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Our Grand Daughter is a member of the Michigan Barrel Horse Association and we went to see her compete yesterday. While we were there, her Step-Dad found out I have a wood shop and asked me if I could make a saddle stand for her.

I wasn't quite sure what he was talking about, so he drew me a picture. That's all it took. So, her Christmas present has been started.

I searched the web for ideas and came up with a design to start with.
This is the basic idea behind them. Can you believe they get from $500-$800 for these?


I drew out a plan that will have a 4" border of walnut around a maple inner panel. The slats to hold the saddle will be maple. It is 16" wide at the top with an 8" half circle arc. Height will be 34" and the stand will be 24" wide at the base. Length is 24" or so. I haven't determined that yet.

After jointing and planing a wide walnut board, I started to cut pieces.
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That is a beautiful bit of work. And yes, i believe. Congrats on your granddaughters riding skills. And now, you can save some dollars, and do something that your granddaughter will remember for an eternity. It is amazing that when we count all our blessings, we find ourselves rich beyond all measure.!

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Yes, Howard. They are nice. Here are a few more I found while browsing.
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They are all nice! The first one you posted is the best in my eyes!

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An interesting project Mike. What do you think about building a removable tray to hold supplies like saddle soap, curry comb, hoof hook, awl and stitching thread? It seems like the base is the perfect place to store the tray and organize the essentials.

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Mike you must be able to get good wood cheaper then me. I see 2inch cherry in that first stand. I get charged $6.85 a board foot for that. So the price you quoted seems about right.
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I certainly believe the Price Mike, it's got to be at least two days work and no tradesman could charge less than a couple of hundred dollars a day, then there's the material and than an overall profit margin, geeze, they're too cheap!

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Ok we got the price range down , now lets see pictures in progress. And how about the dimensions for this. Guess I will have to google.

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AxlMyk: If at all possible try to get the ID of the Saddle. You would NOT want to make the Stand to wide which will make the skirt of the saddle wider and will not fit your grandaughter nor the horse...Like a hat that fits your head VS. one that does not. Sounds silly but look at English Saddles. Just two pads to fit the horses back, just a thought.
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What do you think about building a removable tray to hold supplies like saddle soap, curry comb, hoof hook, awl and stitching thread? It seems like the base is the perfect place to store the tray and organize the essentials.
I plan on putting a bridle hook on the front, and a removable tray or tool box in the bottom. I'll work on that when I get the side rails done, and it is standing on its own.

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Ok we got the price range down , now lets see pictures in progress. And how about the dimensions for this. Guess I will have to google.
I'll have to charge my Wife $500 for this. Pictures are a requirement of posting projects, according to Harry.

Generally, saddle stands are built around the size of a small oil drum. About 14.5" diam. at the top, (16" with slats) and about 34" tall. The bottom rail will be 24" wide for stability in case a little one is sitting on it. The stand must be sturdy, so I'm using 1" x 4" stock. I'll be using 1/2" dowel joinery on it

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If at all possible try to get the ID of the Saddle. You would NOT want to make the Stand to wide which will make the skirt of the saddle wider and will not fit your grandaughter nor the horse...Like a hat that fits your head VS. one that does not. Sounds silly but look at English Saddles. Just two pads to fit the horses back, just a thought.
I took some measurements while we were at the competitions, and she wasn't around. She told us last year the saddle is a size 14.
The saddle is about 24" long, and I measured 34" from the seat to the bottoms of the stirrups. A 34" tall stand leaves room for the saddle to sit proud on top and the stirrups to be high enough from the floor to lengthen them as she grows a bit more.

It is 22" wide for the width of the horse before the ribs take over going down the sides. All these dimensions leave room for the padding and carcase of the saddle, which as they are built, a triangle is formed.

Thanks all for the tips. Much appreciated.

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