Uncle Joe's Saddlery and Forge
Joe Chicone has been a professional horseman for over 40 years, as well as a leather worker and blacksmith.
All the products in our store are handmade at our shop in Burdett, New York.
We can do customs orders of any horse tack, leather or iron goods. Please get in touch with us and tell us what you need!
Trooper saddles have been used for many years by Calvary troops. Captain Edward Nolan is most famously remembered for his grave role in the charge of the Light Brigade but deserves acknowledgement in the innovation of the universal pattern trooper saddle. Alongside cavalry reformer Major Francis Dwyer of the Austrian Imperial Army, these officers developed a saddle that has been globally accepted as a reputable design, optimal for both the horse and rider.
Troopers tend to be more basic than other saddles. Lighter weight, less material and with plenty of rigging and D-rings to attach necessary equipment are all features of a true trooper saddle. Troopers tend to be popular with endurance riders, mounted police units and gaited horse riders.
There are many, many different styles and designs. The most recognizable trooper saddle by far though is the McClellan. The saddles are neither western nor English, they are their own style. Our saddles have been a total rework of the great old universal pattern British Military Saddle of the 19th Century.
As a certified journeyman farrier, I’ve been in the horse industry for the last 40 years. I’ve worked with all breeds from minis to draft horses-- I’ve rode and drove mules for pleasure and for show but my enduring passion is cowboying and trail riding. A long day in the saddle is a day well spent to me. Durable gear has always been important to me and so naturally that is my focus as a leather worker. The best long riders I ever heard of were the soldiers who were in the saddle more than not. I have collected and used military gear from any cavalry I could find.