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The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider of an animal, fastened to an animal's back by a girth. The most common type is the equestrian saddle designed for a horse. However, specialized saddles have been created for oxen, camels and other animals. It is not known precisely when riders first began to use some sort of padding or protection, but a blanket attached by some form of surcingle or girth was probably the first "saddle", followed later by more elaborate padded designs. The solid saddle tree was a later invention, and though early stirrup designs predated the invention of the solid tree. The paired stirrup, which attached to the tree, was the last element of the saddle to reach the basic form that is still used today. Today, modern saddles come in a wide variety of styles, each designed for a specific equestrianism discipline, and require careful fit to both the rider and the horse. Proper saddle care can extend the useful life of a saddle, often for decades. The saddle was a crucial step in the increased use of domesticated animals, during the Classical Era.

A dressage-style English saddle
A saddle from the Yi ethnic minority province in Yunnan province, China. Saddle has a leather base with lacquer overlay.
Western saddle at Garza County Historical Museum in Post, Texas, United States

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The word "saddle" originates from the Proto-Germanic language *sathulaz, with cognates in various other Indo-European languages, including the Latin sella.

Parts of an English saddle
The tree of a western saddle
  • Tree: the base on which the rest of the saddle is built – usually based on wood or a similar synthetic material. The saddler eventually covers it with leather or with a leather-like synthetic. The tree's size determines its fit on the horse's back, as well as the size of the seat for the rider. It provides a bearing surface to protect the horse from the weight of the rider. The solid saddle tree raises the rider above the horse's back, and distributes the rider's weight, reducing the pounds per square inch carried on any one part of the horse's back, thus greatly increasing the comfort of the horse and prolonging its useful life.[page needed]
  • Seat: the part of the saddle where the rider sits, it is usually lower than the pommel and cantle to provide security
  • Pommel (English)/ swells (Western): the front, slightly raised area of the saddle.
  • Cantle: the rear of the saddle
  • Stirrup: part of the saddle in which the rider's feet are placed; provides support and leverage to the rider.
  • Leathers and flaps (English), or fenders (Western): The leather straps connecting the stirrups to the saddle tree and leather flaps giving support to the rider's leg and protecting the rider from sweat.
  • D-ring: a "D"-shaped ring on the front of a saddle, to which certain pieces of equipment (such as breastplates) can be attached.
  • Girth or cinch: A wide strap that goes under the horse's barrel, just behind the front legs of the horse that holds the saddle on.
  • Panels, lining, or padding: Cushioning on the underside of the saddle.

Some saddles also include:

  • Surcingle: A long strap that goes all the way around the horse's barrel. Depending on purpose, may be used by itself, placed over a pad or blanket only, or placed over a saddle (often in addition to a girth) to help hold it on.
  • Monkey grip or less commonly jug handle: a handle that may be attached to the front of European saddles or on the right side of Australian stock saddle. A rider may use it to help maintain their seat or to assist in mounting.
  • Horn: knob-like appendage attached to the pommel or swells, most commonly associated with the modern western saddle, but seen on some saddle designs in other cultures.
  • Knee rolls: Seen on some English saddles, extra padding on the front of the flaps to help stabilize the rider's leg. Sometimes thigh rolls are also added to the back of the flap.

There is evidence, though disputed, that humans first began riding the horse not long after domestication, possibly as early as 4000 BC. The earliest known saddle-like equipment were fringed cloths or pads used by Assyrian cavalry around 700 BC. These were held on with a girth or surcingle that included breast straps and cruppers. From the earliest depictions, saddles became status symbols. To show off an individual's wealth and status, embellishments were added to saddles, including elaborate sewing and leather work, precious metals such as gold, carvings of wood and horn, and other ornamentation.

The North Iranian Eurasian nomads known in Europe as Scythians and in Asia as Saka developed an early form of saddle with a rudimentary frame, which included two parallel leather cushions, with girth attached to them, a pommel and cantle with detachable bone/horn/hardened leather facings, leather thongs, a crupper, breastplate, and a felt shabrack adorned with animal motifs. These were located in Pazyryk burials finds. These saddles, found in the Ukok Plateau, Siberia were dated to 500-400 BC. Iconographic evidence of a predecessor to the modern saddle has been found in the art of the ancient Armenians, Assyrians, and steppe nomads depicted on the Assyrian stone relief carvings from the time of Ashurnasirpal II. The Scythians also developed an early saddle that included padding and decorative embellishments. Though they had neither a solid tree nor stirrups, these early treeless saddles and pads provided protection and comfort to the rider, with a slight increase in security. The Sarmatians also used a padded treeless early saddle, possibly as early as the seventh century BC and ancient Greek artworks of Alexander the Great of Macedon depict a saddle cloth.

Early solid-treed saddles were made of felt that covered a wooden frame. Chinese saddles are depicted among the cavalry horses in the Terracotta Army of the Qin dynasty, completed by 206 BC. Asian designs proliferated during China's Han dynasty approximately 200 BC. One of the earliest solid-treed saddles in the Western world was the "four horn" design, first used by the Romans as early as the 1st century BC. Neither design had stirrups.

Reconstructed Roman military saddle (four-horn design)

The development of the solid saddle tree was significant; it raised the rider above the horse's back, and distributed the rider's weight on either side of the animal's spine instead of pinpointing pressure at the rider's seat bones, reducing the pressure (force per unit area) on any one part of the horse's back, thus greatly increasing the comfort of the horse and prolonging its useful life. The invention of the solid saddle tree also allowed development of the true stirrup as it is known today. Without a solid tree, the rider's weight in the stirrups creates abnormal pressure points and makes the horse's back sore. Thermography studies on "treeless" and flexible tree saddle designs have found that there is considerable friction across the center line of a horse's back.

