Sopris Llamas
Sopris Rigging

1. Pad: Shown is the Split Pad (used with both Sopris & Roughy saddles -- the Ralide Saddle uses the Felt Pad and the Lumbar Saddle comes complete with a pad).
2. Diagonal straps keep chest strap in place & attach to pad quick release buckles
3. Chest strap
4. Leather billet strap & tongue
5. Metal snap & front saddle ring6. Cinch connection strap keeps the cinches perfectly placed
7. Pannier stabilizing strap with quick release buckles prevents the panniers from flying up when the llama jumps an obstacle.
8. Diagonal straps attach to rear cinch quick release buckle to keep the breeching from riding up under the llama’s tail.

9. Breeching
10. Metal snap connects the breeching to the rear saddle ring
11. Loop end of breeching
12. Velcro closure of pad (at rear of pad)
13. Sopris brand marks rear of the Sopris llama pack saddle on all saddles made after 1994.


Sopris Unlimited Rigging is made of 4"-wide felt sewn to 3"-wide nylon webbing.  The rigging is comfortable, the sewing strong, and the hardware is strong and easy to use.  Sopris Llama Pack Saddle Rigging is interchangeable with all of our saddles except the Rookie. The rigging dimensions and hardware of the Rookie System are specific to that equipment.

Our leather billet strap cinch system and our quick draw cinch system help to secure the load by minimizing front-to-rear and side-to-side movement.

The chest strap, or breast plate, works with the cinches to ensure that the saddle stays in place when the llama goes up steep inclines with heavy loads. It also prevents the saddle from being stripped off the rear of the lead animal in a pack string.

The breeching, or butt strap, works with the cinches to ensure that the saddle stays in place when the llama is going down steep descents with heavy loads.

The chest strap and breeching are recommended on all saddles when packing heavy loads in mountainous terrain. These straps may seem complicated at first but taking a few extra minutes to learn how to use them will save you time and frustration in the long run. Your animal will quickly learn to accept the chest strap and breeching, so don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.