I got the saddle Thursday and it fits both me and my horse well. After short rides at home Thursday and Friday I rode it on an 8 mile ride on Saturday, no dry spots.
So I thought I'd send pictures with the friend who bought my old Allegeny saddle.
Patricia P | 19 June 2023
This is my second beautiful saddle made by Allegheny. These saddles are high quality at
an extremely fair price! When my saddle from my last horse did not fit my new horse,
Allegheny gave me more than a fair trade in value for it! To say that their customer service
is phenomenal is an understatement, Staci & Kate are top notch when it comes to serving
their customers and never leave anything unanswered (and I ask a LOT of questions!). In
short, I will never go anywhere else for my saddle needs and recommend Allegheny to
everyone that I know!
Paula S | 03 May 2023
Thank you for all you have done for me and my very round mutton wither horse! I should have done this yrs ago instead of opting for a less expensive treeless. I haven't seen my mare so relax, even my trainer commented. Thanks again ladies!
Shannon S | 20 March 2023
From the moment I set the saddle on Charlie, he stood still and did not brace for cinching. This past year, he has been avoiding being caught and has been visibly irritated to be cinched up or have the saddle even swung over him. He was cranky when I got the new saddle set to swing over but as soon as it landed on his back, he gave a sigh of relief! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a saddle settle right on a horse and stay in place immediately. I lunged him to start and he was carrying himself long and low, stretched through his back.
Today, I took him out in the snow for an hour long ride through the fields. I was SO comfortable! My back has been in pain for over a year with a slipped disc issue and a very painful hip. From the moment I settled up there, I was “put” into a very correct position, my hip was comfortable, and my back had no pain. We trotted all over and try as I may,(due to my lack of balance) I couldn’t force my body out of the correct position! This made for a VERY willing horse. He usually fusses and refuses to trot off when first asked. Today, he willingly moved out and never asked to break back down to a walk. To say that I am pleased, is an understatement. The level of comfort on the very first ride for both Charlie and myself was amazing!
The only down-side; when your young horse feels good under saddle, then he gets a bit spry and tries a few antics that he couldn’t try before. 🙂 I was riding with my mother this morning who said, “Well, he has a new outfit, not a new personality!”. LOL.
Thank you again for all of the hard work you put into making sure I got the exact right fit for both Charlie and myself! It was worth every dime and every minute of time.
Now, all I have to do is put all of those other saddles up for sale. I’ve got the only one I’ll ever need now.
DeeAnn M | 13 March 2023
Hi, ladies. The saddle made it safely and I wasted no time trying it out. Evie and I are very impressed! I rode today in a looser girth than I normally would, and the saddle wouldn't shift even when I tried - unheard of in the 12 years I've been riding my round girl. It seems to fit like a glove and looks wonderful. Very comfortable for me as well. I can't wait to get out on the trails. Thank you both so much for all your help finally giving her the saddle she needs for optimal performance and comfort.
Amber W. | 25 January 2023
I absolutely love this saddle !!
It fits Finn and I perfectly, and it’s comfortable. Far exceeded my expectations. And it looks great on Finn.
Thanks for working with us and walking us through the process.
Here is a picture of my wife and Finn with his new saddle.
Randy K | 23 January 2023
Hello Kate and Staci,
Just to tell you that I love the saddle, seems to be a perfect fit. I went a couple of times on it, very comfortable. Thank you for your assistance and thanks to the builder... I know how much work gets into making one of these, awesome workmanship.
Thierry A | 17 January 2023
I never wrote you all back to say how much I LOVE my saddle! I rode in it all summer, pack trips in the Pasayten and Alpine Lakes Wilderness, clinics, equine trail sports competitions. Lots of compliments, many people sat in it and told me how balanced it felt and everyone who tries it loves the turn of the stirrups. Clearly my pony is starving (as evidenced by the shots below) but otherwise is comfortable and free to move, no more white spots anywhere on her back.
Thank you again!
Gillian | 14 November 2022
Good morning! I just wanted to let you know that I received your saddle and it fits my horse really well. I rode in it today and really love the feel and it was so nice and light. Thank you for your assistance.
Carol N | 11 October 2022
Hi Kate and Staci,
Just wanted to let you know that Rikki and I are lov’in our saddle!
Thank you for your great customer service!
Izzy M | 23 September 2022
My horse and I both love our new Allegheny saddle. It was well worth the wait. Not only is it beautiful, it fits my horse like a glove. I had tried several other saddles and finally decided to go custom. I was not disappointed. I ride almost every day (blessed). It is heaven going up and down the hills without the saddle moving.
Whatever Staci and Kate tell you, believe them. They will not lead you down a wrong path (or trail).
Very Happy Customer
Mary Lou | 12 September 2022
I just want to tell you how much Swifty and I have enjoyed the saddle. It is perfect! Kudos to you both for all your labor intensive work and emails. Many people have asked about the saddle. We went to the Cave Creek parade on Saturday, he had the best saddle in the parade! Many thanks!
I’m absolutely in love with my Allegany Saddle! The whole process of fitting and designing it was seamless and easy. Bring new to western saddles after a life in English, Kate was available for all of my questions about all the options and the “why” behind them. The craftsmanship took about 6 months from first call to finish, but I always received same day updates when I was anxiously checking in progress. It was worth the wait! It shipped beautifully and was butter soft and broken in out of the box. Most importantly, it fit my horse like a glove, and will keep him comfortable over long, hilly trails. I’d do it all over again and any future horse will get their own custom fit saddle from them. Happy trails! - Jackie and Ambassador
I’ve been meaning to email you but I’ve been so busy. My saddle is even prettier in person and fits my girl beautifully!! After battling ulcers she became very stressed being tacked up, but after only a few times with the new saddle I can see her beginning to relax and trust that it won’t pinch her. Thank you and Kate so much for your continued support and help with her tricky fitting process, I will be sure to recommend your company to all my riding friends!! Best, Lily CA & Retta Lynn
I got my new saddle today and took it for a ride. I can’t tell you how happy I am! It’s the perfect weight and the tooling is incredible! Thanks again for a once in a lifetime work of art. Edwynna
Red loves his new saddle and so do I. It’s so comfortable and my knees don’t ache when I ride for hours. Thank you for making a quality saddle that fits my high withered horse!!
Sue Livingston | 01 March 2016
Merry Christmas to me….and Harley! Thank you for working with me and fitting Harley. I’m so glad the saddle I was drooling over was in stock and more importantly, the fit I needed for my Spanish Mustang. Also love the matching breast collar which will be seen in future photos. Supreme comfort and beautiful workmanship. Better photos and more stories to come soon…when it warms up a bit. Merry Christmas!!
Dawn Faught | 24 December 2015
I just have to say this. I’m a native Texan 6th generation or more if you believe the stories :-), and have been around horses and saddles and all things western my entire life, but it astonishes me that I had to go to New York to get a saddle with all the characteristics for which I’d been looking. There are many saddlemakers down here, and none are cheap or unskilled, but they better step up their game if they are going to continue to compete with the likes of AMTS. Just my two cents.rnThank you! Misten
Misten Milligan | 04 December 2015
Here’s my 20-year old Arabian Khemistry (Jack) in his new AMT saddle. Jack has been a real challenge to fit – very broad, asymmetrical shoulders — but Stacy went out of her way to get the job done! WE BOTH thank you!!!!
Michelle Guillott | 18 June 2016
Halloween ride in our Custom trail saddle we bought 3 years ago! Still loving it and the deep seat comes in handy for some of these spooky costumes!
Meaghan Groenemann | 26 June 2016
Love my Allegheny Mtn Trail saddle! Fits my Draft Mare and so comfortable for our trail rides.
