Hi, I’m Lary (yes, only 1-r) Cox, the saddle maker here at Christie Saddlery. I’m glad to have you take the time to learn what we can do to help you and your horse have a more enjoyable and comfortable ride and relationship.
I and my wife, Ann, began Christie Saddlery in the 1980’s as a hobby to supply close friends with the equipment they needed. By 1987, the venture had grown into a full-time business. The venture’s success eventually prompted me to leave my profession as a residential house framer and builder to pursue the making of saddles and tack. Our business has continually grown, as has our knowledge of the different horse types and our ability to assess the saddle and tack needs needed for each individual’s proper performance.
Here at Christie Saddlery, we like to keep business on a personal level. We would like to thank all of our customers for their support and input. We have our own shop, where we assemble most of our handcrafted leather products. This allows us to accommodate any special needs that our customers may have, along with our system of a great saddle fit for horse and rider.
We do everything we can to ensure a pleasing product, and we want you to be 100% satisfied with our products and services.
Again, thanks to all of our customers for their support and input. We appreciate it!
Hank and I have been training Arabian endurance and trail horses and competing in the sport of endurance for over 15 years. If there is any portion of the saddle that is uncomfortable for the rider or doesn’t quite fit the horse’s back you will really know it after riding 50 miles in one day. Endurance riders in general are notorious for being extremely particular about saddle fit and are open to trying all types of new saddle designs and flexible fit trees. With many of the treeless or flexible, adjustable type trees of other saddles, you are paying for that flexibility, but not getting really good quality. The saddles often use lower quality, thinner leather or synthetics and are generally less durable. Other saddles offer a variety of tree sizes for you to try out on your horse and make a selection. We have tried all of these options and none of them compare to having a solid tree custom designed to fit your horse combined with a seat and stirrup fenders custom designed to fit the rider. That is what you get from a Larry Cox Saddle. We have not only purchased 2 saddles from Larry Cox, but have referred several other trail and endurance riders to him and we have all been happy with our new saddles. We were most impressed by Larry’s unique method of measuring the horse’s back in 4 places, the curve from the left side to the right side of the horse where the front of the tree sits, at the deepest part of the horse’s back and where the back of the tree will sit. His 4th measurement is the “rock” along the topline of the horse. Then he uses these measurements to create a tree designed specifically for your horse. Most endurance riders will tell you that the horse’s back changes when he becomes really fit – ready for multi-days or 100s. What we have found is that the main structure (the skeleton) of a horse’s back doesn’t change after age 6. By age 6 the growth plates in the vertebrae have closed, so the angles and slope of the vertebrae and rib cage that you measure for a custom tree are set by age 6. As the horse becomes more muscular and loses fat, he may become thinner but the saddle sits behind the shoulder and in front of the hindquarter where you see big muscle changes. To compensate for changes in weight, you can change the thickness of your saddle pad or change your feeding program. We have found if your horse is 6 or older and a body fat score of 4 to 5, your custom saddle should fit your horse for as long as he is able to compete or until he is old enough for his back to begin to sway. Larry’s saddles are made with such good quality that the saddle should still be functional and look good after 10 or 15 years of use. You can also customize it with all the snaps, d-rings, and tooling that you want as well as selecting the stirrup position, slope of the seat – you get the picture. Below is a photo of HSC Strike Force, Hank’s main endurance horse, wearing his new Larry Cox Endurance Saddle. The best part is that from the time you have your horse measured and make your deposit until the time your saddle is complete will probably only be about 4 to 6 weeks. Any saddle we buy in the future will be a Larry Cox Custom Saddle.
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