Dakota Custom Saddles

Our 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 Cowboy. Here is another great example of a trail/pleasure saddle as made especially the way you need it for your riding experiences.  This saddle has full QH bars and a 20" seat made with NASA foam; Inseam was set for a shorter inseam rider. Perforated Comfort seat top with center fire rigging.

Dakota Trail - Modified Roper Styled Pleasure Saddles

Here we have a 20 inch seat with that comfy NASA foam inserted, so that it contours to your buttocks. Just 10 minutes & it settles in to your body shape!  Especially great if you ever had lower back issues or a coccyx bone problem. Done in an extended bicycle seat for still closer contact. This was fitted with a little lift for rider's legs to feel closer together. Perforated top grain seat allows all the breathe ability you can get. 

The rigging is set for center fire options so that you can best fit a few horses, adjusting the girth position for each horse perfectly! This makes it easy to find that sweet spot your horse likes on his back, and move the girth off his elbows too. You can see from the pics that the rings are done "roper" styled with drop rigging. Rear ring still allows you to tie your extra long girth tie strap through both front and rear to achieve the center fire advantage, even with a flank attached! Thanks to BigHorn for those nylon girth straps - 90 inches! 

  Real sheepskin bottom holds the saddle next to the pad without unnecessary movement, yet still has thousands of air pockets for best protection of the horse back.  And all these air pockets also add to rider comfort. 

We worked with the customer to have an easy to care, attractive riding saddle. The inseams were custom fitted through jockey and stirrup customization. The teardrop type trail fenders allow easy turning when shorter inseams are in effect. Skirts were cut in a butterfly pattern for more close contact. And the front drop rig allows both strength and closeness to your horse for better signaling. Although I tied the girth straps to the front rig, you could as easily tie to the back to make even less bulk under your leg.  

The tree used was a modified roper, hide covered for best flex where you need it and proper rigidity to hold it in place too. The wider bars of a roper allow more distribution or weight so there is no pinching on fewer vertebra of the horse spine. The hide covered tree allows flexibility not found in less expensive fiberglass covered trees. Shell border will keep the edges from rolling upward, and makes cleaning an ease. Though the horn change prohibits roping, the rest of the saddle is strong enough for whatever you might meet. 

For all those things you might like to bring with you, Dakota added front & rear rings on pommel and cantle. And, 6 strings attached to dee clips under the conchos.  

Oiled, conditioned, stirrups turned but not tied, so the rider can easily make adjustments as she rides longer trails. ( Yer legs won't get as tired if you're letting them shift now & again. WE finish with a nice protective saddle lac to further protect and to better blend the coloration.  YEp, Black, but we could make it in any color. 

When we build yours, you too can give us your true inseam measurements and we can have the saddle fitted for your best comfort. This is especially handy for youth, ladies, or tall cowboys! (Measure from your crotch to the ground while barefooted, with feet about shoulder length apart. if this is 30 inches, we will actually have the stirrups ready to set at 28 inches, so you can sit with pressure comfortably in your stirrups. Yes, the leathers will still adjust with the other holes.)

Every part of this saddle is made for you to enjoy your ride. This roper was modified to be just what the rider needed. The rear reinforcement on the flank will keep that flank from shifting into the way of the horse as terrain changes.  We can make the saddle with or without the flank straps. 


The tooling enhances the simplicity of the flowing design of those skirts. Putting a plate rig on a drop prevents damage to a skirt that could happen as strain is placed on your equipment. This is why you see this Bork type rig on the heaviest built ranch saddles.  The bicycle seat gives all the comfort with ability to feel more narrow in the tree to the rider. Six strings are hung through the dee clips for easy on & off as you like.  For a trail roper, this one certainly is made for comfort for your horse and long rides for you.  

The pleasure type horn has been popular since the 1970's. The comfort cantle gives you a lot more support than grandad's "little wonder" tree so popularized by Simco and others of that era.  Stainless steel breast collar dees compliment the rest of stainless hardware. They are set high on the skirts to keep the breast collar from drooping low on your horse. More Stability! 



No. DAK-213 Custom Trail Saddle

  • TREE: Custom Comfort Hide Covered Wood Tree. Full Quarterhorse Bars are most popular with this one. Select other trees available.  - 5 Year Warranty
  • HORN: 2 1/4" Leather Covered
  • CANTLE:  4" comfort cantle
  • RIGGING:  Bork Type Drop Rigging front. Availability to go Center fire with Rear positioning.
  • STIRRUP LEATHERS: 2 1/2" with Blevins Buckles
  • STIRRUPS:  Leather covered bells shown. Aluminum Endurance stirrups available.
  • FINISH:  Shell Border Trail Tooling.
  • COLOR: Black Shown
  • WEIGHT:  Approximately 33/34 Pounds

    Call for current price. This one or a similar model can be built and ready to go soon.

NOTE: 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!

Seat Sizes

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13", 14", 15", 16"





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BS11 Shell Tool $144.99

Our Price:  

Our CC Prices are Too Low To Advertise.  Dakota requested that we not post our actual delivered prices.   We will deliver more saddle value for the buck than anyone; because, we know more about riding, and fitting saddles than most! (No brag, just fact!)

Really, with all the many options available, these saddles are hard to price without a conversation anyway.   Thanks, Chuck

And don't forget about a matching breast collar with your saddle! Cultured Cowboy carries a full complement of tack and accessories for you and your horse.

 Please e-mail or call us for a friendly quote on your “Dream Saddle”. 

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