Custom Buena Vista Saddles


The original Genuine "Buena Vista" saddle was made by "Buena Vista Saddlery (1885-1895) in the town of Buena Vista, Rockbridge County, Virginia. The original Buena Vista plantation saddle was about the most comfortable riding saddle ever made. They were used by plantation overseers, country doctors, circuit riding preachers, and others who spent long hours on horseback and had to have a saddle that was all-day comfortable for themselves and their mounts.

​For those of you who like a hornless saddle but still want the western look and the security of a deeper seat, we present to you the Bear Creek Buena Vista Western Trail Saddle. It is light weight, uncomplicated and very comfortable for man and horse. Because this saddle is super light weight and ultra comfortable it has become one of our most popular designs. If you are looking for the ultimate comfort for yourself and your horse while  riding multiple days on those long trails, you need to check this saddle out.

Our Buena Vista tree is made by the world renowned Steele Saddle Tree company. and has been custom designed for Bear Creek. We have modified the tree by rounding out the seat area and planing the wood where the cantle meets the bars and adding a more gradual slope for optimal comfort. This is especially nice for the ladies with shorter inseams as your rear end is cupped in the seat and your thighs hang more natural. The pommel and cantle of the Bear Creek model are somewhat higher than the original Buena Vistas, giving the rider a deeper, more secure seat. This saddle is ideal for the high withered, sloping shouldered horses. Its wide, under-base at the gullet of the tree also makes it particularly less stressful to the horses’s back. Many gaited horse riders love this saddle as their horse's smoothness improves considerably. Also allows the bigger shouldered QH's to move better as well. We can build this saddle with bars to fit any breed of horse, gaited or non-gaited. We have built this saddle for a Percheron, a pony as well as Arabians, Walking Horses and several other breeds including Quarter Horses.

The Bear Creek Buena Vista Trail Saddle features our Dual Density foam padding system (optional). This shock absorbing seat gives you hours of Ultimate Trail Comfort, like sitting in your favorite soft leather recliner. Guaranteed to be the most comfortable seat out there today. The Tough-1 Swivel And Lock stirrups with teardrop fenders are yet another great addition to this saddle. Reducing the strain on your knee and ankle joints so you can ride all-day long with no pain. You have the option to choose the fender design and stirrup that fits your style. This saddle can be ordered with a standard straight back ring which allows you to use the front and rear cinch rigging independently of each other for better stability on steep hills and rough terrain or if you prefer, you can order a tilted back ring so that you have the option of using centerfire rigging. This saddle has plenty of heavy duty stainless steel hardware for all your saddlebags and equipment. We use leather made in the USA by Wickett and Craig because only the best will do. Quality all around, from the leather to the hardware. 
$1500 Base Price Plus added options​​
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You can order a saddle as pictured or you can design a custom saddle with different options that reflect your distinct personality.Give us a call.​​​​
 
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