The stirrup was one of the milestones in saddle development. The first stirrup-like object was invented in India in the 2nd century BC, and consisted of a simple leather strap in which the rider's toe was placed. It offered very little support, however. Nomadic tribes in Mongolia are thought to have been the inventors of the modern stirrup, but the first dependable representation of a rider with paired stirrups was found in China in a Jin Dynasty tomb of about 302 AD. The stirrup appeared to be in widespread use across China by 477 AD, and later spread to Europe. This invention gave great support for the rider, and was essential in later warfare.

Post-classical West Africa

Accounts of the cavalry system of the Mali Empire describe the use of stirrups and saddles in the cavalry . Stirrups and Saddles brought about innovation in new tactics, such as mass charges with thrusting spears and swords.

Middle Ages

A saddle commonly seen in the 16th and 17th centuries

Saddles were improved upon during the Middle Ages, as knights needed saddles that were stronger and offered more support. The resulting saddle had a higher cantle and pommel (to prevent the rider from being unseated in warfare) and was built on a wooden tree that supported more weight from a rider with armor and weapons. This saddle, a predecessor to the modern Western saddle, was originally padded with wool or horsehair and covered in leather or textiles. It was later modified for cattle tending and bullfighting in addition to the continual development for use in war. Other saddles, derived from earlier, treeless designs, sometimes added solid trees to support stirrups, but were kept light for use by messengers and for horse racing.

Modernity

The English hunting saddle

The saddle eventually branched off into different designs that became the modern English and Western saddles.

One variant of the English saddle was developed by François Robinchon de la Guérinière, a French riding master and author of "Ecole de Cavalerie" who made major contributions to what today is known as classical dressage. He put great emphasis on the proper development of a "three point" seat that is still used today by many dressage riders.

In the 18th century, fox hunting became increasingly popular in England. The high-cantle, high-pommel design of earlier saddles became a hindrance, unsafe and uncomfortable for riders as they jumped. Due to this fact, Guérinière's saddle design which included a low pommel and cantle and allowed for more freedom of movement for both horse and rider, became increasingly popular throughout northern Europe. In the early 20th century, Captain Frederico Caprilli revolutionized the jumping saddle by placing the flap at an angle that allowed a rider to achieve the forward seat necessary for jumping high fences and traveling rapidly across rugged terrain.

The modern Western saddle was developed from the Spanish saddles that were brought by the Spanish Conquistadors when they came to the Americas. These saddles were adapted to suit the needs of vaqueros and cowboys of Mexico, Texas and California, including the addition of a horn that allowed a lariat to be tied or dallied for the purpose of holding cattle and other livestock.

In the Western world there are two basic types of saddles used today for horseback riding, usually called the English saddle and the "stock" saddle. The best known stock saddle is the American western saddle, followed by the Australian stock saddle. In Asia and throughout the world, there are numerous saddles of unique designs used by various nationalities and ethnic groups.

English

Main article: English saddle
A Hunt Seat style English saddle

English saddles are used for English riding throughout the world, not just in England or English-speaking countries. They are the saddles used in all of the Olympic equestrian disciplines. The term English saddle encompasses several different styles of saddle, including those used for eventing, show jumping and hunt seat, dressage, saddle seat, horse racing, horse surfing and polo.

The major distinguishing feature of an English saddle is its flatter appearance, the lack of a horn, and the self-padding design of the panels: a pair of pads attached to the underside of the seat and filled with wool, foam, or air. However, the length and angle of the flaps, the depth of the seat and height of the cantle all play a role in the use for which a particular saddle is intended.

The "tree" that underlies the saddle is usually one of the defining features of saddle quality. Traditionally, the tree of an English saddle is built of laminated layers of high quality wood reinforced with spring steel along its length, with a riveted gullet plate. These trees are semi-adjustable and are considered "spring trees". They have some give, but a minimum amount of flexibility.

More recently, saddle manufacturers are using various materials to replace wood and create a synthetic molded tree (some with the integrated spring steel and gullet plate, some without). Synthetic materials vary widely in quality. Polyurethane trees are often very well-made, but some cheap saddles are made with fiberglass trees of limited durability. Synthetic trees are often lighter, more durable, and easier to customize. Some designs are intended to be more flexible and move with the horse.

Several companies offer flexible trees or adjustable gullets that allow the same saddle to be used on different sizes of horses.

Stock

Main article: Western saddle
A Western-style saddle

Western saddles are saddles originally designed to be used on horses on working cattle ranches in the United States. Used today in a wide variety of western riding activities, they are the "cowboy saddles" familiar to movie viewers, rodeo fans, and those who have gone on tourist trail rides. The Western saddle has no padding of its own, and must be used with a saddle blanket or pad in order to provide a comfortable fit for the horse. It also has sturdier stirrups and uses a cinch rather than a girth. Its most distinctive feature is the horn on the front of the saddle, originally used to dally a lariat when roping cattle.

Other nations such as Australia and Argentina have stock saddles that usually do not have a horn, but have other features commonly seen in a western saddle, including a deep seat, high cantle, and heavier leather.

The tree of a western saddle is the most critical component, defining the size and shape of the finished product. The tree determines both the width and length of the saddle as it sits on the back of the horse, as well as the length of the seat for the rider, width of the swells (pommel), height of cantle, and, usually, shape of the horn. Traditional trees were made of wood or wood laminate covered with rawhide and this style is still manufactured today, though modern synthetic materials are also used. Leather is stretched and molded around the tree, with minimal padding between the tree and the exterior leather, usually a bit of relatively thin padding on the seat, and a sheepskin cover on the underside of the skirts to prevent chafing and rubbing on the horse.

