There are 3 styles of numbers used through the years, each new style telling more than before about the saddle. From 2005 to present serial numbers will look like this: 260-721-1212-13 and 20081234. The 260 is the style, the 7 is seat size, the 2 is color, 1 tells if smooth or tooled, 1 is rigging, 2 is skirt, 1 is fender, 2 is stirrup, 1 is hardware, 3 is tree. The next set of numbers is the unique saddle number. For 2005-1998, numbers look like 012606123M. The 01 is year made, 260 is model, 6 is seat size, 123 is the unique saddle number, and M is medium tree. From 1998 and before, numbers were like E795123: E means Endurance (W means Western) 7 is month made, 95 is year made, 123 is the unique number for the saddle.
Using the current saddle numbering system, these are what the saddle numbers mean after the first 3 digits which are always the model:
Seat Size: may be a 5-8: 5=15.5″, 6=16.5″, 7=17.5″, 8=18.5″
Color: 1=Black, 2=Brown, 4=Golden
Tooling: 1=Tooled, 0=Smooth
Rigging: 1=Western, 2=EBR Single Tie, 3=EBR Double Tie, 4=English Billet, 5=Adjustable Position Close Contact, 8=Buckle Tie
Skirt: 1=Round, 2=Full
Fender: 1=Western, 2=Western Long, 3=Trail, 4=Trail Long, 5=Plantation, 6=English Stirrup leathers 7=Trooper Med, 8=Trooper Long
Stirrup: 1=Leather laced 2.5″, 2=Leather laced 3″, 3=Trail Glide standard, 4=Leather covered Trail Glide, 5=Trail Glide Hooded, 6=EBS Trail Glide, 7=Oversized Hooded Trail Glide, 8=EBS Leather laced, 9=Leather covered EBS Trail Glide
Hardware: 1=Brass, 2=Chrome, 3=Brass Concho, 4=Silver Concho, 5=Tucker conchos, 6=LA conchos, 7=Aztec Star conchos, 9=Brass hearts
Tree: 1=Medium, 2=Wide, 3=Extra Wide, 7=FB Medium, 8=FB Wide, 4=Mule Medium, 5=Mule Wide
Our years of research combined with our state-of-the art computer imaging have allowed us to produce precision saddle trees that provide unrestricted movement and a comfortable fit for horses of all breeds. Our research has led us to develop extended fits for those horses with conformations not served by the industry standards. If you are unsure of which tree width would be best for your horse or mule, we recommend you provide templates of your horse’s back – follow this link for more information on measuring your horses back! Horses with shorter backs benefit from the length of the normal Tucker saddle skirt which measures less than 24″. Our round skirt styles also benefit shorter backed horses.
We offer different tree sizes to fit for the comfort of your horse or mule:
Medium: For the horse with a defined wither and average build. The majority of horses are a Medium fit
Wide: For the horses that are broad or mutton withered, or foundation conformation
Extra wide: For drafts, draft crosses, or extremely wide foundation type horses
FB Medium: For a flatter barrel, or slab sided, conformation typical in gaited horses
Mule: For mules with flat back conformation; available in medium or wide
Tucker-Saddle-Fit-guide-2015.pdf (141 downloads) to get our take on proper saddle fit
Yes! You may choose any stirrup that will accommodate the fender of the specific saddle selected. There are many options to choose from to customize your Tucker saddle perfectly for you. View our options guide to build your ideal saddle. 2017_Tucker_options.jpg (19 downloads)
Consider your height, weight, body type, and the type of saddle you are used to when choosing the right seat size for your riding needs. Our saddle seats typically fit a bit smaller than some saddles because of all the great Gel-Cush™. Our average seat size is 16.5″ and usually accommodates medium height riders from 150 to 190 lbs. The 15.5″ seat fits small riders usually less than 150 lbs. The 17.5″ seat fits taller riders or larger than 190 lbs. The 18.5″ seat works well for the very tall and/or larger riders. The Montreal Royal Trooper seat measures 17.5 and 19.5.
Seat sizing tip: a little extra room in the seat is recommended over a seat that’s too snug.
Click this link to view the Seat Sizing Guide: 2016-TuckerSeatSizingGuide-.jpg (309 downloads)
We measure our saddle seats like the typical measuring standard of western saddles, from the base of the horn straight back to the center of the rim of the cantle. The Trooper and Montreal Lite are measured from the back of the cutback area of the seat front to the back of the seat seam.