Lori Sharp | 14 July 2015
Staci, I wanted to let you know that the new saddle is terrific!!! It really allows “Jimmy” to move out comfortably without restricting his shoulders. It is very comfortable for me also…I guess I didn’t realize how I was being put forward in the old saddle…I am more balanced and have a closer “feel” to Jimmy…sitting trots are a joy! Jimmy and I thank you very much!!! Hope to see you soon on the Trail! Patty.
Patti Roller | 18 July 2015
Just wanted to give a shout out to Staci and Melinda of Allegany Mountain Trail saddles! Their customer service is 2nd to none and their saddles speak for themselves, just wonderful! 🙂 They truly want their customers to be happy with their purchase!!! And we do have a date for our next saddle fitting day at Woodridge Farm with AMTS, Sept 20th! Full details coming soon. If you would like to check out two saddles made by AMTS stop over to our farm, we have seven beauties for you to see!
Linda Lee Bower | 02 June 2015
Lizzie and I enjoyed our first long camping weekend of the summer with our new saddle. After a four hour ride, my back and seat still felt great ! Lizzie loves the fit and the breast collar too. Thank you !!
Kathy Foland | 09 August 2015
I bought an Allegany Mountain saddle for my gelding last year, and another for the other gelding! Hundreds of rigorous Montana trail miles and hours later my boy and I are still both loving it. So I just sent in an order form for another Allegany saddle for my new mare!
Jo Christianson | 29 June 2015
Magic’s new all black saddle got soaked in the rain today. No black dye came off on either of us. Love the quality of this saddle!
Judy Cornett | 01 June 2016
Our snow season is finally ending and I’m able to get out in my new Allegany Mountain Saddle. I LOVE IT! It fits both of us perfectly! Big “Thank You”!
Karen Landru | 12 April 2015
Here is finally a photo of my boy Rowan in his LT Plantation Trail saddle. I had been struggling with saddle fitting the entire time I’ve owned him (5.5 years). Finally with the amazing help of Staci I have a saddle that fits him perfectly! Can’t wait for our Competitive Trail Rides in this new saddle this summer!!
Sarah Elizabeth | 03 March 2015
My Mustang/Quarter Horse named Chance just tried on his new saddle today with the matching headstall with bosal. Tomorrow the breast collar and off onto the trails we go! LOVE the fit on him and the comfort for me!
Kim Dove | 12 December 2014
~~~~OOOOOO Allegany MTS ~~~~~ wow…is all I can say ! This saddle is so comfortable on top of lookin sharp !!! We only got to try it on & do a little round pen fun & ride in the yard so far , but it seems to fit good, my horse Victory really moves freely ! Cannot wait to get out on the trail & really feel what it has to offer us !!! just based off this experience alone…we will definitely be looking forward to buying another saddle from you in the future !!! You have been so wonderful & helpful in getting the fit right & the looks as icing on the cake !!!
Shana Sholtz | 01 May 2016
Today I was able to put my new saddle on my horse, Rooster. I am AMAZED how perfectly it fit him, and how comfortable it is!!rnWhen I 1st opened the box the day it arrived, I was initially excited by how gorgeous the saddle, the breast collar and the saddle bags were. Even my husband thought it was a gorgeous saddle. It really is stunning!!rnI could not wait to take it to the barn and see how it fit my horse, and how I felt riding in it. Here are some of my thoughts…. I am more comfortable then I have ever been in a saddle, I feel extremely balanced, I can feel every move my horse is making, my horse feels me better and is MUCH more responsive. It really is the saddle of my dreams!! Thank you for all your help, advice, and making me and my boy, Rooster, such a great saddle.
Lauren Katheryn | 14 March 2016
I ordered my new saddle last year. I’m in Scotland. I’ll admit to being a bit daunted by the whole process as I had never had a Western before. Thanks to the expert eye of Staci and the great customer service of her lovely team, I am now delighted with my beautiful saddle and more importantly, my boy is happy wearing it and looks fantastic. I’d have no hesitation recommending this company.rn
Bev Park | 11 June 2016
A very pleasant transaction. Staff was incredibly helpful, answered all my questions. The saddle arrived, did a fitting on the horse yesterday, and the saddle fit like a dream. Well constructed, high quality saddle at a reasonable price.
Stephen Henderson | 14 January 2016
I just have to give a shout out to Staci Saulter and Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles! I LOVE my new saddle! To give you a little background, I purchase a Rocky Mountain mare last year; after not having horses for a number of years, I was aware that saddle fit was critical. I had researched and chosen another saddle maker simply because they specialized in gaited horse saddles. The company shipped me forms to fit to my horse, which I did…took photos and sent to the company and received the saddle back a few weeks later. All last year, every time I rode, my saddle slipped. I tried different cinches, rigging, and pads, all the while thinking “it couldn’t be my saddle because I had it custom made for her”. Long story short, after months of this situation, my horse and I were having real problems and my confidence was totally undermined. I put her in training and the first session that I was with my horse and trainer, he put the saddle on her and said, “this is a terrible fit.” I was devastated! Fortunately for me, Staci came to do a saddle fitting clinic a few weeks later and fitted my horse for a new saddle. Staci was great…she took the time to hear my story with my previous saddle and explain how the saddle should fit. She also worked to give me the look that I wanted in a saddle that would still accommodate my horse’s wide withers and short back. I finally received my saddle last Friday and given my anxiety over my last custom saddle fiasco, I had my trainer come out to check the fit and make sure that it was right for Jessie and me. He put it on her without a pad to check the overall fit and gave it a thumbs up…not too long, angles were perfect and the seat was nice and level. We saddled her up and I rode her. First thing I noticed was that the saddle did not slip at all when I mounted…not one bit! I walked her in the arena and put her into a gait…no slipping! Did small circles, changed directions, walking and gaiting both directions for about 15 minutes. Best of all, I stopped her and the trainer checked my cinch. It had loosened up after she relaxed; he could put his fist between the cinch and the horse but the saddle DID NOT SLIP!! NOT ONCE! I was centered on her back the whole time! No tipping forward, no movement from side to side. It couldn’t be better! The quality of the product is amazing. I am so excited to ride again and can’t wait to hit the trails. Thank you Staci and Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles for a job well done! I would recommend you to anyone!
Cyndi Shurts | 08 April 2016
This is the second saddle I have ordered. I love them both! Comfortable,fits me great. I have two very hard horses to fit and both saddle fit very well! Both horses had issues that were resolved just with proper saddle fit! I highly recommend working with Staci to get the correct fit for your horse. The quality is great workmanship shows in all areas of this saddle. Thank you Allegany for wonderful product!
Dawn Klienhuizen | 19 April 2015
Hi Melinda & Staci,rnrnThe saddle arrived safely on June 30 in time for the holiday. It is so wonderful!!! I just love the new style of stirrups and also the low-rise seat. The tooling & workmanship are very handsome, and Scout has a perfect sweat pattern every time! Iâ€™m so eager to put lots of miles on it.rnrnThanks so much for such an outstanding product!rn
Howard and Carolyn Chatterton | 05 July 2016
I just have to say a tremendously grateful THANK YOU for our new saddle! Our Percheron cross mare Ladyhawke works with children who have been through trauma at our non-profit, Mercy Spring Ranch. She is big, black, beautiful, and every little girl’s dream, but she has the shoulders of a moose! After 5 years of a string of ill-fitting saddles to “just get by with” (She gets trained and worked by me in a custom dressage saddle), we finally raised enough money to have her fitted professionally for her AMTS! Today was her first ride in it and she worked like she NEVER has in a western saddle, willingly moving forward and stretching for the bit, as though she was in her dressage saddle! Here’s a little video a friend took on my phone just a few minutes into her first ride: https://www.facebook.com/monique.black1/videos/10157767886335377/ rnAlso, I have to tell you, this saddle is SO comfortable! I can’t wait to do a long trail ride in it! Plus, it is tremendously beautiful! All that to say, THANK YOU for making our Hawke happy at last!
