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Product Profile

Decker Pack Saddles made by 

Dale Pack Station

 

April 2011 Issue  

 

 

     Gordon Dale of Yakima , Washington , has been perfecting his Decker pack saddles for more than 25 years. His reputation as a quality maker who knows what he is doing keeps a stack of back orders from back country equestrians on his desk.

     To satisfy nearly every packer’s needs, and to offer a near-custom pack saddle, Dale makes eight different models of his Decker. These come fully rigged, and include a heavy-duty half-breed. Many models have a choice of single or double rigging; and stainless, chrome-plated, brass or bronze hardware; and other special options.

     Each pack saddle comes with a choice of three steel arch types — “C,” “R,” or “S” — which are mounted on bars which Dale hand-shapes from Ponderosa pine. His bars generally fit both horses and mules of medium to ample build, weighing from about 850 to 1,400 pounds.

     Standard, high-quality features on each Dale Pack Decker pack saddle include Herman Oak harness leather, edged to give a smooth, rounded finish; solid copper or solid brass rivets; ultra-smooth bottom stitching on breechings, breast straps and spiders; rolled and contoured two-ply breast straps that are sewn curved to prevent inside wrinkling; all straps are either machine-edges or hand-edged for a smooth finish; and all top stitching is in stitching grooves.

     To find out which Dale Pack Decker pack saddle best fits your needs — whether you are a novice back-country camper or hunter, or commercial packer — first visit www.deckerpacksaddles.com, if possible, where the differences in the eight saddle styles are fully explained.

            Then call Gordon Dale at 509-452-9455 for a personal consultation and to order.

 

 

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