Though a western saddle is often considerably heavier than an English saddle, the tree is designed to spread out the weight of the rider and any equipment the rider may be carrying so that there are fewer pounds per square inch on the horse's back and, when properly fitted, few if any pressure points. Thus, the design, in spite of its weight, can be used for many hours with relatively little discomfort to a properly conditioned horse and rider.

Military

A McClellan cavalry saddle, used by the United States Army in the late 1800s

British Universal Pattern military saddles were used by the mounted forces from Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.[better source needed]

The Steel Arch Universal Pattern Mark I was issued in 1891. This was found to irritate riders and in 1893 it was discontinued in favour of the Mark II. In 1898, the Mark III appeared, which had the addition of a V-shaped arrangement of strap billets on the sideboards for the attachment of the girth. This girthing system could be moved forward or back to obtain an optimum fit on a wide range of horses.

From 1902 the Universal Military Saddle was manufactured with a fixed tree, broad panels to spread the load, and initially a front arch in three sizes. The advantage of this saddle was its lightness, ease of repair and comfort for horse and rider. From 1912 the saddle was built on an adjustable tree and consequently only one size was needed. Its advantage over the fixed tree 1902 pattern was its ability to maintain a better fit on the horse's back as the horse gained or lost weight. This saddle was made using traditional methods and featured a seat blocked from sole leather, which maintained its shape well.[better source needed] Military saddles were fitted with metal staples and dees to carry a sword, spare horse shoes and other equipment.

In the US, the McClellan saddle was introduced in the 1850s by George B. McClellan for use by the United States Cavalry, and the core design was used continuously, with some improvements, until the 1940s. Today, the McClellan saddle continues to be used by ceremonial mounted units in the U.S. Army. The basic design that inspired McClellan saw use by military units in several other nations, including Rhodesia and Mexico, and even to a degree by the British in the Boer War.

Military saddles are still produced and are now used in exhibitions, parades and other events.

Asian

A Central Asian saddle from Kashgar, China.

Saddles in Asia date to the time of the Scythians and Cimmerians. Modern Asian saddles can be divided into two groups: those from Central Asia, which have a prominent horn and leather covering, and those from East Asia, which have a high pommel and cantle. Central Asian saddles are noted for their wide seats and high horns. The saddle has a base of wood with a thin leather covering that frequently has a lacquer finish. Central Asian saddles have no pad and must be ridden with a saddle blanket. The horn comes in particular good use during the rough horseback sport of buskashi, played throughout Central Asia, which involves two teams of riders wrestling over a decapitated goat's carcass.

Saddles from East Asia differ from Central Asian saddles by their high pommel and cantle and lack of a horn. East Asian saddles can be divided into several types that are associated with certain nationalities and ethnic groups. Saddles used by the Han Chinese are noted by their use of inlay work for ornamentation. Tibetan saddles typically employ iron covers inlaid with precious metals on the pommel and cantle and universally come with padding. Mongolian saddles are similar to the Tibetan style except that they are typically smaller and the seat has a high ridge. Saddles from ethnic minority groups in China's southwest, such as in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, have colorful lacquer work over a leather covering.

Japanese

Main article: Kura (saddle)
Japanese saddle

Japanese saddles are classified as Chinese-style (karagura) or Japanese-style (yamatogura). In the Nara period the Chinese style was adopted. Gradually the Japanese changed the saddle to suit their needs, and in the Heian period, the saddle typically associated with the samurai class was developed. These saddles, known as kura, were lacquered as protection from the weather. Early samurai warfare was conducted primarily on horseback and the kura provided a rugged, stable, comfortable platform for shooting arrows, but it was not well suited for speed or distance. In the Edo period horses were no longer needed for warfare and Japanese saddles became quite elaborate and were decorated with mother of pearl inlays, gold leaf, and designs in colored lacquer.

Other

A sidesaddle
  • Sidesaddle, designed originally as a woman's saddle that allowed a rider in a skirt to stay on and control a horse. Sidesaddle riding is still seen today in horse shows, fox hunting, parades and other exhibitions.
  • Trick (or stunt) riding saddles are similar to western saddles and have a tall metal horn, low front and back, reinforced hand holds and extended double rigging for a wide back girth.
  • Endurance riding saddle, a saddle designed to be comfortable to the horse with broad panels but lightweight design, as well as comfortable for the rider over long hours of riding over challenging terrain.
  • Police saddle, similar to an English saddle in general design, but with a tree that provides greater security to the rider and distributes a rider's weight over a greater area so that the horse is comfortable with a rider on its back for long hours.
  • McClellan saddle, a specific American cavalry model that entered service just before the Civil War with the United States Army. It was designed with an English-type tree, but with a higher pommel and cantle. Also, the area upon which the rider sits was divided into two sections with a gap between the two panels.
  • Pack saddle, similar to a cavalry saddle in the simplicity of its construction, but intended solely for the support of heavy bags or other objects being carried by the horse.
  • Double seat saddles have two pairs of stirrups and two deep padded seats for use when double-banking or riding double with a child behind an adult rider. The western variety has one horn on the front of the saddle.
  • Treeless saddle, available in both Western and English designs, but not built upon a solid saddle tree, intended to be flexible and comfortable on a variety of horses, but also not always able to provide the weight support of a solid tree. The use of an appropriate saddle pad is essential for treeless saddles.
  • A flexible saddle uses a traditional tree, but the panels are not permanently attached to the finished saddle. These saddles use flexible panels (the part that sits along the horse's back) that are moveable and adjustable to provide a custom fit for the horse and allow for changes of placement as the horse's body develops.
  • Bareback pad, usually a simple pad in the shape of an English-style saddle pad, made of cordura nylon or leather, padded with fleece, wool or synthetic foam, equipped with a girth. It is used as an alternative to bareback riding to provide padding for both horse and rider and to help keep the rider's clothing a bit cleaner. Depending on materials, bareback pads offer a bit more grip to the rider's seat and legs. However, though some bareback pads come with handles and even stirrups, without being attached to a saddle tree, these appendages are unsafe and pads with them should be avoided. In some cases, the addition of stirrups without a supporting tree place pressure on the horse's spinous processes, potentially causing damage.
Main articles: English saddle and Western saddle
Comparison of the undersides of a western saddle (back) and an English saddle (front)

A saddle, regardless of type, must fit both horse and rider. Saddle fitting is an art and in ideal circumstances is performed by a professional saddlemaker or saddle fitter. Custom-made saddles designed for an individual horse and rider will fit the best, but are also the most expensive. However, many manufactured saddles provide a decent fit if properly selected, and some minor adjustments can be made.

