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Parts of the Saddle - The Fenders

Parts of the saddle | The fenders

Fender {fén/dər} : n. a piece of leather that connects the stirrups to the side of a saddle.

The fender serves as a barrier between your leg and the horse, keeping your leg from contacting the horse's sweat or creating friction. The shape and size of fenders varies from saddle to saddle; the shape is more about style than function.

Adjusting the fender length so that the stirrup is comfortably on the rider's foot is important.

To read more about adjusting the length, read our article here.

Parts of the saddle

  • Saddle Diagram
  • The Seat
  • The Swell
  • The Cantle
  • The Rigging
  • The Gullet
  • The Fenders
  • The Stirrups
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