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Heavy Duty Ranch Roper

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The CUSTOM RANCH ROPER is a "buckaroo style" saddle built for rugged work with a classic cowboy look. Its broad, flat roping horn, heavy-duty fork, buck rolls and deep padded seat are designed for maximum comfort during long hours in the saddle handling livestock or just riding the range. Lots of customized options with tooled all-leather styling incorporating our SMARTFLX foundation.

  • Wade-styled fork with broad, flat, sloping Guadalajara roping horn
  • Generous wither clearance yet low center of gravity for dallying. Recommend roping/holding up to 800 pounds at angle to avoid over-flexing tree for sake of horse comfort.
  • Horn is protection-wrapped in replaceable mule hide. Rope strap is anchored in horn with generous length.
  • Dished Cantle to hold rider securely with inset padded seat for maximum comfort.
  • Rugged and sturdy Saddle which weighs approximately 10-15 pounds less than traditional roping saddles
  • Small profile rounded skirts for horse comfort in lateral flexion
  • Work-wide fenders swing easily for ease of rider-horse communication
  • Roughout leather is standard on cantle dish, seat jockey and fenders for rider security with smooth leather on other parts. Choose otherwise if desired.
  • Exclusive Smartflx foundation - creating freedom & space for horse to achieve maximum efficiency in stride
  • Suits all breeds. Our 2 gullet sizing choice and interface tools suit all sizes, shapes and conformations
  • Hand crafted and made to order

(CAUTION: If you rope, wrangle, drag large numbers of animals weighing more than 800 pounds on a consistent and daily basis, we recommend that we craft a saddle for you tailored to your needs and with a little less flexibility).

This saddle is available in seat size 14.5" - 17.5" *additional sizes may be available with consultation*

Please scroll down to see our "Product Description" for saddle weight, length and other unique features.

Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand: Your order will ship from our US Headquarters in Bayfield, Colorado. Prices do not include tax or any other fees associated with the import of your saddle. Please check with your local import department for your country´s import procedure and fees. In case you need any assistance, pls. contact saddles@naturalhorsemansaddles.com
Our Price: $4,950.00

Availability: The RANCH ROPER is hand crafted and custom made in the US within 3-4 months
Product Code: NH-WES-RR-CSTM


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  • Pommel (Fork): Shape is known as a heavy "slick fork" with no swells (it has Buck Rolls instead), a shallow, wide, flat 5" round-topped roping horn. The horn is slightly narrower at the base for the sake of stacking your rope coils on the front "lip" of the fork while dallying. It comes complete with protective leather horn wrap and roping strap. Buck rolls are great for rider security and match the seat leather color.
  • Cantle: 3.5"// 7.6 cm tall with with significant "dish" that hugs rider securely. 1.5" // 3.8 cm Cheyenne roll.
  • Seat: Grippy soft-padded textured dark brown leather seat inset-sewn into the rough out leather seat jockey. This is a labor-intensive process by skilled saddle makers, but we believe it is a must for ALL of our Ranch Roper saddles. It provides a sturdier, stable seat from which to rope. Traditional Wade saddles had hard leather seats, but an inset of soft padded leather provides magnificent comfort for rider while facilitating the bit of flex in the tree under your seat, enabling you to enjoy feeling connected to your horse's body motion and rhythm. Such a flexing of the saddle seat area offers good feeling and maneuverability for the horse, too. Seat pocket is not deeply defined, but gently sloped to balance point toward the back of the seat.
  • Leather: #1 Quality veg-tanned leather hides used exclusively. Roughout leather on seat jockey, body housing and back cinch. Construction features double-reinforced stitching, extra-finished hand-roll-cut edge rounding of super thick roughout leather that is well reinforced under the seat, fork and cantle for sturdiness while roping...and so many other construction features that you will notice and speak of quality handwork that draws admirers. Smooth leather on fork, top skirt and cheyenne roll. CHOOSE; Light Oil, Medium Oil or Dark Brown.
  • Skirts: Small, rounded back skirts that are not laced tightly together, and offer the horse more contoured flexibility in the loin area because they can move independently.
  • Tooling: Hand stamped border pattern of NHS #1 Small Horsehead Reflected, NHS #2 Small Horsehead, NHS #3 Large Horsehead, NHS #4 Rope, NHS #5 Dual Horsehead, NHS #6 Daisy, NHS #7 Southwest with Horseheads or NHS #8 Bead Line on fork, housing, skirts, seat jockey and fenders.
  • Hardware: heavy duty brass or stainless steel.
  • Conchos: NHS #1 LS Leather Rosette Slotted, NHS #2 SS Plain Steel Slotted, NHS #2 BS Plain Brass Slotted, NHS #3 NS Sunflower Sunflower Nickel Slotted, NHS #3 BS Sunflower Brass Finish Slotted, NHS #4 SS Eight Horsehead Scalloped Steel Finish Slotted, NHS #4 BS Eight Horsehead Scalloped Brass Finish Slotted, NHS #5 SS Five Horsehead Steel Finish Slotted, NHS #5 BS Five Horsehead Brass Finish Slotted, NHS #6 PS Western Filegree Pewter Finish Slotted, NHS #7 PS Western Filagree Pewter with Black Slotted, NHS #9 SNB Blackhawk Nickel on Brass Finish Slotted. All conchos for this saddle model are slotted for tie strings to thread through. Conchos listed are available on new saddle orders and not available for individual sale.
  • Main cinch rigging: Flat plate, In-skirt.
  • Rear cinch rigging included: Rear D with heavy duty, doubled-and-stitched flank billets and back cinch includes a short cinch hobble for connecting to main cinch. Rear cinch should be buckled snugly for best stabilization of the back of the saddle, and short hobble enables pressure to be located in the horse’s sternum area and not impact the soft abdominal region.
  • Fenders: Wide and free-swinging for optimum rider leg flexibility with stirrups connected via a 'Texas twist', which sets them in perfect position to accept your foot with no strain on your knees. Cut to size for Rider inseam length. 6 basic leg length sizes available, with numbered adjustment strap holes at 1” // 25.4” increments.
  • Stirrups: 4” wide wooden bells, hand bound brass or steel covered (customer choice related to hardwar), leather lined with wooden heel peg.
  • Latigos on both sides: for main cinch rigging, no off-side billet unless requested.
  • Tie strings: 6 sets holding slotted brass or steel conchos.
  • Breast Collar D-rings: Set high for freedom of shoulder movement.
  • Cinch keeper installed on right side off concho at base of cantle.
  • Leatherman tool/knife holder: installed on back billet.
  • Hobble strap holder: installed at base of cantle left side in case you need to let your horse graze while you’re busy with fence work or something out on the range.
  • Underside: Suede-covered memory foam or traditional durable sheepskin.
  • Seat sizes 14.5 - 17.5 available.
  • Length of saddle: From front of saddle to back of curve at widest point: 25.5”-26.5” / 63.5 -66.04 cm depending upon seat size.
  • Weight of saddle: Approximately 35 - 38 lbs // 15.8 - 17.2 kg

Handcrafted in USA or Europe.

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