Horse

The debate about the definition of a fitting saddle is still controversial; however, there is a general rule for fitting that no damage should occur to the horse's skin and no injury should be presented to any muscular or neural tissues beneath the saddle.

Width of the saddle is the primary means by which a saddle is measured and fitted to a horse, though length of tree and proper balance must also be considered. The gullet of a saddle must clear the withers of the horse, but yet must not be so narrow as to pinch the horse's back. The tree must be positioned so that the tree points (English) or bars (Western) do not interfere with the movement of the horse's shoulder. The seat of the saddle must be positioned so that the rider, when riding correctly, is placed over the horse's center of balance. The bars of the saddle must not be so long that they place pressure beyond the last rib of the horse. A too-short tree alone does not usually create a problem, as shorter trees are most often on saddles made for children, though a short tree with an unbalanced adult rider may create abnormal pressure points.

While a horse's back can be measured for size and shape, the saddle must be tried on the individual animal to assure proper fit. Saddle blankets or pads can provide assistance to correct minor fit problems, but no amount of padding can compensate for a poor-fitting saddle. The common problems associated with saddle fitting problems are: bridging, ill-fitting headplates and incorrect stuffing of the panels.

One saddle simply cannot fit all animals. Nor will a saddle fit even the same horse forever without adjustments. As a horse advances in conditioning, age, and training, the back muscles and even the underlying skeletal structures change to some degree. Thus, particularly with English saddles, a saddle fitter needs to make periodic adjustments. Western saddles are more difficult to adjust, though use of shims and padding can compensate for some changes. A lower pressure per square inch of surface area is a bit more forgiving. In some cases, a horse will physically develop to a degree that a different saddle may have to be purchased.

Rider

Method of fitting riders varies tremendously between designs. Length of the seat is the most common method by which saddles are fitted, though the length and placement of the flaps or fenders of the saddle also influence a person's leg position and thus the way an individual sits. While a too long or too short seat will cause considerable discomfort, and even interfere with the security of the rider on the horse, width is also a factor. Any well-fitting saddle should be wide enough to support the rider's seat bones, without being so wide as to cause discomfort. While saddles are not usually marketed by seat width, designs do vary, and the only way a rider can determine the proper fit of a saddle is to sit on one.

Balance is also a critical factor. A properly balanced saddle places the rider over the horse's center of balance for the equestrian discipline involved. A poor-fitting saddle often leaves a rider feeling that they are sliding backwards and constantly attempting to move "uphill." Less often, a poor-fitting saddle shifts the rider too far forward and creates a sensation of being pushed onto the horse's neck.

Stirrup fit varies greatly between disciplines, from the very short stirrup of the horse racing jockey to the long stirrup of the dressage or reining competitor. However, in all cases, the stirrup leather must be properly placed so that the rider remains in balance over the saddle and is not thrown ahead or behind the motion of the horse when putting weight in the stirrups.

All saddles need to be kept clean and dry. They need to be stored under cover, away from weather and dust. Ideally they should be stored in an area where they are kept at a slightly cool but consistent temperature, though the practical need to keep saddles near horses may make temperature-controlled storage difficult. Saddles also need to be kept away from a direct heat source, such as a furnace duct or heater, as excess heat, especially driven by a fan, will dry out the leather. For the same reason, if leather gets wet, it must be allowed to dry naturally, away from a direct heat source. A properly cared-for saddle can last for many decades, even with regular use.

Cleaning is an important part of caring for tack. Tack that is not cleaned will start to build up sweat and dirt, which will cause uncomfortable rubbing on the horse. Sweat and dirt also tend to cause cracking in leather, which may result in breaking. This not only decreases the value of the saddle, but can be very dangerous if critical equipment, such as a stirrup leather, breaks mid-ride. Proper care and conditioning of the saddle will not only increase its useful life, but will also help to retain its value.

A saddle should be cleaned regularly if it used for work. It is usually easiest to clean a saddle when placed on a moveable saddle rack. Ideally, a rider should quickly wipe down the saddle after every ride with a slightly damp, but not wet, sponge or cloth, in order to remove any dirt and sweat. Once a week, or after every 5–7 rides, a more thorough cleaning should be performed.

Saddles are cleaned using saddle soap, followed by a conditioning (moisturizing) product that will restore the natural oils back into the leather. Saddle soap is used with only a minimal amount of water and suds or lather kept low, as getting the leather too wet may lead to a number of problems. In a dry climate, wet leather may dehydrate and crack, particularly if subjected to repeated wet-dry stresses. In a humid climate, excess water for cleaning creates an environment for rot and mold.

Once a saddle is clean, a conditioner is used to restore moisture removed by the cleaning process. While glycerine-based saddle soaps have conditioning properties, it is usually important to remove most soap residue before conditioning to prevent product buildup on the leather. Saddles kept in storage also benefit from occasional conditioning to restore natural oils. While conditioning a saddle is an important element of saddle care, and critical in dry climates, over-oiling may rot jute or other natural fiber stitching, particularly in humid climates. Neatsfoot oil is one traditional conditioner, and products containing beeswax are popular in some areas, but there are also many other commercial blends of conditioning products available. Oil products tend to darken leather from its natural color. Sometimes this is desirable and sometimes not, depending on the desired shade of the leather.

