customers are sometimes amazed at the results of Cultured Cowboy,
working through our saddle makers. Below are some very detailed
pictures for those of you who really like to see the finer points
of what to expect in a customized Dakota Saddle from Cultured
combination of maple leaf and basket stamp gives a beautiful
As in life with God, or with
your family, communication is the key to fulfilled expectations.
Being able to know about your horse, your riding style, your
terrain, your expectations and your aspirations as well as the way
both horse and rider are built,
custom penning saddle is a great case in point. One of our friends
called asking about a black ostrich seat on a nice saddle without
having to spend the $4500.00 he had been quoted by a few other
has been conditioned, but pics were taken before the hard
turns made into the fenders & stirrup leathers. CC has
made the leather fee luxurious! When you have us condition a
saddle for you, the stirrup stays in this position for
mounting, yet easily swings to fit without excess pressures
on the rider while riding.
in the past 30 years, I've seen the price of full quill ostrich
hides fluctuate between $250.00 and $800.00 each. (Try buying a
Dodge truck at prices from 30 years ago!) At the time of the
making of this saddle, Ostrich hides were at about $600.00 each.
To save overhead costs to you, Cultured Cowboy purchases your
exotic skins and ships them to the Dakota saddler. When making an ostrich
seat, we determine, with the customer, whether the hide is cut
full and center, (takes the best of the hide, and only one full
seat can be made from the hide), as was done here. Or we can do what most makers do
and blend from the full quill into the smoother parts and get 2
bicycle seats out of the hide. Seats take a lot of wear. It is
best to use the strongest, back, of the bird. If you use the belly
edges, it might split on you, usually at the jockey's edge, after a
time. So... we only do what is best for you. Beware a saddler
using belly of any leather for your seat. It stretches, feels
sloppy, and tears with wear. This is exacerbated when cheap
foams are used under your seat. This saddle has the best of seat
edges have been properly glued and stitched with black
thread to "tighten" the look & feel of this
saddle. Special ordered Montana Silver concho trim is used.
Pay Close Attention: any exotic seat must
be conditioned often, or it will not last. NO MAKER will warrantee
the seat, if you have not conditioned it. IF YOU keep it
conditioned, and ride under NORMAL conditions, it will last a good
time. If caught in rain, or mud, clean and re-condition asap. It
is not as delicate as tissue paper. Ya just gotta be more
attentive than with a cowhide.
areas of the exotic can be used for trim at only the cost of
additional labor, since the "exotic" has already been
bought for the seat. Trim will be from trim areas. On this DAK9555
model, the leather conchos, and front holders were also overlaid
with the ostrich. And while talking labor, an ostrich hide, or
alligator, takes a little more effort than a suede cowhide. Expect
a little extra for labor too.
and looks for a most enjoyable sport! This saddle is one of
several functional penning saddles that Cultured Cowboy
offers to you. On this particular model the rider wanted closer
contact. The saddler shaped skirts and stirrup leathers working
with jockeys and fenders to accomplish this for you.
penning, it is important that the team work together and that each
member has the right equipment. You need something to let you get
in the herd and see those
numbers and to be able to take the darts and turns of the sport.
Same saddles will work good for sorting! Shown is the model DAK-9555 with
a very popular roper type seat. Here, a one piece
leather seat is used for grounding, then a padded bicycle seat is
added for just a right touch on the seatbones. Allows comfort
whether standing in the deep roper stirrups, or sitting down to
cut 'em through the gate. That 4 inch cantle will not let you get
"left behind". This saddle uses a high tech NASA type foam padding
for the seat that will not compress to "bottom out" like
carpet foam types that may be used in other saddles. It is sort of
heat activated to conform to your seat bones, like a heavy duty
Temperpedic bed would. (This material has more density than the
beds.) Even so, it does
not feel "Double thickness, like a diaper stuck between your
legs. All the comfort and no slippery feel like with a seat
The position of the stirrup
leathers is optimized for your sport. The owner here chose
smooth side out on the fenders and jockey, for a finish he can
appreciate. This 9555 is
shown with a Cheyenne
roll on matching leather. Stainless cantle lacing is available. This penning pommel is
straight up to allow plenty of room for your thighs as you
are up in the saddle. Deep roper stirrups will give lots of
support when riding. Skirts are conventional. Shown with a special
9555 black inlayed basket tooling pattern, with maple leaf
highlights. You can choose any
tooling pattern for this saddle model; or have this tooling
pattern used on other Dakota saddles. Stainless steel breast collar dees for double tug
breast collars have been added.
No junk under
side either...stainless, drop rigging, leather covered
stainless Blevins buckles. Stirrup leathers that are made to
last. (fastened by copper rivets) See how flexible the
whole legging is when properly conditioned for you. Using
Lexol and Extra Virgin olive oils, we can ad depth without
making the saddle so dark. Using pure Neatsfoot of a high
grade, you can darken your leather more, if you so desire.
Once we finish the saddle, you should simply wipe down dust
& dirt off, then use a light coat of Lexol Conditioner
after you ride, often enough to keep the moisture balance in
your leather, and this way, you don't have that dreaded
"every 6 month" cleaning and reconditioning job.
Remember that when you saddle soap your saddle, this cleans
the pores, but conditioners are also removed. Add them
sheepskin adds another whole layer of the sheep leather
across the entire skirts. See how the fiber is holding well
when all the weight of the saddle rear is on the small area
of my hand. Across your horse's back, very
Cultured Cowboy has arranged with
Dakota to allow a choice of extra heavy fleece on the skirts,
either heavy synthetic or real sheepskin. Have a hoofpick
holder on the flank billet, or any of the
other options. Choose your color of leather; but, this saddle is
spectacular as is! If you are interested, you
can give us your true inseam measurements and we can have the
saddle fitted for you. This is especially handy for youth, ladies,
or tall cowboys! You can get up to six saddle strings stung
through the tree, or on dees under the conchos, (shown with rear
Choose between full or regular Quarterhorse bars. The standard nylon tie straps
allow more close contact between horse and rider. Leather is
available if you prefer. Call or email us with your needs. We will
"get 'er done" fer ya!
housing is stitched together and properly attached to the
saddle. You could choose a tooled, stitched plate, as
shown,or laced together with rawhide.
rubbed and conditioned from some of the best
Argentine type skirting leathers. Hand tooled and
custom black dyed inlays for highlighting. Black
accent points on horn wrap and girth tie
straps. Matching headstall and reins, and
breast collar were made for the complete set.
to view, beautiful to ride. Engineered comfort for
horse and rider.
Breast collar and headstall with reins is available
DAK- 9555 Penner Roper
- TREE: Fiberglass
covered Full Quarterhorse Bars. 5 year warranty.
Standard Post 3 3/4" High 2 1/4" Cap.
Black Full Quill Ostrich
4" Tooled Leather
Double Stainless Steel 7/8 position.
9555 Spot carved Maple Leaf with Black inlay
Tooling pattern. Ostrich trim at conchos and
latigo holders. Special Montana Silversmith
concho trim set. Stainless steel dee clips under
LEATHERS: 3" with leather covered
Dark Golden Brown. (Other Colors Available).
Approx 35 lbs.
- 15", 16", (17"
Extra Charge). Bicycle Seat
The reasons Pricing is left off: 1) Dakota
asked us not to advertise our low pricing. 2)
Almost all of these saddles are customized for you,
and the Low Pricing must be figured depending on the
many options chosen. Thanks!