Blazing Saddles: Texas (1850-1885)

Texan Cowboy Saddles

(1850-1885)

Horse saddles originated in the Dark Ages.  They were developed for Crusader Knights and Moors when they rode into battle.

The Spanish brought them to the New World, where they were adopted and adapted by the Americans.

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  • Known as the Old California, this popular saddle was often used by cowboys for the great cattle drives.
  • In time, half-seat skirts and saddle pockets were added.
  • The majority of the saddle was made from sturdy leather, sometimes tooled in beautiful designs.
  • All cowboys carried a carbine rifle within easy reach.
  • Steel horns gradually replaced the wooden pommels.

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