Strap parts of the saddle, such as the stirrup leathers, billets (on an English saddle) and latigo (on a western saddle) also need conditioning, but it varies by climate. In a dry climate, failure to oil straps may result in cracking and weakening of the leather, and they can snap or break. In a more humid climate, too much oil may weaken the leather. Properly conditioned leather is neither brittle nor floppy in texture and flexibility.

Saddles made of synthetic materials can be cleaned using water and a mild cleaner and do not require conditioning. They will tolerate being washed with water without risk of drying out or damaging the material. While synthetics to date will not last as long as a well-cared for leather saddle, they withstand lack of cleaning and care as well as exposure to rain and dampness quite well.

Before a horse show or other competition, the rider should take extra care to clean the saddle and polish all metal parts, including the D-rings, stirrups, stirrup bars and nailheads on an English saddle; and the buckles, dees, and ornamental silver on a Western saddle.

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Saddle Article Talk Language Watch Edit This article is about saddles for animals For other uses see Saddle disambiguation This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Saddle news newspapers books scholar JSTOR September 2013 Learn how and when to remove this template message The saddle is a supportive structure for a rider of an animal fastened to an animal s back by a girth The most common type is the equestrian saddle designed for a horse However specialized saddles have been created for oxen camels and other animals 1 2 It is not known precisely when riders first began to use some sort of padding or protection but a blanket attached by some form of surcingle or girth was probably the first saddle followed later by more elaborate padded designs The solid saddle tree was a later invention and though early stirrup designs predated the invention of the solid tree The paired stirrup which attached to the tree was the last element of the saddle to reach the basic form that is still used today Today modern saddles come in a wide variety of styles each designed for a specific equestrianism discipline and require careful fit to both the rider and the horse Proper saddle care can extend the useful life of a saddle often for decades The saddle was a crucial step in the increased use of domesticated animals during the Classical Era A dressage style English saddle A saddle from the Yi ethnic minority province in Yunnan province China Saddle has a leather base with lacquer overlay Western saddle at Garza County Historical Museum in Post Texas United States Contents 1 Etymology 2 Parts 3 History and development 3 1 Post classical West Africa 3 2 Middle Ages 3 3 Modernity 4 Types 4 1 English 4 2 Stock 4 3 Military 4 4 Asian 4 4 1 Japanese 4 5 Other 5 Fitting 5 1 Horse 5 2 Rider 6 Care 7 See also 7 1 Vehicular 8 Citations 9 General sources 10 External linksEtymology EditThe word saddle originates from the Proto Germanic language sathulaz with cognates in various other Indo European languages 3 including the Latin sella 4 Parts Edit Parts of an English saddle The tree of a western saddle Tree the base on which the rest of the saddle is built usually based on wood or a similar synthetic material The saddler eventually covers it with leather or with a leather like synthetic The tree s size determines its fit on the horse s back as well as the size of the seat for the rider It provides a bearing surface to protect the horse from the weight of the rider The solid saddle tree raises the rider above the horse s back and distributes the rider s weight reducing the pounds per square inch carried on any one part of the horse s back thus greatly increasing the comfort of the horse and prolonging its useful life 5 page needed Seat the part of the saddle where the rider sits it is usually lower than the pommel and cantle to provide security Pommel English swells Western the front slightly raised area of the saddle Cantle the rear of the saddle Stirrup part of the saddle in which the rider s feet are placed provides support and leverage to the rider Leathers and flaps English or fenders Western The leather straps connecting the stirrups to the saddle tree and leather flaps giving support to the rider s leg and protecting the rider from sweat D ring a D shaped ring on the front of a saddle to which certain pieces of equipment such as breastplates can be attached Girth or cinch A wide strap that goes under the horse s barrel just behind the front legs of the horse that holds the saddle on Panels lining or padding Cushioning on the underside of the saddle Some saddles also include Surcingle A long strap that goes all the way around the horse s barrel Depending on purpose may be used by itself placed over a pad or blanket only or placed over a saddle often in addition to a girth to help hold it on Monkey grip or less commonly jug handle a handle that may be attached to the front of European saddles or on the right side of Australian stock saddle A rider may use it to help maintain their seat or to assist in mounting Horn knob like appendage attached to the pommel or swells most commonly associated with the modern western saddle but seen on some saddle designs in other cultures Knee rolls Seen on some English saddles extra padding on the front of the flaps to help stabilize the rider s leg Sometimes thigh rolls are also added to the back of the flap History and development EditThere is evidence though disputed that humans first began riding the horse not long after domestication possibly as early as 4000 BC 6 The earliest known saddle like equipment were fringed cloths or pads used by Assyrian cavalry around 700 BC These were held on with a girth or surcingle that included breast straps and cruppers 7 From the earliest depictions saddles became status symbols To show off an individual s wealth and status embellishments were added to saddles including elaborate sewing and leather work precious metals such as gold carvings of wood and horn and other ornamentation 8 The North Iranian Eurasian nomads known in Europe as Scythians and in Asia as Saka developed an early form of saddle with a rudimentary frame which included two parallel leather cushions with girth attached to them a pommel and cantle with detachable bone horn hardened leather facings leather thongs a crupper breastplate and a felt shabrack adorned with animal motifs These were located in Pazyryk burials finds 9 These saddles found in the Ukok Plateau Siberia were dated to 500 400 BC 7 8 Iconographic evidence of a predecessor to the modern saddle has been found in the art of the ancient Armenians Assyrians and steppe nomads depicted on the Assyrian stone relief carvings from the time of Ashurnasirpal II The Scythians also developed an early saddle that included padding and decorative embellishments 7 Though they had neither a solid tree nor stirrups these early treeless saddles and pads provided protection and comfort to the rider with a slight increase in security The Sarmatians also used a padded treeless early saddle possibly as early as the seventh century BC 10 and ancient Greek artworks of Alexander the Great of Macedon depict a saddle cloth 