Mule Saddles for Sale – Find a Good Fit for Your Mule!

If you’re researching mule saddles for sale, it really helps to see what your choices are, consider designs by different mule saddle makers, and compare costs. That’s what you can do here. Find a good fit for your mule today, with help from the saddle experts at Horse Saddle Shop – USA’s #1 saddler.

The basic goal of all saddles is the same: to distribute the rider’s weight as evenly as possible across as much of the bars of the saddle as possible. The bars are the two weight-bearing strips of a saddle tree that go on the mule’s back along both sides of the spine.

Mule saddles fit the contour of a mule’s back.

A mule’s shape depends on the conformation and pedigrees of the mare (could be any breed) and the jack. Mules generally have a straighter, flatter back line than horses, with a lower withers and a flatter build through the ribcage.

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Unaware of these differences, a newcomer to mules and saddle fitting may simply tack up old Molly or Johnny with their favorite quarter horse saddle and head on down the trail.

But they’ll find out soon enough that even the best stock horse saddle – when used on a mule – can slide forward, ride too far back, slip sideways, rock up, pinch, cause sores, hair loss or worse.

And an unhappy mule in an ill-fitting saddle usually won’t hide his or her feelings about it.

Mule saddles are designed with all of these body differences in mind, including:

  • Bars — the bar spread (gullet width) and bar angle are set to conform to a horse’s back angle, slope, and contour. The bar spread and angle of a typical western horse saddle often won’t sit correctly on a mule’s back.
    Most saddle tree bars are set to fit an equine’s back confirmation from narrow to very wide:
    Regular Bars — a more narrow or A-shaped angle
    Quarter Horse Bars — bars are set at a wider, flatter angle
    Semi-Quarter Horse Bars — bars are set in between Regular and Quarter Horse Bars
    Full Quarter Horse Bars — bars are even wider and flatter than Quarter Horse Bars angle
    Mule bars —fit the narrower width, distinct angle and slope, straighter contour of spine, length, and muscling of a mule’s back.
  • Bars should settle just behind the mule’s scapula (shoulder blade) causing no restriction or interference with the mule’s full shoulder movement. (A mule’s scapula glides up and down, while a horse’s slides forward and back.)
  • The saddle’s wither clearance must be right for the mule (2 to 3 fingers’ width of wither clearance underneath the swell.)
  • Due to a typically low withers and a sometimes “downhill” back conformation, many mule saddles are handily fitted with rear crupper rings.
  • Mule saddles generally have cut back skirting for a shorter back, and for clearance at the shoulder blade.

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Circle Y Long Ear Mule Trail Saddle

  • Seat Size: 15″, 16″, 17″
  • Tree: Flex2 A-Fork Mule Regular or Wide
  • Rigging: 3-Way Adjustable In-skirt
  • Swell: 10″
  • Cantle: 5″
  • 12″ D x 26″ L Skirt
  • Weighs about 28 pounds

Tucker Mule Saddlery: Tucker Pine Ridge Mule Trail Saddle

Tucker Pine Ridge Mule Trail Saddle

 

  • Color: Brown, Black, Golden
  • Tree: A-Fork Mule – Medium or Wide
  • Rigging: Adjustable Position In-Skirt Western (straight rear dee)
  • Swell: 9″
  • Cantle Height: 5″
  • 26″ Semi-Round Skirt
  • Weighs about 28 lbs

Billy Cook Wade Mule Ranch Saddle

Billy Cook Wade Mule Saddles

  • Tree: Wade rawhide covered
  • Horn: 4″ short post
  • Swell: 9″ hand tooled
  • Cantle: 4″ straight roll
  • Rigging: 7/8 double rig
  • Skirts: Artificial wool lined 26 1/2″
  • Stirrups: 3″ deep roper rawhide covered and laced
  • Weighs about 42 pounds

Billy Cook Roughout Mule Ranch Saddle

Billy Cook Mule Ranch Saddles

  • Tree: Rawhide covered mule bars
  • Horn: 3 1/2″ post with wrap
  • Swell: 9″.
  • Cantle: 4″.
  • Rigging: 7/8 Double Rig.
  • Skirts: Artificial wool lined 26 1/2″
  • Stirrups: 3″ rawhide covered.
  • Weighs about 42 lbs.

