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     This page has a little bit about saddle horns and will someday have a slideshow below showing the different horns ect. I have been building wood horns in about all my saddles these days, and has actually been awhile since I put in a metal horn. A wood horn is actually part of the forks itself and shaped out of the same block of wood. There are many laminations in my wood horns, about 18 per inch of thickness so they are really strong.

     A metal horn is usually set into the fork by routing a place into the top of the fork that the wings at the base of horn fit into. Then the base is placed in a bed of material and screwed to the fork. It is not as strong as is wood horn that is actually part of the fork itself because the screws are how it fastens to the fork. The rawhide also increases the strength greatly on both types of horns. Usually a wooden horn cap would be fastened to the top of the metal horn, as will a wood horn also have a wooden horn cap usually out of hardwood. This allows nails to be put into the cap of the horn. A metal horn will generally be a smaller diameter neck than a wood horn.

     On horns , which ever type they are, it is best to keep them not too tall as if they are to high you can get a lot of leverage and "jerk" on your saddle and horse when you rope something. Closer to the horse means less leverage working against you. They need to be high enough to rope with without being so high to where you get to much leverage working against you and your horse. Most of mine are 3" tall and a very  few up to 3 1/2" tall. Check back to this page later on for more information and the slideshow in the future. I hope to fill this page out a lot more later on.

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Saddle Horns