"O.W. Saddles is known for fast turn-around time, for fair prices, and for using top quality materials in construction and repair. "

John has a passion for the work he does and pride in the craftsmanship of the tack he creates or repairs.

About O.W. Saddles

O.W. Saddles was started back in the early  1980’s when John Owens found it hard to find someone to repair his horse gear. He simply started doing it himself, and then he did it for friends, and eventually he was repairing and creating custom tack, saddles, and gun leathers for customers who heard about his work. To expand his skills he studied saddle making under Don Brown in Garden Valley, Idaho.


These days John works in a mobile saddle and tack shop, spending summers near Durango, Colorado, and winters in Apache Junction, Arizona. He offers full service tack and saddle repair as well as custom saddlery.


Now in 2020 for John There is now a permanent shop in each of his two locations. The original shop trailer will new reside in the Arizona location. The Durango location now has a metal shipping container for his Durango shop location.

OW Saddles' New Durango shop is a container building

OW Saddles’ New Durango shop building is a container.

Tack & Saddle Repair

A Full Service Saddle Shop for All Your Saddlery, Tack and Equipment Repairs


I can replace your saddle tree, recover saddle horns, re-sheep saddle skirts, or even put a new seat on your saddle.

Need to replace conways into roller buckles? No problem,  just ask John!

Harnesses – custom additions and modifications

Custom Leatherwork

There are a great many possibilities to customize your leather saddle and riding gear. Just contact John to discuss your ideas, something will get worked out!

Plus, if you have in mind a new custom saddle for either yourself of someone special, visit my Custom Western Saddles page for more details!