Monique Black | 01 July 2016
My saddle arrived today! I don’t know if there are words exactly to tell you just how thrilled I am with the workmanship of the saddle. It is absolutely stunning from the carving to all the little details. You folks know how to make a saddle right!! This has been such a pleasant experience working with the both of you. Tomorrow I will take it for it’s maiden voyage and let you know how my horses like it. I will send you pictures of it on both of them in case you want to use it for your website or testimonials. Again thank you ladies for making this customer feel so taken care of. You both are incredibly professional wonderful people and I certainly will recommend you to my friends.rnrnBe Blessed!rnHeather Bowman
Heather Bowman | 27 July 2016
Hey guys,rnJust wanted to thank you so much for my wonderful saddle. I really can’t get over how well made and beautiful it is. Its far superior to the last “custom” saddle I had from another company that cost more and never really fit my horse. This one fits Moose, fits me and looks fabulous without being too flashy/blingy. The amazing craftsmanship speaks for itself. I could sit around and stare at it all day…too bad I can’t stare at it while I’m in it…but everyone else can enjoy looking at it going down the trail. And its so light! Moose seems very happy with it. It stays put without a tight girth or breast collar and doesn’t interfere with his big shoulders. The minute I first sat in it the difference from my old saddle was apparent. This one fits ME too. No more sore knees and hips. And no more bulky leather between me and the horse. A beautifully comfortable and balanced ride. I really can’t thank you enough. Y’all were easy and pleasant to work with your craftsman are obviously very talented. Moose and I love our AMTS and can’t wait to put a few thousand miles on it:)
Rachel Frakes | 28 November 2016
Just to say thanks to the AMTS team for a lovely saddle – Dallas and I have travelled many trail miles using it. Thanks again
Susanne Armstrong Bates | 01 November 2016
Staci and Melinda,rnMy new saddle arrived last Thursday night. It is just beautiful – my non-horsey husband declared it a â€œwork of artâ€. But as you know, beauty isnâ€™t enough, and it must perform. Going into this process I had 3 goals:rn- a lighter weight saddle than my old trail saddlern- a more comfortable seat for mern- and with the above, a saddle that fit my horse well (canâ€™t sacrifice his comfort for mine!)rnAfter 3 rides in the saddle, covering a total of ~ 20 miles, I am delighted to tell you that both of us are loving the saddle! It fits him perfectly – we have ridden up and down steep hills, and that saddle stays in place perfectly. We have gaited and galloped in it – I love the close contact feel with no flap under my leg – the trim fenders are wonderful. The English style billets are perfect with that Toklat girth. The 16.5â€ seat is working just fine for me – no pressure on my non-bending spine – and the seat itself is so darn comfy – no sore â€œtender bitsâ€ for me! Oh, and having the Texas twist done on the stirrups is fabulous – I love that I didnâ€™t have to do the â€œbroom thingâ€ before riding in it – this saddle was trail ready right out of the box!rnAs for Romeo, he has plenty of room in the shoulder to gait beautifully – his ears are up at every gait and he is raring to go. Below are a couple of photos of him in the saddle.rnThank you both for working with me through this process – I am delighted with the saddle – it was so much fun to customize the look and â€œgirl-it-upâ€ with all the flower carving and border stamp – options that no one else offers.rnJoanne and â€œRomeo de Unitedâ€
Joanne Cotter | 10 November 2016
I got to go for a pretty good ride yesterday!!! Extremely happy, we were able to go into the canter from a walk and he kept the pace and I was completely balanced! Amazing as it’s been awhile since I’ve had a good gallop on him 🙂 I’ve gone through a few saddles and one “custom” saddle with no luck, pinching/sliding back/pads moving all over the place/extremely unbalanced ride I’ve had it all lol!! I didn’t think I should settle or just deal, I knew there had to be something I could find!!! And in my search I finally found Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles!!rnI’m so happy I’ve finally found my dream saddle!!! And I am so thrilled it is so light I have no issues lifting it up on him (he’s 17hh). Fits him like a glove!! Furthermore I opted to go with an Equipedic pad that Staci recommended for the ultimate fit!! Looking forward to many many many more years of use 🙂 I just wish we had a longer fall season so I could get in some more trail rides this year :(rnThank you Melinda, Staci and the amazing saddle builder!!!!
Bailey Nickel | 11 November 2016
Hi Staci and Melinda,rnFirst of all I want to thank you, for your wonderful customer service and your help in the making of the perfect saddle for Annie. Not only the saddle is absolutely gorgeous, incredibly comfortable, so well made but most important, IT FIT my â€œunfitableâ€ mare !! I am so thrilled and still in awe at the perfection of it all.rnI can assure you that i will brag about you guys and you might get a few more customers from BC. ;)rnCheers!rnStephanie
Stephanie Barth Evans | 10 November 2016
Thank you Staci and Melinda for all your help! My new saddle fits Brea perfectly (and SO comfortable!) The quality exceeded my expectations!
Chris Beyers | 03 October 2016
Thank you Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles! I received my custom build Wade saddle today, and, my horse and I are thrilled with the results! The saddle is fabulous in every way: superior comfort, quality workmanship, outstanding fit for the horse, and authentic western styling. As a recently retired horse trainer, I have ridden in many saddles–treed, treeless, western, english, and hybrids–on a variety of horses. The Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle is first-rate! Thank you again for your expertise and exceptional level of customer service!
Patricia Mayer | 18 October 2016
Thank you so much to the team at Allegany Mountain Trail saddles. What a great product and a fantastic experience. Fits my girl perfectly!
Angela Roberts | 18 September 2016
I have a Gypsy Vanner…That I went through 9 saddles in a year and a half. Not one fit him. One saddle fitter of 50 years came out and tried to fit him…and literally laughed out loud when he saw him. He is a propane tank on legs. He said to me “i have access to 2000 saddles and I don’t have one that will fit him”.rnI ended up riding him bareback for close to 2 years because he was miserable in every saddle…or they just rolled off of him at the walk.rnThe amazing thing about Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles is that they send you a series of 9-11 trees to try on your horse before building the saddle. Just the tree…no leather or any rigging. What an eye opening experience. It really shows you how badly “off the rack” saddles fit most horses…forget hard to fit horses.rnThey ended up making a custom tree for my boy…and it fits like a glove. It is amazingly stable and for the first time I have a saddle that doesn’t roll off at the walk. Or that he is miserable in.rnI am ordering another one for my second little girl Gypsy.rnYou will love the whole experience…and most of all you and your horse will LOVE your new saddle.rnAnd as an added bonus…It is one of the most beautifully crafted, quality saddles that I have ever seen.
Heather Charlic | 11 August 2016
Euphrates’ new saddle arrived today. We love it! Fits absolutely perfectly, both her and myself! Now I have zero excuses not to ride more ðŸ™‚ Thanks for making such an amazing product!
Elizabeth H. | 20 September 2016
My new saddle arrived last night and I got to try it out today. Firstly, it is just so beautiful and perfect! It’s exactly what I had envisioned! Secondly, the moment I sat in it–on the saddle stand right out of the box, it felt perfectly made for me. Just my size!! The seat padding, seat size and twist—all just right. When I got on my mare, again, it felt just so right. Honestly , for the first time in my whole life (and I’ve been riding since I was 10), my legs hang right where they are supposed to–directly under me. No more constantly pushing them back under me when I have to post. No chair seat. I absolutely love every single thing about this beautiful work of art! My mare, who is extremely sensitive and opinionated (and doesn’t like to exert herself, as her pics can attest to), walked out nice and forward. She is able to respond to the lightest touch of my legs now since they are always in the right place. I could go on and on! Thank you, thank you, thank you Stacy and Melinda, and to the extremely talented saddle maker(s) who crafted this beautiful and quality saddle!!
