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Whoa Podcast About Horses Horsemanship

May 5, 2015

Custom Saddles and Leather Care Tips from Granite Station Saddlery

Granite Station SaddleryWouldn't it be cool to have a custom made saddle?  But, what would it involve?  What's the difference between a custom saddle and a production saddle?  You know me.  When I want answers I go to the experts.  On this week's show I head over to Granite Station Saddlery.  When I arrived, Granite Station Saddlery was a beehive of activity.  The owner and saddle maker, Jack Smith managed to find some time to squeeze me into his busy schedule.   We sat down in his office and talked about custom saddles and how you can better take care of all your tack.

Granite Station Saddlery is located right here in Bakersfield.  They have made over 1400 custom saddles.  After the interview I got a tour of the place.  There were some spur straps being oiled on the counter.  I asked Jack about them.  I thought he just made saddles.  As it turns out, they make all kinds of leather products.  He showed me the careful attention he and his craftsmen put into their work.  He explained why the leather he used was so much better and the difference in quality.

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Welcome to the Whoa Podcast about Horses and Horsemanship.   I am your host  John Harrer.  Along with my wife, Ranae, each week on the show we talk about some aspect of owning a horse.  It could be feeding or supplementation.  It could be bits and bridles, tack, or cowboy boots.  We cover training problems, or competing in shows.  We talk to farriers and horse chiropractors.  We talk about movies, books and magazine articles.  And, we travel to places we think you would like to take your horse.   That’s what the Whoa Podcast is all about.

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John & Ranae

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