Some people use these pleasure saddles for competition. The reason for this is due to the light weight that is associated with this type of saddle. Less weight means that the horse will be able to perform better and faster than it would if it had to bear a heavy saddle.
This type of saddle is often used on gaited horses. This allows for a more freedom in their movement. Most pleasure saddles are purchased just for pleasure riding along your local horse trail. These characteristics are generally the same on each western pleasure saddle with slight differences based on what you are using your pleasure saddle for. They can be used for just about any reason and are very dependable saddles to own.