7 Early solid treed saddles were made of felt that covered a wooden frame Chinese saddles are depicted among the cavalry horses in the Terracotta Army of the Qin dynasty completed by 206 BC 11 Asian designs proliferated during China s Han dynasty approximately 200 BC 7 One of the earliest solid treed saddles in the Western world was the four horn design first used by the Romans as early as the 1st century BC 12 Neither design had stirrups 7 Reconstructed Roman military saddle four horn design The development of the solid saddle tree was significant it raised the rider above the horse s back and distributed the rider s weight on either side of the animal s spine instead of pinpointing pressure at the rider s seat bones reducing the pressure force per unit area on any one part of the horse s back thus greatly increasing the comfort of the horse and prolonging its useful life The invention of the solid saddle tree also allowed development of the true stirrup as it is known today 13 Without a solid tree the rider s weight in the stirrups creates abnormal pressure points and makes the horse s back sore Thermography studies on treeless and flexible tree saddle designs have found that there is considerable friction across the center line of a horse s back 14 The stirrup was one of the milestones in saddle development The first stirrup like object was invented in India in the 2nd century BC and consisted of a simple leather strap in which the rider s toe was placed It offered very little support however Nomadic tribes in Mongolia are thought to have been the inventors of the modern stirrup but the first dependable representation of a rider with paired stirrups was found in China in a Jin Dynasty tomb of about 302 AD 15 The stirrup appeared to be in widespread use across China by 477 AD 16 and later spread to Europe This invention gave great support for the rider and was essential in later warfare Post classical West Africa Edit Accounts of the cavalry system of the Mali Empire describe the use of stirrups and saddles in the cavalry Stirrups and Saddles brought about innovation in new tactics such as mass charges with thrusting spears and swords 17 Middle Ages Edit Main article Horses in the Middle Ages A saddle commonly seen in the 16th and 17th centuries Saddles were improved upon during the Middle Ages as knights needed saddles that were stronger and offered more support The resulting saddle had a higher cantle and pommel to prevent the rider from being unseated in warfare and was built on a wooden tree that supported more weight from a rider with armor and weapons This saddle a predecessor to the modern Western saddle was originally padded with wool or horsehair and covered in leather or textiles It was later modified for cattle tending and bullfighting in addition to the continual development for use in war Other saddles derived from earlier treeless designs sometimes added solid trees to support stirrups but were kept light for use by messengers and for horse racing Modernity Edit The English hunting saddle The saddle eventually branched off into different designs that became the modern English and Western saddles One variant of the English saddle was developed by Francois Robinchon de la Gueriniere a French riding master and author of Ecole de Cavalerie who made major contributions to what today is known as classical dressage He put great emphasis on the proper development of a three point seat that is still used today by many dressage riders In the 18th century fox hunting became increasingly popular in England The high cantle high pommel design of earlier saddles became a hindrance unsafe and uncomfortable for riders as they jumped Due to this fact Gueriniere s saddle design which included a low pommel and cantle and allowed for more freedom of movement for both horse and rider became increasingly popular throughout northern Europe In the early 20th century Captain Frederico Caprilli revolutionized the jumping saddle by placing the flap at an angle that allowed a rider to achieve the forward seat necessary for jumping high fences and traveling rapidly across rugged terrain The modern Western saddle was developed from the Spanish saddles that were brought by the Spanish Conquistadors when they came to the Americas These saddles were adapted to suit the needs of vaqueros and cowboys of Mexico Texas and California including the addition of a horn that allowed a lariat to be tied or dallied for the purpose of holding cattle and other livestock Types EditIn the Western world there are two basic types of saddles used today for horseback riding usually called the English saddle and the stock saddle The best known stock saddle is the American western saddle followed by the Australian stock saddle In Asia and throughout the world there are numerous saddles of unique designs used by various nationalities and ethnic groups English Edit Main article English saddle A Hunt Seat style English saddle English saddles are used for English riding throughout the world not just in England or English speaking countries They are the saddles used in all of the Olympic equestrian disciplines The term English saddle encompasses several different styles of saddle including those used for eventing show jumping and hunt seat dressage saddle seat horse racing horse surfing and polo The major distinguishing feature of an English saddle is its flatter appearance the lack of a horn and the self padding design of the panels a pair of pads attached to the underside of the seat and filled with wool foam or air However the length and angle of the flaps the depth of the seat and height of the cantle all play a role in the use for which a particular saddle is intended The tree that underlies the saddle is usually one of the defining features of saddle quality Traditionally the tree of an English saddle is built of laminated layers of high quality wood reinforced with spring steel along its length with a riveted gullet plate These trees are semi adjustable and are considered spring trees They have some give but a minimum amount of flexibility More recently saddle manufacturers are using various materials to replace wood and create a synthetic molded tree some with the integrated spring steel and gullet plate some without Synthetic materials vary widely in quality Polyurethane trees are often very well made but some cheap saddles are made with fiberglass trees of limited durability Synthetic trees are often lighter more durable and easier to customize Some designs are intended to be more flexible and move with the horse Several companies offer flexible trees or adjustable gullets that allow the same saddle to be used on different sizes of horses Stock Edit Main article Western saddle Main article Australian Stock Saddle A Western style saddle Western saddles are saddles originally designed to be used on horses on working cattle ranches in the United States Used today in a wide variety of western riding activities they are the cowboy saddles familiar to movie viewers rodeo fans and those who have gone on tourist trail rides The Western saddle has no padding of its own and must be used with a saddle blanket or pad in order to provide a comfortable fit for the horse It also has sturdier stirrups and uses a cinch rather than a girth Its most distinctive feature