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Roping Saddles

Below are roping saddles for sale, both new and used.

For information on roping saddle riggings, please scroll down beneath the saddles for sale.

Below: A roping saddle.

A brand new roping saddle

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Roping Saddle Riggings

Thanks to the needs of the working cowboy, riggings on most roping saddles today are either "full-rigged," "7/8 rigged," or (less commonly) "3/4 rigged." This means that the front cinch is farther forward toward the front of the saddle than an older style of rigging called "center fire."

Full-rigged and 7/8 rigged roping saddles, when used with a back cinch (sometimes also called a "flank cinch"), are designed to handle the force and stress of roping, both on the saddle and on the horse.

Below: An illustrated photo showing approximate saddle rigging positions.

Rigging position on a roping saddle


Below is a photo of a center fire rigged saddle on display at the Don King Museum, a wonderful museum inside of King’s Saddlery in Sheridan, Wyoming. As you can see, it has a center fire rigging. Roping saddles are typically full-rigged or 7/8 rigged.

Below: A saddle with a center fire rigging.

A center fire rigged saddle; not for roping


When shopping for a roping saddle it can sometimes be helpful to understand that saddle rigging positions vary from one saddle maker to another. In other words, one saddle maker's "full" rigging position (or any of the other positions) might not be in the exact same place as another saddle maker's. Since there isn't an industry wide standard for rigging positions each saddle maker sets their own standards.

Below: A team roping saddle at Cheyenne Frontier Days. You can see the power the horse is using to turn the steer.

A team roping sadde being used in competition


Below: A calf roping saddle. You can see it has a front and back cinch.

A calf roping saddle with front and back cinch


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