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[RC] kids saddles - Dot Wiggins

I don't know what kind of saddle I had before but around 5 (1935) my folks bought a 12" western saddle for me. It was made by Connolly Bros. in Billings Mont. for a ranchers boy. He had the tree made to fit horses, the tree and rigging was the same strength and quality as any good full sized saddle, and the floral carving was really nice. When the boy outgrew it they traded it in on a bigger one. We all used it in time, and my kids also. The fenders were cut down some to go shorter, but for the smallest kids we used english type leathers. The stirrups were kid sized, wide bottom with a full hood. When big enough to wear real boots with good heels the stirrups were midsized plain visalas. Never see these now.
This saddle is still in use, it's had new rigging and new sheepskin, but otherwise good as ever. Quality lasts.

We did lots of bareback too, but found if we were riding lots of hours and lots of hills, both horses backs and riders butts got too sore. {;>(
There's a reason the ancients figured out how to put something between horse and rider <g>


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