So y’all!! If I wasn’t convinced about the Steele saddle before my ride yesterday (I was!), my horse definitely convinced me!! Here’s what happened: Talk about testing this saddle…!!! Thanks to my Rio, I couldn’t have planned this one if I tried!! My husband was out in the lower pasture on the tractor mowing, and Rio and I were riding toward him. Apparently, the tractor got a little too close for Rio’s comfort, And he shied – I mean like violently spun away from the tractor – let me TELL YA – I didn’t MOVE in this saddle!!! I was totally secure!! Then he did it AGAIN, and I still didn’t move – I lost my left stirrup, and still didn’t move!! I was cracking up – my husband probably thinks I’m crazy (course he thought that before this happened LOL) Then, of course, I started thinking about a few other times in the past couple of years that I’ve fallen off – hmmm if I’d have had the Steele saddle, I wouldn’t have fallen off LOL! BUT I can’t change the past! SO yeah – this new custom saddle is DEFINITELY SOLD!! I ordered it yesterday!! Its gonna take 14-16 weeks for them to build it, they are behind because of Covid, which led to supply chain issues… and THEN their area is in the part of Tennessee that had the horrible flash floods a few months ago, and they are still recovering from that! This saddle is SO worth the wait for me! And it’s going to be beautiful!!! Yesterday I returned the demo saddle that you see on Rio, and got to choose my saddle colors and other options, and met some of the great folks, and saw some of the processes of how saddles are made. It was fascinating!! . They also obviously ship both the demo saddle and their custom saddles to people who are further away – they even ship to Israel!! – Denise K.
I picked up my saddle today and it is beautiful!! I took a short ride to see how it fit my horse and how I liked how I sat in it. It is fantastic!! Thank you again for the entire process of choosing a saddle that I liked and is good for my girl. I can’t say enough good things about Fred and his staff as well. – Linda K.
I’m excited to be testing out a new saddle for two weeks… It’s a Steele ‘Frontier’ Saddle. (Horse friends, never heard of them? I hadn’t either till I asked someone in our saddle club “what kind of saddle is that?” And then googled it!) They have a saddle demo program that allows you to ride the saddle for two weeks and see how it works for your horse and for you. So far, I absolutely LOVE it!! I feel secure and very comfortable in it, and I am not having a problem lifting it on and off my horse! And I’m not sore – my knees feel good! I know several folks who have them, and they have said nothing but great things about them!
We picked the demo up Monday at their warehouse in McEwen TN, West of Nashville. (You can have it shipped if you don’t live nearby!) We got home around 6, and I had to go out and try it on Rio. I didn’t ride, it was nearly dark by the time we got out to the barn and I wanted to start fresh so Tuesday (in between the storms) I went out and tacked up, and got on after we played on the ground for a bit and took some photos.
While I am still in the process of trying the saddle to be 100% sure, I’m pretty confident that it’s going to work for both of us. For Rio, (he is a foundation Paint who has no wither and is a tank!), and for me – I need a lighter saddle that is easy for me to handle and doesn’t make me hurt!!)
Steele Saddles are made in Tennessee, and every part of the saddle is made in the USA. I just love that!!
Eric at Steele Saddle, thank you for your attention to detail! I love how this saddle is made and how comfortable it is, and I appreciate the demo program! I’ve ridden twice so far…hoping to ride today as long as the rain stays away!
The adventure continues… #RideRideRide
– Denise K. (Facebook Testimonial)
We rode in MO for 2 weeks in June with Best of America by Horseback. Vern got so many compliments on his new saddle. He didn’t get to ride for the past 7 weeks because he had to have surgery for a torn, detached retina and he rode Thursday. I hope to get my saddle back soon. I have loaned it to Jim H. until he gets his. He rode in my saddle and had no pain whatsoever in his knees. I have loaned him mine so he will be pain-free until his arrives. I still love my 20-year-old Steele Saddle that I have had fourteen years. One day we still hope to make a road trip to meet you and your beautiful wife and kids. God bless!
Steele Saddles are the ultimate tack for gaited horses! We are thrilled with the new Steele saddle and saddle pad for our therapy horse, Cooper, that was funded by a generous anonymous donor. The saddle and saddle pad fit Cooper perfectly and are a very comfortable ride for our participants of all ages. The quality and craftsmanship of your products are appreciated beyond measure.
-The Team at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center
I am a 60-year-old horsewoman. Currently, I don’t have my own horse, but I am a Co- rider for horse owners that don’t have enough time to exercise their horses. Because of this arrangement, I get to sit in many different brands of saddles, but I always need to change the stirrup length and some saddles can be very heavy. Recently I saw the “try before you buy” advertisement from Steele Israel. That gave me the idea to buy my own gear. Gabriella gave me a demo saddle for a week, and now I never want to ride in any other saddle again. I am really happy that you have a dealer in Israel, that supplies “tester” saddles, without that service I would never have discovered your saddle. It’s a great idea! Gabriella made me feel like a VIP, which made the whole process fun.