Tibetan Saddle

This Tibetan Saddle is dated about about 1920, so it is not old. The saddle is made from small sections of wood. I doubt if larger pieces of wood are easy to find in Tibet. Although they may have been imported from China. Until the wood speckled is identified it is hard to say what

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Basque Saddle, France

This is a saddle which we think is from Navarra. It is made with a quilting technique and has a very thick padding and a raised pommel. Judging by the design it was intended for use in cold temperatures. It is a half tree saddle, which is unusual. It would fit most horses. It could well

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Mayhew Side Saddle, 1930’s

Mayhew Side Saddle, 1930’s This saddle measures 15 inches from the withers to the cantle. The Mayhew saddle is padded higher on the left than the right to accommodate the right leg. It is easy to girth up by the rider as there is no second strap holding down the right-hand flap. It has a

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Side Saddle 1860-1880

Side-saddle with a quilted panel possibly dated around the 1870’s. It has a leaping head and so it is a very early example. The leaping head or third lower pommel was around from about the 1830’s. This saddle was purchased in the 1960’s from a Mr Allsop. It was then restored by Keith Luxford. It

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Pack Saddle from China

This is made from wood with metal fixings. The construction is very simple being planks of a hardwood set into a frame. They show a lot of wear on the wood as well as the metal fixings. I’ve been told they put them straight onto the horse, but I would think that would rub. All

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Dogon Saddle from Mali

This saddle is highly decorative it has a wooden tree padded and lined with sack cloth. The framework is stretched over with a wet raw hide leather which once it is dried in the sun is stained and then painted. It was made in 2006 by a man the Dogon tribe who is well known

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Western Stock Saddle, USA

This saddle is made by H.S. Lebman, San Antonio, Texas. The firm is still making saddles. This one is probably about 80 years old, and is a stockman’s saddle with the high cantle and roping pommel. The pommel is designed to provide support when breaking youngsters and roping. All Western tack and saddles are made

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Arabic Saddle

This saddle is most likely Arabic in origin. It has a flat seat with a more Mexican style pommel. The saddle bags and rigging suggest that it was designed for long distances to carry belongings. The stirrups are very unusual with laced fronts protecting the feet. The wooden frame does not look much different from

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Mexican Saddle

This Mexican saddle was found in California at a ranch owned by a Mexican. The saddle has great similarities with the Arabic one. The rigging is basic and serves its purpose as a working tool for catching cows. The pommel has a low head.

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