is the horn on the front of the saddle originally used to dally a lariat when roping cattle Other nations such as Australia and Argentina have stock saddles that usually do not have a horn but have other features commonly seen in a western saddle including a deep seat high cantle and heavier leather The tree of a western saddle is the most critical component defining the size and shape of the finished product The tree determines both the width and length of the saddle as it sits on the back of the horse as well as the length of the seat for the rider width of the swells pommel height of cantle and usually shape of the horn Traditional trees were made of wood or wood laminate covered with rawhide and this style is still manufactured today though modern synthetic materials are also used Leather is stretched and molded around the tree with minimal padding between the tree and the exterior leather usually a bit of relatively thin padding on the seat and a sheepskin cover on the underside of the skirts to prevent chafing and rubbing on the horse Though a western saddle is often considerably heavier than an English saddle the tree is designed to spread out the weight of the rider and any equipment the rider may be carrying so that there are fewer pounds per square inch on the horse s back and when properly fitted few if any pressure points Thus the design in spite of its weight can be used for many hours with relatively little discomfort to a properly conditioned horse and rider Military Edit A McClellan cavalry saddle used by the United States Army in the late 1800s British Universal Pattern military saddles were used by the mounted forces from Australia Britain Canada New Zealand and South Africa 18 better source needed The Steel Arch Universal Pattern Mark I was issued in 1891 This was found to irritate riders and in 1893 it was discontinued in favour of the Mark II In 1898 the Mark III appeared which had the addition of a V shaped arrangement of strap billets on the sideboards for the attachment of the girth This girthing system could be moved forward or back to obtain an optimum fit on a wide range of horses From 1902 the Universal Military Saddle was manufactured with a fixed tree broad panels to spread the load and initially a front arch in three sizes The advantage of this saddle was its lightness ease of repair and comfort for horse and rider From 1912 the saddle was built on an adjustable tree and consequently only one size was needed Its advantage over the fixed tree 1902 pattern was its ability to maintain a better fit on the horse s back as the horse gained or lost weight This saddle was made using traditional methods and featured a seat blocked from sole leather which maintained its shape well 19 better source needed Military saddles were fitted with metal staples and dees to carry a sword spare horse shoes and other equipment In the US the McClellan saddle was introduced in the 1850s by George B McClellan for use by the United States Cavalry and the core design was used continuously with some improvements until the 1940s Today the McClellan saddle continues to be used by ceremonial mounted units in the U S Army The basic design that inspired McClellan saw use by military units in several other nations including Rhodesia and Mexico and even to a degree by the British in the Boer War Military saddles are still produced and are now used in exhibitions parades and other events Asian Edit A Central Asian saddle from Kashgar China Saddles in Asia date to the time of the Scythians and Cimmerians Modern Asian saddles can be divided into two groups those from Central Asia which have a prominent horn and leather covering and those from East Asia which have a high pommel and cantle Central Asian saddles are noted for their wide seats and high horns The saddle has a base of wood with a thin leather covering that frequently has a lacquer finish Central Asian saddles have no pad and must be ridden with a saddle blanket The horn comes in particular good use during the rough horseback sport of buskashi played throughout Central Asia which involves two teams of riders wrestling over a decapitated goat s carcass Saddles from East Asia differ from Central Asian saddles by their high pommel and cantle and lack of a horn East Asian saddles can be divided into several types that are associated with certain nationalities and ethnic groups Saddles used by the Han Chinese are noted by their use of inlay work for ornamentation Tibetan saddles typically employ iron covers inlaid with precious metals on the pommel and cantle and universally come with padding Mongolian saddles are similar to the Tibetan style except that they are typically smaller and the seat has a high ridge Saddles from ethnic minority groups in China s southwest such as in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces have colorful lacquer work over a leather covering Japanese Edit Main article Kura saddle Japanese saddle Japanese saddles are classified as Chinese style karagura or Japanese style yamatogura In the Nara period the Chinese style was adopted Gradually the Japanese changed the saddle to suit their needs and in the Heian period the saddle typically associated with the samurai class was developed These saddles known as kura were lacquered as protection from the weather Early samurai warfare was conducted primarily on horseback and the kura provided a rugged stable comfortable platform for shooting arrows but it was not well suited for speed or distance In the Edo period horses were no longer needed for warfare and Japanese saddles became quite elaborate and were decorated with mother of pearl inlays gold leaf and designs in colored lacquer 20 21 Other Edit A sidesaddle Sidesaddle designed originally as a woman s saddle that allowed a rider in a skirt to stay on and control a horse Sidesaddle riding is still seen today in horse shows fox hunting parades and other exhibitions Trick or stunt riding saddles are similar to western saddles and have a tall metal horn low front and back reinforced hand holds and extended double rigging for a wide back girth Endurance riding saddle a saddle designed to be comfortable to the horse with broad panels but lightweight design as well as comfortable for the rider over long hours of riding over challenging terrain Police saddle similar to an English saddle in general design but with a tree that provides greater security to the rider and distributes a rider s weight over a greater area so that the horse is comfortable with a rider on its back for long hours McClellan saddle a specific American cavalry model that entered service just before the Civil War with the United States Army It was designed with an English type tree but with a higher pommel and cantle Also the area upon which the rider sits was divided into two sections with a gap between the two panels Pack saddle similar to a cavalry saddle in the simplicity of its construction but intended solely for the support of heavy bags or other objects being carried by the horse Double seat saddles have two pairs of stirrups and two deep padded seats for use when double banking or riding double with a child behind an adult rider The western variety has one horn on the front of the saddle Treeless saddle available in both Western and English designs but not built upon