Jenny Riley | 27 September 2016
I have had this saddle,custom fit, for 3 years…LOVE IT! Mountain Trails…Western Dressage…it goes everywhere and is admired by all! Just had to share!rn
Dayna Barbee | 30 August 2016
Staci,rnrnI wanted to take a few moments and give you some feedback about my saddle. I purchased the Cascade Wade saddle from you and received it just before Thanksgiving. When I read reviews of things on the Internet I take into consideration what is being reviewed. If it is something that should last for a while and is used repeatedly then I tend to ignore the reviews that are submitted upon receipt of the item (with the exception of the initial impression of quality/appearance) because these items should stand the test of time/use. Consequently this email as I have had a couple months of riding time now to properly assess the saddle.rnrnTo state it in a one liner, I like the saddle more the more I ride it. As stated after receipt, the quality (craftsmanship/appearance) is excellent and that statement is every bit as true today as it was when I took the saddle out of the box. It seems to be more comfortable every time I ride. Every bit as important as the comfort is how well it fits me and provides me with stability. More importantly, I have noticed no adverse behavior or reluctance to perform from my horse which tells me that the saddle fits him as well as it visually appears to.rnrnYou have a satisfied customer here and one who would not hesitate to recommend Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles to anyone.rnrnRespectfully,rnBob Bardes
Bob Bardes | 18 January 2017
Like many, I finally turned to AMTS after several unsuccessful attempts to find a saddle that actually fit my 16 yr old Haflinger gelding. Saddles would seem to fit but they didn’t. They pinched his shoulders and inevitably started slipping to the side. The gullet was too narrow and the tree pitch too steep. Bigger saddles were just too big. AMTS great website convinced me to try a custom saddle and not just a custom saddle. There is a lot to learn about fitting a saddle to your horse. Even so, Staci and Melinda guided me through the process. Besides being highly experienced they are real patient. The custom saddle fitting kit is the place to start and I imagine many clients can find the tree they need from the forms. After so many misses I wanted to be sure. AMTS has finished trees that you can also request and I went through a few of these. A little time consuming but well worth it. I finally found the proper tree and Staci suggested a small modification. Finally I had a tree that a saddle could be built on and 99% sure it will actually work. So I ordered two saddles, a Renegade Endurance and a Western. Then it was deciding on all the wonderful options. One can only imagine how long that took me. Once I placed my order for two saddles they were delivered amazingly quick. The craftsmanship is awesome and the leather they use is superb. No breaking in a stiff saddle for me or the horse. The stirrup leathers are turned perfectly. I am extremely happy that I found Staci, Melinda and AMTS. I actually enjoyed the process of determining a correct fit and learned a lot which also made it worthwhile. AMTS website and FB has so many photos of beautiful saddles and everyone of them is unique. Truly an enjoyable process ending with the saddle my horse and and I always wanted. I highly recommend AMTS.
Elane Flower | 13 December 2016
rnIt’s been a few months since we received the saddle and I haven’t had a chance to let you know how it is working out for us. I apologize for the delayed response, but I’ve been busy testing this saddle to make sure it’s as good fit as it is beautiful! It is! My horse is a teeth grinder, not once has he grind his teeth with this saddle on! He is a “beefy” guy and not many saddles has fit him, my trainer also says this is the best fit he’s had! We’ve been to the beach, many trail rides and hours in the arena, I LOVE it! I chose the slick seat and was worried it might take some time getting used to…not once have I been sore! We are also getting tons of compliments on how gorgeous it is, the quality of the workmanship is outstanding! I would highly recommend Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles to anyone! Thank you!
Christine S | 05 January 2017
LOVE my Allegany. Iâ€™m hounded by curious competitors every show I go to. Here is my girl. She most recently won two national top 10s at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals this year in western dressage. Weâ€™ve also earned several regional championships and reserve championships on the Arabian show circuit. We never would have gotten this far without this saddle. Thanks Allegany!rn
Michelle Quirico | 28 November 2018
Phone:rnrnWell, this is long overdue. I have been riding in my fabulous new saddle and accessories for several months, and love them all! First of all, Melinda, you were so patient with all of my questions and concerns, and helpful beyond words in making all the selections. The saddle fits me in the same way that my dressage saddle does…it is close contact and very comfortable. My mare seems very comfortable in it. That saddle is already well used. We began doing some extreme trail work the day after the saddle arrived, meaning we went through deep ponds right away. And of course, I put 10 or more hours of trail miles on my horse each week. As spectacular as the saddle looks, I really wanted a saddle that was comfortable for me and for my mare, and one that would take all the “abuse” from working rides. And that is exactly what I got. It is beautiful and so wonderfully functional. I LOVE it!!!! Thank you!!
Deb Stephens | 16 November 2017
I have had this saddle one week now…Took two trail rides, one in very steep country, I couldn’t be happier with this saddle! My mare moves out freely, such a difference! I am sure she is happier as well. It is to date one of the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in. Here is IsaBella in her new Cascade Wade. 5 Stars!!! Carol Higgsrnrn I had to write another comment…this saddle is more then pretty. I ride some steep terrain, Bella can move better now that her withers and shoulders are freed up. It’s pretty steep in places so we let the horse decide what is best for climbing, her trot and canter up hill has smoothed out, she can get up the hill easier because of it. Getting older it is sure easier on the back and hips when the horse is comfortable we both are! Well done Allegany!
Carol Higgs | 01 June 2018
What an awesome Renegade Endurance saddle made by AMTS! I’m so happy with the fit of this saddle for my Polish Arab mare. Good-bye bridging, slipping saddle pads and hair rubs on the loin. Thank you for all your hard work and attention to detail! We’re so happy!!
Diana Miller Castells | 04 June 2018
LOVE my Allegany Mountain trail saddle. Here I am at the Western Dressage World show in OK showing in mine. There were two others there riding in their AMT saddle. I got LOTS of compliments and the gentleman who stalled next to me (from NE I believe) LOVED mine so much he wants one made just like it. He said he has all ready been in touch with you ladies and had a form sent out to fit his horse :Drnrn
Krystal Homoki | 17 November 2017
Montana with his Allegany Mountain Saddle. Have had this saddle about 3 years, best saddle I have had in my 50 years of riding.
Lisa Waterman | 17 January 2009
I love my Allegany Mountain trail saddle and have put thousands of miles on it in the Shawnee National Forest.rn
Sam and I are loving our new Allegany Mountain Trail saddle. It’s a winner!rn
Becky Scott | 01 January 1970
We’ve had enough hours in our AMTS custom Wade to say that it is perfect. Dillon is forward and happy even at the end of four hours in the Idaho mountains. We are both thankful that we found you guys and that you were willing to build us a saddle to last our lifetime.
Cindy Dawson | 17 January 2007
Thank you Allegany! I never realized how bad my previous saddles fit until I put my Allegany on my sweet Haflinger. Scotty and I love our new saddle. It fits us both perfectly!
Jennifer Bunch | 17 February 2005
My new saddle is beautiful. It fits my horse and it fits me. I also found the price to be an excellent value. The staff is very helpful and competent. 5 Stars!
Maggie Stack | 07 February 2018
I canâ€™t say enough about the quality and craftsmanship of Allegany Saddles and the customer service. Staci and Melinda are a pleasure to work with. They will guide you every step of the way to make sure you have the saddle of your dreams. They wonâ€™t leave you â€œhanging in the balanceâ€. They are very knowledgeable and truly care about their customers. You can rest assured you are in good hands with this company. The saddles are made with close attention to detail, they are beautiful in design and offer many optional and additional features to suit your taste and functional needs. I have a difficult to fit horse and itâ€™s been a long road finding a saddle that was a comfortable good fit for us both. Staci and Melinda made sure they met my expectations, always listening to my needs and concerns. I commend Allegany saddles for their professionalism and creating saddles worth every penny! Thank you Allegany!
