Mike Branch
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R.W. Bowman Saddles


 At R. W. Bowman Saddle Co., LLC  we have produced a fine series of saddles designed to meet Mike's specifications. You will be impressed with these work saddles made with time honored methods to produce a lasting masterpiece that will last a lifetime  with reasonable care.


Stock No. :

No. 3515 15" Seat
No. 3516 16" Seat
Suggested Retail Price: $2990.00

Mike Branch Natural Wade

Tree: Wade Tree, made of Southern Yellow Pine covered in a single hand-laid layer of 6 oz fiberglass cloth. Manufactured Steele Saddle Tree LLC. The ground work is hand shaped using skirting leather over a 20 gauge saddle strainer (tin seat). We shape this leather to sit you comfortably in the saddle eliminating the need for all the fancy-named thick padding that many are using today to cover poor ground work.
Seat Size: Available in 15" and 16".
Bars: Full Quarter Horse Arizona Bars
Weight: Approximately 38 lbs.
Gullet Width: 7"
Gullet Height: 7 ¾"
Swell: Wade Fork; Width 11"
Skirts: Length 27"; Width 11 ½", lined with genuine bark tan  1" thick wool shearlings, 1” density.
Cantle: Height 4";  Width  13"; Dish 1 ½"; Style 1 ½" Natural Rawhide Pencil Roll, Hand Sewn.
Horn: Height 2", Diameter 4 ¾", capped and wrapped, natural rawhide tipped, hand sewn with mule hide wrap.
Stirrup Leathers: 3" with leather covered Blevins Buckles. Nevada twist with burgundy latigo wrap.
Stirrups: Wooden metal bound natural rawhide covered, hand laced bell stirrups with 3" treads.
Rigging: Horseshoe Brand Flat Plate dropped in-skirt, 7/8’s position, 2 ½" beveled stainless steel dees in rear.
Flank Cincha: 3" tapering to 1 ¾"; burgundy latigo lined with stainless steel roller buckles.
Leather: 13-15 oz. Thoroughbred Mahogany Skirting.
Trim:  All Hardware including the saddle screws and washers is stainless steel.  Saddle strings cut from premium 5-7 oz. burgundy latigo. We use the Union Lockstitch to sew and pull the 346 white nylon thread tight at 4
½ stitches to the inch.
Finish: Each Mike Branch Natural Wade first receives a warm coat of 100% pure neatsfoot oil followed by a generous coat of Aussie Leather Conditioner.  Edges are burnished by hand rubbing.
Tooling: Floral with Carlos Border.



Stock No. :
No. 3615 15" Seat
No. 3616 16" Seat
Suggested Retail Price: $3190.00

Mike Branch Wade Rancher

Tree: Wade Tree, made of Southern Yellow Pine covered in a single hand-laid layer of 6 oz fiberglass cloth. Manufactured Steele Saddle Tree LLC. The ground work is hand shaped using skirting leather over a 20 gauge saddle strainer (tin seat). We shape this leather to sit you comfortably in the saddle eliminating the need for all the fancy-named thick padding that many are using today to cover poor ground work.
Seat Size: Available in 15" and 16".
Bars: Full Quarter Horse Arizona Bars
Weight: Approximately 42 lbs.
Gullet Width: 7"
Gullet Height: 7 ¾"
Swell: Wade Fork; Width 11"
Skirts: Length 27"; Width 11 ½", lined with genuine bark tan  1" thick wool shearlings, 1" density.
Cantle: Height 4";  Width  13"; Dish 1 ½"; Style 1 ½" Natural Rawhide Pencil Roll, Hand Sewn.
Horn: Height 2", Diameter 4 ¾", capped and wrapped, natural rawhide tipped, hand sewn with mule hide wrap.
Stirrup Leathers: Exposed 3" with leather covered Blevins Buckles and oak leaf & acorn hand tooling. Nevada twist with burgundy latigo wrap.
Stirrups: Wooden metal bound natural rawhide covered, hand laced bell stirrups with 3" treads.
Rigging: Dropped plate rigging in 7/8’s position. Hardware is Stainless Steel Horseshoe Brand.
Flank Cincha: 6" tapering to 4" to 1 ¾"; burgundy latigo lined with stainless steel roller buckles.
Leather: 15-17 oz. Thoroughbred Mahogany Skirting.
Trim:  All Hardware including the saddle screws and washers is stainless steel.  Saddle strings cut from premium 5-7 oz. burgundy latigo. We use the Union Lockstitch to sew and pull the 346 white nylon thread tight at 4
½ stitches to the inch.
Finish: Each Mike Branch Wade Rancher first receives a warm coat of 100% pure neatsfoot oil followed by a generous coat of Aussie Leather Conditioner. Edges are burnished by hand rubbing.
Tooling: Hand carved Oak Leaf and Acorn with Carlos Border.



