About Us ...
- Jack Haggis Saddlery has been producing custom saddles for both gaited and non gaited horses for OVER 40 YEARS. With years of experience as "field trialers", Jeff, Karen, and their staff know precisely what features to build into each saddle that will provide comfort for both horse & rider, durability and craftsmanship.
- New design innovations and quality craftsmanship are achieved through the services of a cavalry master saddler. This ensures comfort and durability to both horse and rider. The finest materials are used to give a first-class finished look to each saddle and all accessories.
- The entire staff is trained to maintain the highest standard when manufacturing saddles, parts, and accessories. Pride is taken in the ability to produce the best quality product in the shortest amount of time.
History of the Trooper Saddle ...
This style was originally designed in the early 1800's when the army mounted divisions were plagued with their trooper's horses being out of action because of sore backs. The earliest models of the Trooper Saddle addressed the problem of weight distribution with the implemention of several elements.
- Side Bars: contoured to the horses back, removed direct weight from kidneys and were structured not to restrict any movement of the withers.
- Front/Back Arches: steel arches and support webbing prevented pressure on the animals spine and evenly distributed weight across the back
- Dished Seat: kept the rider in an upright balanced position.
As years passed, slight modifications were made to improve the style and comfort of the saddle. Shorter yet wider white ash side bars, the ability to fit both gaited and non gaited horses, a reduced cantle and longer lower seats were all major improvements in the saddle's design.