 

 


Dakota Custom Mule Saddlery

Dakota Mule Saddles

  • Tree: Steele Equi-Fit. Fiberglass Covered Mule Bars. Full Bars Available.
  • Skirt Length: 27″
  • Rigging: Double Stainless Steel Dees 7/8″ Position
  • Cantle: 5″
  • Stirrup Leather: 3″ With Blevins Buckles.
  • Weighs about 40 lbs
  • * Full flank set included – with connector strap to secure the flank to the front cinch.

 

 


American Saddlery The Mule Tamer Saddle

American Saddlery - The Mule Tamer Saddle

  • Tree: Fiberglass-covered modified white river
  • Gullet Width: 6.5″, Mule bars – Steele Equi-fit tree
  • Swell: 11.5″
  • Cantle Height: 5″
  • Seat: 15″ or 16″
  • Skirt  25.5″ L x 13″ W
  • Stirrup Leathers: 2.5″ with Blevins buckles
  • Stirrups: Hand-laced leather-covered Visalia
  • Rigging: In-skirt solid brass 3-way rigging with rear dees
  • Weighs about 33 lbs.

Big Horn “King of Mules” Cordura Saddle

Big Horn "King of Mules" Cordura Mule Saddle

  • Tree: Fiberglass-covered wood with flat top-line bars, swept-back swells
  • Seat: Grain-out, padded
  • Cantle: 4″
  • Gullet: Medium
  • Rigging: 7/8″ solid brass double conventional rigging. Brass crupper ring, britchen, and breast collar dees
  • Skirt Length: 26″
  • Finish: Show brown
  • Weighs about 22 lbs.

 


Big Horn Custom Choice Mule Fit Trail Saddle

Big Horn Custom Choice Mule Fit Trail Saddle

  • Seat: 16″ or 17″ Winston/Hughes ground seat.
  • Tree: Equifit fiberglass covered Mule choice fit, 7″ gullet.
  • Cantle: 4 1/2″
  • Front: 12″
  • Rigging: Stainless steel plate built into skirts 1 3/4″ flank girth.
  • Skirts: Round corners 26″ x 13″, wool fleece lined
  • Stirrups: Oversized sewed with padded foot pad.
  • Trim: Stainless steel dees, loops, rings.
  • Weighs about 34 pounds

Big Horn Texas Best Hill Country Mule Trail III Saddle

Big Horn Hill Country Mule Trail III Saddle

  • Tree: Wood fiberglass Equi-fit tree by Steele Saddle Tree Co.
  • Swell: 11.5″
  • Gullet Width: Mule Bars with 7-inch Gullet
  • Cantle Height: 5″
  • Seat: 16″ or 17″
  • Skirt: 25.5″ L x 13″ W
  • Stirrups: Sewn leather-covered Visalia
  • Rigging: Brass 3-way rigging plate and solid brass hardware
  • Weighs about 33 lbs

Big Horn Texas Best Hill Country Mule Trail II Saddles

Big Horn Hill Country Trail II Mule Saddle

 

  • Tree: Wood fiberglass Equifit tree by Steele Saddle Tree Co
  • Swell: 11.5″
  • Gullet: Mule Bars with 7inch Gullet
  • Weighs about 33 pounds
  • Cantle Height: 5″
  • Seat: 16″ or 17″
  • Skirt Length: 25.5″; Skirt Width: 13″
  • Stirrups: Hand-laced leather-covered Visalia
  • Rigging: Brass 3-way rigging plate

 


Right Fitting, Best Priced Mule Saddles Online

Quality saddles are made to fit a mule’s general conformation and build; but like a horse, every mule is an individual. And as their backs change with age and maturity, the fit of the saddle will change with it.

Understanding your mule or horse’s conformation goes a long way to helping you make an informed decision towards any purchase. The great news is, Horse Saddle Shop has The Best return and exchange policies you’ll find from an online tack store, topped with awesome customer service from genuine saddle professionals.

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