Catherine Adams | 01 February 2018
I had offered my Andalusian 3 different well made saddles. He refused them all with head bobbing, kicking his belly, objecting to cinch being tightened, refusing to go forward, groaning loudly, and trembling at the mounting block. Once I submitted my order arrangements were made for the saddle fit forms to be sent. After review of photos and videos an AW tree was recommended. There were so many options I’m sure I tested their patience but I finally chose the Kydaho Rancher. I also sent pictures of some vintage style tapaderos I liked. They were faithfully recreated. My saddle was made very timely, about 9-10 weeks, so I didn’t miss a lot of riding. After a couple of weeks using my new saddle my horse’s avoidance and fear behaviors went away. I tried the saddle on my Kiger Mustang just because I still had it in the barn. His occasional head bobbing and peculiar neck arching behavior under saddle disappeared and it wasn’t even made for him. My horses are much happier! I am happy too because the seat is so deep and secure and I feel very close to my horse. This is good because I’m of an age where falling off is a bad idea. Did I mention it’s pretty? And easy to put up on my 16 hand horse? It’s black with a touch of silver studs. I call it my Hi Ho Silver saddle because my gray Andalusian looks so much like the Lone Ranger’s Silver while wearing it . I strongly recommend Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles.
Donna A | 10 January 2017
I purchased my first custom made wade tree saddle from Allegany trail saddles and I am very pleased with it. Staci and Melinda were so nice and pleasant and they really aimed to please me. They were very patient and i received my saddle in a very timely manner. I am so pleased and impressed with the final product and I am very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship. It is a true piece of art and I highly recommend these fine people to anyone looking for a great custom saddle at a reasonable price!
Jeff Sanger | 01 January 2018
I LOVE MY SADDLE! STACI AND MELINDA WERE SO EASY TO WORK WITH. THE WORKMANSHIP AND CUSTOM ADDS ARE JUST WONDERFUL. I AM VERY SHORT AND THEY WERE ABLE TO HELP WITH THAT AND MY HORSE IS VERY BIG! LOVE IT.
Joan F. | 17 January 2018
OUTSTANDING! Rarely do I have the pleasure of giving, across the board, a 5 Star rating!! I truly thought after three previous custom saddles I would never find a fit that would work for my VERY short backed TWH and I am not a small woman however after another gaited rider highly recommended Allegany I was hopeful but because my previous experiences I was apprehensive. Melinda and Staci knocked it out of the park! Staci spent a lot time with a lot of patience to ensure an exact fit and I couldn’t be happier! This is the first saddle, probably in my horses life (wo exaggeration) that actually fits and fits us both. Melinda’s assistance in design was awesome. It’s jaw dropping gorgeous, the detail and quality is beyond beautiful. I cannot thank Allegany enough for the miles and miles of happy trails ahead!!
Patty S | 21 December 2017
Staci, an experienced equestrian herself, does everything in her power to make sure that each Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle truly fits the horse. Having so many saddle forms (trees) to choose from and being able to request additional design enhancements makes a huge difference in creating a correctly fitting saddle for your horse. My gaited horse has big shoulders and a very short back. His new saddle fits him perfectly and is completely comfortable for me too! The craftsmanship in the saddle from tree to finished product is excellent especially for the price. Turn around time to have a saddle made is quite reasonable. Staci and Melinda are very responsive and patient – good customer service.
Jan T. | 04 December 2017
I ordered a custom Kydaho Rancher – everything in the process from first contact to delivery was absolutely stellar! The fitting process was detailed but not particularly difficult and it gave me confidence from the very beginning that my new saddle would fit my horse.
Mike S | 13 November 2017
Melinda and Stacy are great! I love my saddle! Very comfortable and beautiful!
Stacy Jensen | 06 June 2017
Great communication, committed to exceeding expectations, fabulous workmanship, perfect fit.
Bill W. | 04 May 2017
With the help of Melinda and Stacy I now have the pleasure of going on a hike with my mare, relaxed and in good shape. Whether to define the choice of form or the options according to my request were well advised, with patience because my technical English was just. Delivered within the stated time with care. Thanks to the Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles team.
Cyril B. | 28 June 2017
I have a great experience with all the process of purchase my new saddle. The saddle fit perfectly to my Missouri foxtrotted mare that was not happy with her previous gaited saddle that was just to wide and not matching anymore her shoulder. The fit is perfect, wet pattern is perfect, no more bad eye or pinning ears when cinching. Just an happier horse and owner. Merci beaucoup. Love my new saddle. Marie-France from Quebec, Canadarn
Marie L. | 17 May 2017
I love my saddle! Stacie was very patient with trying different trees for my hard to fit gelding making sure the tree did not bridge. I then tried different saddles so we made sure my ride was comfortable. We talked about the twisted Stirrup Leathers so my knees would not hurt. We discussed having part of it rough-out because my gelding can be very hard to ride when his energy is up. She was very patient. I would DEFINITELY buy another saddle from Allegany Saddles! Absolutely!
Daniella P | 25 April 2017
Thank you for all you do to make your saddles fit the horse. It makes for a happy sound horse and rider. rnrnWe spend some days riding in the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Pictures are of two of your saddles! Alisa Peard, riding Keota (Black horse) and my Big Zig (the sorrel). rnrnThanks again!rnrnLynn White
Lynn White | 23 July 2018
rnBeautiful craftsmanship, affordable style, and everyone is so great to work with!
Stephanie Breis | 28 November 2018
rnEveryone here is so patient and kind through the saddle fitting process and after! They sent me a bunch of Saddle molds and one saddle tree to try on my horse. I proceeded to take many pictures and videos for them to make sure when they created my beautiful saddle it would fit perfectly! I canâ€™t tell you how many Western saddles Iâ€™ve been through and then I said to heck with it Iâ€™m having one custom-made. I stumbled upon this company on the Internet and although Iâ€™ve never heard of it Them before I decided to take a risk! I wish I done this yearâ€™s ago. The saddle is a perfect fit! Itâ€™s super comfortable well-made and truly beautiful!
Becky Lynn | 05 August 2018
After riding my whole life I finally got a custom saddle. It fits my impossible to fit Arab perfectly. Quality is amazing!rn
Lori Williams – Hudock | 30 August 2018
Beautiful craftsmanship and super comfortable. Fantastic saddles!rnrn
Nichole Horsely Jansen | 30 May 2018
I finally got to test out my new saddle and I am beyond impressed. The attention to detail not only in the saddle but in the fitting of the horse. I had an awful experience with a previous fitter and saddle company and was hesitant to try another one. However, Allegheny was completely different from the start. They took the time to check different trees and how they moved on my horse while she walked (something the previous company never did). I did some steep hills and jumps this weekend and my saddle never moved or slipped down onto my horseâ€™s shoulders. I also was comfortable all weekend and never felt like I was being pitched forward, like I have felt in previous saddles. Iâ€™ve had my horse 4 years and have had 4 different saddles and this one is by far the best. Thanks!rn
Kara Fusion | 16 August 2018
I absolutely love my saddle. My Morgan proved hard to fit, but Staci and Melinda kept at it until it was perfect. The freedom my gelding has is amazing, what a difference. He can actually bend! Heâ€™d turn like a 2×4 before but now he can actually get an arc to his body. His back looks perfect after a ride, completely smooth, no ruffles or ripples. Heâ€™s relaxed. And the saddle is great for me, too. Puts me in perfect alignment. Itâ€™s so comfortable, love the inlaid seat. I canâ€™t say enough good things about it.
Kari Hoyer | 21 November 2018
Brugger is a Gypsy- 6 years old- and has a very unique shape that is hard to fit- we trail ride in our saddle and show in it- all over the country at Gypsy shows- and just love it!