Tucker’s seat sizes come in half sizes because of the patented Gel-Cush to give you that ultimate trail comfort experience. We recommend a seat with a little extra room is better than a seat that is too snug.
Use our Seat Sizing Guide to help you select your ideal seat size. Choose which icon best describes your conformation; then match your height, weight, and cantle height for which seat size best suits you.
Ergonomically-Sculptured Seat Design-This special seat design is available as an option on any Tucker Saddle. We have sculptured our gel-cush padding so that it provides enough height and cushion to soften some of the impact sustained by the rider’s hip bones while also creating a slight relief channel of clearance for the groin, and pelvic area. This has been a real breakthrough for riders with groin, prostate or hemorrhoid sensitivity.
Tucker products can be purchased only from the Authorized Tucker Dealer in your Area. Our Authorized Tucker Dealers have exclusive territorial rights to the sales of all Tucker products their area.
Information in becoming an Authorized Tucker Dealer is available upon request to existing Tack retailers who have a permanent retail store front open to the general public during “typical” retail hours who are interested in carrying a full line of Tucker trail saddles and products. Please call us at 800-882-5375 for more information.
Tucker’s patented Gel-Cush™ seat is unique only to a Tucker. It never bottoms out, absorbs pressure in all directions to disperse even shear forces, will never pop, freeze, or melt. Every Tucker saddle features a Gel-Cush™ seat. Enjoy every trail mile!
Yes, we do saddle and tack repair only and exclusively on Tucker products. To send a saddle in for repair, call 1-800-882-5375 to get shipping information and cost estimates.
We greatly value all horse enthusiasts whether they are just getting started, work for a non-profit organization, or hosting a charity event. Please fill out the Sponsorship Request Form and we will evaluate your request on a monthly basis.
In regards to the ErgoBalance™ Stirrups, does the large end of the cone go toward the horse’s body or away from it?
The large end of the cone goes towards the horse’s body.
For more than 35 years, we have been passionate about crafting saddles and riding equipment to enrich the experience of trail riders. Our products have contributed to thousands of hours of riding comfort for thousands of horses and their riders. When Bernice Ende says after riding over 20,000 miles in Tucker Saddles, “Nothing comes between me and my horse, but a Tucker Saddle” we consider it a privilege to share in this unique relationship between horse and rider.
The patented Gel-Cush™ shock absorbing seat is incorporated into every Tucker trail saddle so riders everywhere experience ultimate comfort for hours on the trail. We implement our years of research combined with our state-of-the art computer imaging to produce precision saddle trees that provide unrestricted movement and a comfortable fit for horses of all breeds. Our research has led us to develop extended fits for those horses with conformations not served by the industry standards. All of our saddles are designed based on thousands of hours of trail riding feedback from our loyal family of Tucker riders. We believe that you will agree with them that Tucker Trail Saddles are absolutely the most comfortable saddles available today. When hand crafting our saddles or tack we take no shortcuts with either craftsmanship or materials. Information on Quality & Craftsmanship! Most all Tucker products are still made in the USA.
We offer several different styles of riggings on our saddles. Rigging selection is usually based on both previous riding preferences and future riding plans.
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This is our best selling rigging and the most common rigging used on trail saddles. The rear rigging dee hangs straight to allow for a rear flank cinch set to be used. An in-skirt rigging reduces weight and bulk under the rider’s leg.
In-skirt EBR Single Tie
Offers the convenience of a front dee standard attachment and the front-to-rear balance ride attachment. When using the front-to rear design, this rigging offers a unique, extra secure fit. Uses a Western style girth. Not recommended with 18.5″ seat size.
In-skirt EBR Double Tie
The same as the Single Tie version of the Enduro-Balance Ride Rigging only using two separate billets to buckle to the girth. This rigging requires an English type girth with 1 1/4″ buckles. Not recommended with 18.5″ seat size.
Adjustable Position In-skirt Rigging
This rigging eliminates bulk under the rider’s leg and allows the saddle to be rigged in the Full, ⅞ or ¾ position.
Balanced Ride English Billet Rigging
The billets are 1” wide and plenty long for ample adjustment. Uses standard English girth.
This rigging is great for securing your saddle when traveling over rough terrain. Be sure to sure to rig your saddle the same on both sides.