Stock No. :
No. 3815 15" Seat
No. 3816 16" Seat
No. 3817 17" Seat
Suggested Retail Price: $1790.00

No. 38 Mike Branch Natural Ride

Tree:
Natural Ride Tree, made of Southern Yellow Pine covered in a single hand-laid layer of 6 oz fiberglass cloth. Manufactured exclusively for us by Steele Saddle Tree LLC. The ground work is hand shaped using skirting leather over a 20 gauge saddle strainer (tin seat). We shape this leather to sit you comfortably in the saddle eliminating the need for all the fancy-named thick padding that many are using today to cover poor ground work.
Seat Size: Available in 15", 16", and 17".
Bars: Full Quarter Horse Bars
Weight: Approximately 29 lbs.
Gullet Width: 7"
Gullet Height: 8"
Swell: A-Fork; Width 10".
Skirts: Length 26" (on 16" seat); Width 13 ½" at front and 9" at rear, lined with faux shearling, 90% wool.
Cantle: Height 4";  Width  13"; Dish 1 ½"; Style 1 ½" Natural Rawhide Covered Pencil Roll, Hand Sewn.
Horn: Height 2 ¾", Diameter 2 ½", Leather covered, Hand Sewn.
Stirrup Leathers: 2 ½" with Leather Covered Blevins Buckles, machine sewn and copper riveted at the Blevins Buckles and the top of the fenders.
Stirrups: Wooden metal bound natural rawhide covered, hand laced bell stirrups with 3" treads.
Rigging: Horseshoe Brand Flat Plate in-skirt, 7/8’s position, 2 ½" beveled stainless steel dees in rear.
Flank Cincha: 3" tapering to 1 ¾"; burgundy latigo lined with stainless steel roller buckles.
Leather: 13-15 oz. Mahogany Skirting.
Trim:  All Hardware including the saddle screws and washers is stainless steel.  Saddle strings cut from premium 5-7 oz. burgundy latigo. We use the Union Lockstitch to sew and pull the 277 white nylon thread tight at 5 ½ stitches to the inch.
Finish: Each Mike Branch Natural Ride Saddle first receives a warm coat of 100% pure neatsfoot oil followed by a generous coat of Aussie Leather Conditioner.  Edges are burnished by hand rubbing.
Tooling: Carlos Border.

Stock No. :
No. 3815 15" Seat
No. 3816 16" Seat
No. 3817 17" Seat



Stock No. :
No. 3715 15" Seat
No. 3716 16" Seat
Suggested Retail Price: $2390.00

Mike Branch Rough Out Wade

Tree: Wade Tree, made of Southern Yellow Pine covered in a single hand-laid layer of 6 oz fiberglass cloth. Manufactured Steele Saddle Tree LLC. The ground work is hand shaped using skirting leather over a 20 gauge saddle strainer (tin seat). We shape this leather to sit you comfortably in the saddle eliminating the need for all the fancy-named thick padding that many are using today to cover poor ground work.
Seat Size: Available in 15" and 16".
Bars: Full Quarter Horse Arizona Bars
Weight: Approximately 32 lbs.
Gullet Width: 7"
Gullet Height: 7 ¾"
Swell: Wade Fork; Width 11"
Skirts: Length 27"; Width 12 ½", lined with genuine bark tan  1" thick wool shearlings, 1" density.
Cantle: Height 4";  Width  13"; Dish 1 ½"; Style 1 ½" Natural Rawhide Pencil Roll, Hand Sewn.
Horn: Height 2", Diameter 4 ¾", capped and wrapped, natural rawhide tipped, hand sewn with mule hide wrap.
Stirrup Leathers: 3" with leather covered Blevins Buckles. Nevada twist with burgundy latigo wrap.
Stirrups: Wooden metal bound natural rawhide covered, hand laced bell stirrups with 3" treads.
Rigging: Horseshoe Brand Flat Plate dropped in-skirt, 7/8’s position, 2 ½" beveled stainless steel dees in rear.
Flank Cincha: 3" tapering to 1 ¾"; burgundy latigo lined with stainless steel roller buckles.
Leather: 13-15 oz. Thoroughbred Golden rough side out, buffed.
Trim All Hardware including the saddle screws and washers is stainless steel.  Saddle strings cut from premium 5-7 oz. burgundy latigo. We use the Union Lockstitch to sew and pull the 346 white nylon thread tight at 4
½ stitches to the inch.
Finish: Each Mike Branch Rough Out Wade first receives a warm coat of 100% pure neatsfoot oil followed by a generous coat of Aussie Leather Conditioner.  Edges are burnished by hand rubbing.




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