Alecia Babich | 17 July 2018
I have two saddles from Allegany: a Cascade Wade and an AMTS Survivor…love both of them. I feel much more secure in these saddles than my previous one and it has boosted my confidence and riding skill. My horse Zipper has already spooked under the AMTS, and my bootie stayed “glued on” like nothing happened. I also utilized the saddle fitting program, and it was very easy and I have a good fit for both horses and was able to buy a used one that works perfectly. I plan on getting a custom AMTS Survivor, there are just sooo many choices to make! If you are wanting a good, comfortable, secure saddle that will fit your horse well, start with the saddle fitting kit and once you get the right tree, you can’t go wrong with either a custom or a used saddle from AMTS.
Stacy Garrett | 28 September 2018
I just received my 2nd saddle from you all and absolutely LOVE it! I don’t know which one is my favorite. Both are stunning, the carving is amazing, and the comfort for my horses and myself is unbelievable!!! Thank you!rn
Debbie Kesling | 28 June 2018
rnI just want to say what a Godsend it was when I hooked up with Allegany Saddles! I had spent literally thousands of dollars trying to find a saddle that allowed me to use my legs on my horse. Iâ€™m short , 5,1â€ and when I sat on my horse my legs would splay out and even using long shanked spurs I couldnâ€™t effectively communicate with him. I had a Miller saddle, Specialized Saddles(both their Eurolight and trail models), two Bighorn Saddles and even went with an El Companaro bareback saddle in search of a good seat and leg fit. Wasnâ€™t until I received my Allegany that I finally felt like could really communicate with Charlie, my legs hung down straight and my seat just felt right! On the extra plus side you made it as light weight as you could so my old arthritic hands could swing it on his back!!! I just canâ€™t thank you enough for being there for me! I have a just turned four MissouriFoxtrotter that will be getting a saddle from you hopefully next year if he has filled out by then. Thanks again, you all are the best!!
Mindy Pendry | 22 May 2019
Hi Staci,rnrnJust got through with my fourth ride in the Awesome, Exquisite, and Beautiful Kydaho Rancher Saddle specially made for Sofia and me! I have about five hours of riding time and this is the first ever saddle that stays in place on her- doesn’t go forward up onto her shoulders and the saddle tree fits her perfectly- it seems she has never been more comfortable. Also, the saddle is just the right length for her very short back- doesn’t ride on her loin area like all the other saddles did. I definitely tested the saddle… rode her out- up and down hills, loped, trotted, and did lateral work- saddle never moved and she moved way better than usual. She kept her head straight while trotting- where in the past she would move her head back and forth.rnrnI had to adjust my body to the wider saddle tree- I know the saddle was made as narrow as possible by the saddle maker- but the X saddle tree with 1/4 inch extra spread with flare for her wide shoulders was needed for Sofia. It made the saddle a bit wider than I am used to compared to a saddle with Full Quarter Horse Bars. It took my third ride for me to adapt my body- but now I am very comfortable riding in my AMTS. I definitely give you and your company a 5 plus rating for customer service, saddle quality and fit for both horse and rider. The saddle quality is comparable to a custom saddle I currently own- leather quality, stitching, and symmetry of saddle. rnrnWarm Regards and rnMany Thanks!rnPatricia Indrelandrnrn
P Indreland | 30 July 2019
Thank you Allegany Mountain Trail saddles for my new Western.. I LOVE IT. The custom tree fits my guy perfect, he can move freely without anything pinching his shoulders not to mention I feel secure and balanced in the saddle! He is happy as am I. It was well worth every penny!!
Samantha C. | 01 October 2019
Rio and I LOVE our new saddle! Rio moves beautifully under it and his gaits are smoother. It is super comfortable for me too. Thank you for a fantastic saddle!rn
Susanne P | 12 July 2019
Staci-rnrnI have been riding in the saddle you built a few months ago forrnmy horse Legend and I. The saddle looks amazing, as does the trail combornand leather saddle bags. A great looking tack set for the trails. It getsrna lot of attention at our boarding center. I appreciated the craftmanship,rncommunication from you, and the quick no-hassle turn around on the largerrncustom brow band for the trail combo.rnrnIt fits him very well. And honestly, it’s the most comfortable saddle I’vernever ridden in. It gave him a lot of freedom in his shoulders and hipsrncompared to his older SRS ranching saddle, and has made him much morernsure-footed. I could feel a lot more movement, and he was very relaxed.rnIt was the most secure seat I’ve had on him since I brought him home lastrnyear. It made him more relaxed, and made me more comfortable and morernconfident on his back. It really stays in place very well. I didn’trnrealize how uncomfortable (and likely a little too small) my last saddle wasrnuntil I rode in the Wade you built for us. Most comfortable ride ever. Irnlook forward to riding more now, and Legend is much more relaxed for thernentire tacking-up process.
Jim L | 28 April 2020
You have it down to both the art and science of custom fitting these saddles. Wow was it nice to saddle her up without the extra 20 pounds and yet feel as secure as my other saddle. Pretty sure after our 10 miles this weekend, if she could say thank you… She would!rnrnLots of compliments too!!rnrnThanks Staci!!rnJulie
Julie B. | 22 April 2020
I’ve been riding in my new saddle for a couple of weeks. Not as much as I’d like due to the horrendously hot weather… but I’ve snuck some rides in. I was looking at the saddle with a critical eye. rn Something that would give me a reason not to like it. I’m happy to say I CAN’T FIND A REASON!!!!!!!!!! This saddle is like sitting on a couch. A nice broken in comfy couch that you never want to get off of. I’ve had multiple people get on and every single one of them has commented how nice and comfortable it is.rn Not only is it comfortable for me, I truly think my horse can tell a difference with how it fits him. He no longer steps away from me when he sees me carrying a saddle. Huge difference. I never thought that I’d buy a saddle I couldn’t sit in first and make sure it “fit.” You are the exception to that rule. The quality is as amazing as the fit. It was a lot of money for me to spend on a saddle and I had to save up to buy it. Totally worth every penny.rnRiver and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts (and his back).rn
Karen H | 05 August 2020
Hello Staci,rnI just wanted to write and tell you how much I am enjoying my custom Allegany Mountain western trail saddle. It fits Lucky so nicely, and it Is very comfortable and so attractive! You were right- no need for thick saddle pads with this custom saddle. It stays in place, and I donâ€™t have to adjust it during the ride, even up and down our big hills. The saddle fitting process with the FTBS molds was fun and educational too.rnThanks to you and your team for a great saddle.rnJo RigganrnNorth Carolina
Jo Riggan | 11 August 2020
Hereâ€™s my story and Iâ€™m stickinâ€™ to it. Iâ€™m in my mid seventies and have ridden all my life, so Iâ€™ve had a few saddles. When I began researching a company to make me a saddle, Allegany was the only one that had numerous forms to try. More than 10 if need be! The time was worth it and I know I have the very best saddle for my 24 yr. old horse.rnrn I ride in the mountains of NE Washington State with steep hills and 4 ft. banks to deal with on every ride. Because of the flared front, shortened length and width, and the weight, Rain goes down hills now much more easily and confidently. That in turn makes me more confident as a rider. Sheâ€™s always had a slightly sensitive spot on her back which has disappeared. Her sweat pattern is even all the way around. The three point rigging is everything I wanted. The saddle stays put. I donâ€™t have to tighten it as I used to before mid ride. That rigging frees up her front legs which helps her move better as well. No rear cinch to deal with anymore. The 4â€ cantle holds me in very well. Like it so much better than a Cheyene roll. rnI can feel her body more now. With the skirt being smaller and the flares at her shoulders, and the rigging, she moves in a way that I have not felt prior to this saddle. rnrnI have have had my saddle for a good six weeks plus so have had numerous rides, at least 11 or 12. I waited because I kept noticing things. rnAll said and done, Staci was delightful to work with and extremely knowledgeable. The whole experience was pleasurable and easy. Lastly, itâ€™s so much more comfortable than other saddles Iâ€™ve had. Youâ€™re closer to you horse and can feel them more easily. Try an awesome Allegany Saddle. rnrnMolly Cashionrnrn
