Jim Taylor has spent most of his life in the company of horses of all kinds including breeds ranging from Thoroughbreds, Appaloosas, Paints, Arabians, and Quarter horses. He began with just plain trail riding to almost every western event offered in the show ring.

Like most aspiring riders, Jim worked for many different trainers to learn all he could. He has trained, rode and shown in everything from western pleasure, trail, equitation, hackamore and full bridle stock horses. His favorite events we always reining and working cowhorse winning consistently in each of these events in his younger days.

In 1971, he purchased a western saddle and tack store in the Pacific Northwest and became very interested in providing professional quality saddles and tack to top professional western trainers and showmen of the day. This led to a full-time manufacture and repair shop with his best friend, Paul White. After selling his shop to his friend, he left for Texas in 1981 to start a new venture in saddle making and the rest is history.

Jim has applied his experience in training pens and show rings to building equipment that really works. In his words, “we build the ridability first and the pretty second”. He rides what he makes and knows what to listen for when designing a professional quality saddle for trainers making a living in the saddle.

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What Makes Jim Taylor Saddles Unique

Tree Options

THE FG TREE features a combination or an ‘association’ style swell with a quarter horse width gullet. The cantle is 3 1/4 tall with a deep dish. The bars are the ‘Arizona’ type with our special twist & flare for equal pressure over the entire horse’s back. Our ‘shoulders free’ front bar angle greatly reduces the pressure on both sides of the horse’s withers above the scapular area.

THE DH TREE originally designed as a Reiner/Cutter combination possess a thinner and taller swell with cutter style bars that lay very flat and close to the horse. The gullet is a little wider than a regular quarter horse bar and includes our special “shoulders free’ angle in the front to allow more comfort in the horse’s scapular area. This tree allows for a very narrow ground-seat for the rider.

Shoulders Free

The second generation ‘shoulder’s-free’ tree is now a part of every Jim Taylor Saddle. Our new tree has been developed with our new exclusive treemaker to keep up with the way a horse’s back & shoulders change over time due to breeding combinations & competitive event demands. Real, True Comfort for hard working horses.

The Ground Seat

The foundation of every Jim Taylor Saddle is our revolutionary ‘ground-seat’ construction. Our ground-seat is key to aiding the rider’s ability to achieve maximum balance, security & position in the saddle during the most competitive horse events. This specially developed narrow seat with a unique, comfortable pocket stabilizes the rider during the tightest turns, high speed maneuvers, & slower relaxed movements. Real, True Comfort for hard working horses.