Molly Cashion | 06 September 2020
Hi Staci, rnWillow and I had a long ride today and the saddle was great! Itâ€™s a keeper!!!rnThank you for the quality product and thought that went into creating it – so appreciated!rnThanks, rnCarol
Carol Doran | 30 November 2020
rnrnHi Staci and Kate,rnrnMy new Allegheny Mountain Trail Saddle is the most beautiful saddle Iâ€™ve laid my eyes on! I canâ€™t believe how gorgeous it turned out!rnThe leather is so soft and supple, like butter â€¦ the accessories are just lovely, what a beautiful gift to my horse and myself!rnIt has been a pleasure doing business with you, I will definitely be in touch for another AMTS for my quarter horses.rnrnMerry Christmas!rnrnVery Best Regards,rnrnAnnrn
Ann M. | 16 December 2020
Yesterday, I rode in my new Allegany Endurance Renegade for the first time and it was a dream ride. Not only did it fit my pony perfectly – it fit me perfectly as well. rn We went for a trail ride and the saddle was so comfortable for both of us. I love this saddle!!!!rnThank you so much for making such a beautiful, comfortable, light-weight saddle that fits me and my hard to fit girl. I may be looking for a matching Allegany headstall with the Off Kilter design but need to make sure I can attach a Myler bit.rnI will send pics soon.rnrnJillrnPS The barn girls are envious.rn
JIll H. | 21 April 2021
Ladies,rnThank you so much. I received the saddle yesterday and both Skye and I love it. If fits her wonderfully!!!! Me too… LOL. It is absolutely beautiful.rnrn I canâ€™t thank you enough. I felt so bad riding her in something that I knew hurt her, so I basically didnâ€™t ride her anymore. Thank you for giving that back to me. I think my trainer will now be coming to you as well for her saddles. ðŸ’–
Karen Clemens | 26 April 2021
Hi Kate and Staci, rnrnI received my saddle on Thursday and when I opened the box I was amazed with the quality of the saddle. I rode in it for the first time today and it fits Precious and I perfectly. I was able to feel every step she took, it put me in the correct position as soon as I sat down too. Precious didnâ€™t even swish her tail once and she usually does, she was able to collect and listen to my seat better as well. I am truly amazed with how great the customer service, the quality and fit of the saddle is. Thank you so much! rnrnSincerely, rnVictoria Blaney
Victoria B. | 03 May 2021
Hello I am writing to let you know how happy I am with my saddle! Kobe is happy as well.rnI have 15 rides so far each ride at least 3 hours long. rnThis was a huge learning process and I am better in all ways because of my saddle. Thanks doesn’t do it but thank you for everything. I would do it again in a heart beat. rnOne satisfied customer.
Dawn P. | 21 May 2021
I can not thank you guys enough for my saddle. It was worth every penny and is everything I have ever wanted. My horse loves it too, it does not move an inch and stays perfectly in place, I almost don’t even need a cinch! I love how it has that already broke in feeling and not leather that is stiff as board. You guys do amazing work and make the process so easy!!rnrnThanks again,rnJera
Jera B | 03 June 2021
Staci and Kate,rnrn I KNOW how much you both invested into this not only time wise but emotionally as well. I want to thank you so much. The saddle is not only beautiful but it is a perfect fit for Pro. He even dropped his head in relaxation when I put the saddle on for the first time. He has NEVER relaxed and dropped his head with any of the ten different saddles I have tried on him searching for the right fit. Since I ride him long hours across mountainous terrain I had almost given up and even contemplated selling him because it wasnâ€™t fair to keep riding him in saddles that were uncomfortable. But now I have hope and look forward to many wonderful trail adventures with Pro! Thank you for helping fit one of the most difficult to fit horses I have ever owned in my over 28 years with horses. Iâ€™m going to send a photo from todayâ€™s first saddle try with my new custom Allegany Mountain Saddle. Notice the lowered relaxed neck and head? Yupâ€¦that is GOLDEN! To top it off, my friend is a large animal vet who specializes in saddle fitting and body work on horses and she came over to see how the new saddle would fit. After placing it on him and evaluating the fit she said, â€œit is a beautiful saddle and it fits him perfectly.â€ So, happy trails Kate and Staci. See you down the road! If you are ever in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, look me up!rnrn rnrnBest of everything,rnrn ~Paige
Paige L. | 07 September 2021
Staci, rnI have had the saddle for almost two weeks and have used it about five times and with the first ride I knew my mare loved it. I ride on trails that are varied in terrain and go up and down steep hills and ride at a fairly fast pace. It fits her so well and she is able to move her shoulders so much better. She is very energetic now and she is twenty years old. The saddle feels very balanced and is so lightweight. The leather and workmanship is beautiful. Thank you so much for making a lovely saddle. I will be ordering a saddle fit kit for my gelding who is 4.5 years old and he is new to me and also a Morgan. Not having any luck finding a saddle to fit him so time to have one made.rnThank yournDorrie B.
Dorrie B | 24 September 2021
Received my saddle and rode in it yesterday. I am so pleased! It is the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in. It fits my gelding perfectly and never slipped. Not front to back or side to side. The workmanship is superb. Thank you for making such a nice saddle at a reasonable price and timeframe. rnrnHappy customer,rnKarol
Karol F | 29 September 2021
Dear Kate and Staci,rnrnMy saddle just got here this afternoon, and as soon as I got home from work I got it out of the box and went to the barn to try it out! It’s utterly gorgeous, and the craftsmanship is amazing, everyone that saw it commented on how nice it looks. It fits my mare like a glove, nothing seems to be pinching or uncomfortable. We did a 7 mile trail ride, and I spilt away from the group to run for a bit and the saddle stayed perfectly in place, no sliding forward or back and no attempt to buck me off! Thank you both so much for all your help in getting this done!
Savannah W | 20 October 2021
Oh Heaven! I received my saddle yesterday and went on a long ride this morning! MANY kudos to your saddle maker! the leatherwork is outstanding! I am so very pleased! My 1st ride was fantastic! Extremely comfortable, and my horse did not throw his head AT ALL! He gaited supremely well and it was Heaven! Thank you so very much! I will post a picture soon!
Hi Staci and company!rnrnIâ€™ve had my saddle almost a month and I love it! It fits my hard to fit horse very well, and it fits me, too. It was easy to ride in right from the first day, but as it breaks in, it is getting even better. I have never had a saddle as comfortable as my dressage saddle until my AMTS. I can put my legs where ever I want them with ease. I can ride in a dressage position or a western position and it doesnâ€™t hurt my knees or hips. As I have gotten older (now 62) my body has a harder time adjusting to a new saddle but the ATMS has been a piece of cake! Really. I would recommend your saddles to anyone, especially older people. The light weight makes a big difference when throwing it up on a horse, and the suede seat and jockeys give me enough security that I donâ€™t slip when my mare does the occasional Arab spook.rnrnThe picture Iâ€™ve attached was taken after the first ride and the saddle had slipped a little forward, but only because the whole thing, including pad needed some time to break in. Now it stays where I put it AND doesnâ€™t slip from side to side like ALL of the other western type saddles Iâ€™ve tried on this mare.rnrnThanks!
What a difference my saddle has made in my horse!!! His back swings Ike never before!!! He stands still to be mounted instead of trying to quickly move off. My horse was impossible to fit in any ready made saddles! I took him to local fitter with many western saddles none fit! He is 1/2 Arab 1/2 TWH the dip behind his ample withers and the big shoulder of the TWH made saddle fit very difficult! then add a short back to the problem. All solved! I LOVE my new saddle and so does my horse!!!! Plenary of places to tie things on. I love the girthing system 3 point keeps saddle secure. Very comfortable. I have standard seat padding.quality workmanship. Staci,was awesome to work with. Thank You!
Saddle arrived and it is fabulous! This saddle fits my horse like a glove. I have had horses for over 50 years and many, many, saddles. Some four times the amount of money that this one was. None of them could compare in rider comfort, quality, fitting the horse, craftsmanship, and appearance. Thanks for a great product. I love my Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle 🙂
Hi Staci-rnI have had my new saddle for a little over a month now and have had many opportunities to put some miles in it. I want to let you know just how pleased I am with it! It is by far the most comfortable saddle I have ever ridden in! I am really glad that I listened to your suggestion to add the Texas Twist to my stirrups. Amazing what a difference that has made in my knee and hip comfort.rnrnThe fit to my horse is great- no more dry spots after a long ride. Using the Fit to Be Seen Forms is truly an enlightening experience on the importance of good saddle fit-its no wonder I’ve tried so many saddles. The quality of workmanship is second to none-such attention to detail! Thank you for all the extra little “bling” you added- it is really a ladies saddle. I couldn’t be happier- Richell
Hi Staci,rnrnYou did a wonderful job on my Cascade Wade saddle! I really appreciate the extra time you took in the fitting process. Thanks to your guidance I finally have a saddle that fits both my horse & me. It’s hard to believe you did it from the other side of the country without seeing either one of us.This saddle is secure, light, comfortable, beautiful & more than meets everything I asked for. I cannot recommend you & your saddles highly enough.
Alexa Mercedes here. You probably thought I’ve fallen off the earth since I got my saddle in May and I’m so sorry for not emailing you sooner. I LOVE MY SADDLE!!! I’ve wanted to email you for so long and just never got to it it seems but it’s important that you know. Your saddle is amazingly comfortable and excellent quality. It fits Atlas like a glove. I got a great saddle pad that is rounded at the back as well and it looks great. I’ve given your site to so many people who admire my saddle! I don’t think I’d get another saddle anywhere else after having this one. The fitting process is perfect and it really works for my big boy’s back which is so flat you can place 12 plates on there and have a sit-down dinner. LOL!rnrnThanks again Staci and Happy New Year to you for 2013.rnrnAlexa (and Atlas)
My purchase of my trail saddle, matching bridle and gear from Staci is one of my most satisfying. Although the final touches were decided together in person much of our discussions were conducted by email given the distance between my horse in NZ and Staci’s expertise. My horse is a cob type clyde cross and obtaining good quality well fitting gear for her became a major mission. Together Staci and I ‘invented’ a solution to what is a perfect fit for horse and rider and the most glamorous saddle ever!rnI am impressed with Staci’s knowledge, ability to think outside the square and endless patience. She listens to the client’s desires and needs then combines artistic interpretation with wild ideas and turns it all into beautiful practical saddles. rnThe workmanship on my gear is wonderful – nothing has been sewn just OK; it has been done properly with skill and passion. From the richness of the colour to the precise placement of my many conchos, the saddle demonstrates the experience of the maker with great finess. Riding in this work of art has stopped the pain previously experienced in my spine and knees; it is a breeze to tack up and a joy to behold. I took a punt dealing with an unknown lady somewhere in New York State – ended up going to meet her, ordered my new gear and as a consequence am so delighted with my first purchase I am organising another. Thanks Staci.
Dear Staci,rnrnNow that I am a customer and not an owner , I feel compelled tornsend you my thoughts. About seven yrs ago I started AMTS. I hadrnvisions of what I wanted it to become. When we talked a littlernover a year ago about you “taking the reins”, I new that u were the perfect fit to continue what I had started. I had no idea you would take it to the level it has grown too.rnrnIn a little less than a year you have fine tuned AMTS. Yourrnhorsemanship skills and knowledge has shown. Your enthusiasm andrncustomer relations skills shine . I have enjoyed following it all onrnFacebook which I would have never thought of at all. Keep up thernfantastic work!rnrnNow to my saddle. Most everyone knows I am a die hard gaited horsernguy. When I retired I gave you my order as to what I wanted in myrnretirement saddle, all I gave you was the tree configurations andrnsome basics. Then I told u to surprise me …..well u did . It isrnflawless….to say the least. Every time I pic it up to put on myrnhorse I am so proud. You have taken a excellent saddle and made it arnSUPERIOR saddle.rnrnKeep up the good work thanks again,rnrnJohn Rettig
Can you be in love with a saddle?? Oh, why YES YOU CAN! After researching saddles (4 months!) I finally came across alleganysaddlery.com and was convinced. After looking at the different models I chose the Cascade Wade saddle. Picked out the leather colors, tooling, strings, wraps, amount of skirting, etc… even got the extra back girth with more latigo strings and hoof pick holders. Staci is a doll to work with (and very patient, even if you’re extremely fussy and keep changing your mind on colors and suede versus smooth seats!) rnrnI love everything about my new saddle, and the best part is knowing that it fits my horse. Prior to building, Staci sent out the Steele fit-to-be-seen forms for me to try on him. This only made me feel more comfortable knowing the saddle wouldn’t just be aesthetically pleasing for me, but perfect for my horse’s back. How could all horses either be FQHB or SQHB? Having the forms sent out to FIT your horse only makes sense!! The seat is extremely comfortable and secure feelingâ€”yes, even without the suede seat I feel very secure-at every pace. My new Cascade Wade is a hit at the barn, itâ€™s a miracle if I can get it on him and through the gates without being stopped by everyone in sight! But I wonâ€™t lie, I like talking about it, how it was custom made for me and my horse, who made it, what kind of leather it is, the Fit-to-be-seen forms and Staci (of course!).rnrnTo anyone wondering if this is the way to go or the saddle to buy, believe me, it is!! Iâ€™m riding in my dream saddle!! Thank you so very much Staci and Allegany Mountain Trail Saddle team!!rnrnYour forever customer,rnKristin W. (& Dandy!)
Love my saddle Allegany made for me , I have a Kentucky Mountain horse and could not find a saddle that would fit him , Stacie was very quick responding to all my emails , messages and questions. Truly the best looking craftsmanship I have seen in a while and the price was reasonable . I always get comments on it and people ask where I had it made .I Ride almost everyday and love it more everyday! I would definitely get another saddle from them ! Thank you !
Tianay Friend | 16 November 2015
rn I had just bought an off the track 17.2 HH Standardbred. When he arrived, because of his many years racing, I found out no saddle that I had fit him. He was very muscular and I had many saddle fitters try, without any luck, to make him comfortable under saddle. rnI found, on line, Allegany Mountain Trail Saddles. They came down and spent quite a bit of time getting his proper proportions. It was determined a survivor saddle with many alterations was best. I was nervous because I had just bought a costly saddle sight unseen. rnThe folks at Allegany assured me that they would make sure of a perfect fit. I finally received my saddle and could not have hoped for a more wonderful fit for both horse and rider. Thanks to Allegany Mountain, Zeus and I trail ride many happy miles. rnrnMaureen Obenauer
Maureen Obenauer | 14 May 2016
Love our super lightweight endurance saddle! I’ve never had a better saddle, this is our 4th one. I’ve had saddles over $6000 that weren’t made as well!
Melissa Abbott | 02 June 2016
Sally Schulbach Hurtrn received my new saddle this past Friday. The next day I put it on my hard to fit mare and was immediately impressed by how well it fit her. Previously whenever I would mount up, the first few steps were always accompanied by a swishing tail and attitude. Not this time. Not one swish, just calmly moved out! Wow! Just simply wow! Thank you so much!
Sally Schulbach Hurt | 06 June 2016
Here is my Cascade Wade on my 25 year old mule Max. He’s still got his winter coat so I will post a picture again in June when he is shining. First ride I was instantly pleased at how comfortable the saddle is. It seems to fit just fine, and I REALLY like how light it is just 25.5 pounds
Katheryn McKenzie | 05 June 2016
I wanted to let ya’ll know that I LOVE my saddle… Thanks for putting up with me asking so many questions. I have to admit I was surprised when I saw my saddle in person it was WAY more than I ever expected. Thanks for making me and my mule happy!