a solid saddle tree intended to be flexible and comfortable on a variety of horses but also not always able to provide the weight support of a solid tree The use of an appropriate saddle pad is essential for treeless saddles A flexible saddle uses a traditional tree but the panels are not permanently attached to the finished saddle These saddles use flexible panels the part that sits along the horse s back that are moveable and adjustable to provide a custom fit for the horse and allow for changes of placement as the horse s body develops Bareback pad usually a simple pad in the shape of an English style saddle pad made of cordura nylon or leather padded with fleece wool or synthetic foam equipped with a girth It is used as an alternative to bareback riding to provide padding for both horse and rider and to help keep the rider s clothing a bit cleaner Depending on materials bareback pads offer a bit more grip to the rider s seat and legs However though some bareback pads come with handles and even stirrups without being attached to a saddle tree these appendages are unsafe and pads with them should be avoided In some cases the addition of stirrups without a supporting tree place pressure on the horse s spinous processes potentially causing damage Fitting EditMain articles English saddle and Western saddle Comparison of the undersides of a western saddle back and an English saddle front A saddle regardless of type must fit both horse and rider Saddle fitting is an art and in ideal circumstances is performed by a professional saddlemaker or saddle fitter Custom made saddles designed for an individual horse and rider will fit the best but are also the most expensive However many manufactured saddles provide a decent fit if properly selected and some minor adjustments can be made Horse Edit The debate about the definition of a fitting saddle is still controversial however there is a general rule for fitting that no damage should occur to the horse s skin and no injury should be presented to any muscular or neural tissues beneath the saddle 22 Width of the saddle is the primary means by which a saddle is measured and fitted to a horse though length of tree and proper balance must also be considered The gullet of a saddle must clear the withers of the horse but yet must not be so narrow as to pinch the horse s back The tree must be positioned so that the tree points English or bars Western do not interfere with the movement of the horse s shoulder The seat of the saddle must be positioned so that the rider when riding correctly is placed over the horse s center of balance The bars of the saddle must not be so long that they place pressure beyond the last rib of the horse A too short tree alone does not usually create a problem as shorter trees are most often on saddles made for children though a short tree with an unbalanced adult rider may create abnormal pressure points While a horse s back can be measured for size and shape the saddle must be tried on the individual animal to assure proper fit Saddle blankets or pads can provide assistance to correct minor fit problems but no amount of padding can compensate for a poor fitting saddle The common problems associated with saddle fitting problems are bridging ill fitting headplates and incorrect stuffing of the panels 22 One saddle simply cannot fit all animals Nor will a saddle fit even the same horse forever without adjustments As a horse advances in conditioning age and training the back muscles and even the underlying skeletal structures change to some degree Thus particularly with English saddles a saddle fitter needs to make periodic adjustments Western saddles are more difficult to adjust though use of shims and padding can compensate for some changes A lower pressure per square inch of surface area is a bit more forgiving In some cases a horse will physically develop to a degree that a different saddle may have to be purchased Rider Edit Method of fitting riders varies tremendously between designs Length of the seat is the most common method by which saddles are fitted though the length and placement of the flaps or fenders of the saddle also influence a person s leg position and thus the way an individual sits While a too long or too short seat will cause considerable discomfort and even interfere with the security of the rider on the horse width is also a factor Any well fitting saddle should be wide enough to support the rider s seat bones without being so wide as to cause discomfort While saddles are not usually marketed by seat width designs do vary and the only way a rider can determine the proper fit of a saddle is to sit on one Balance is also a critical factor A properly balanced saddle places the rider over the horse s center of balance for the equestrian discipline involved A poor fitting saddle often leaves a rider feeling that they are sliding backwards and constantly attempting to move uphill Less often a poor fitting saddle shifts the rider too far forward and creates a sensation of being pushed onto the horse s neck Stirrup fit varies greatly between disciplines from the very short stirrup of the horse racing jockey to the long stirrup of the dressage or reining competitor However in all cases the stirrup leather must be properly placed so that the rider remains in balance over the saddle and is not thrown ahead or behind the motion of the horse when putting weight in the stirrups Care EditAll saddles need to be kept clean and dry They need to be stored under cover away from weather and dust Ideally they should be stored in an area where they are kept at a slightly cool but consistent temperature though the practical need to keep saddles near horses may make temperature controlled storage difficult Saddles also need to be kept away from a direct heat source such as a furnace duct or heater as excess heat especially driven by a fan will dry out the leather For the same reason if leather gets wet it must be allowed to dry naturally away from a direct heat source A properly cared for saddle can last for many decades even with regular use Cleaning is an important part of caring for tack Tack that is not cleaned will start to build up sweat and dirt which will cause uncomfortable rubbing on the horse Sweat and dirt also tend to cause cracking in leather which may result in breaking This not only decreases the value of the saddle but can be very dangerous if critical equipment such as a stirrup leather breaks mid ride Proper care and conditioning of the saddle will not only increase its useful life but will also help to retain its value A saddle should be cleaned regularly if it used for work It is usually easiest to clean a saddle when placed on a moveable saddle rack Ideally a rider should quickly wipe down the saddle after every ride with a slightly damp but not wet sponge or cloth in order to remove any dirt and sweat Once a week or after every 5 7 rides a more thorough cleaning should be performed Saddles are cleaned using saddle soap followed by a conditioning moisturizing product that will restore the natural oils back into the leather Saddle soap is used with only a minimal amount of water and suds or lather kept low as getting the leather too wet may lead to a number of problems In a dry climate wet leather may dehydrate and crack particularly if subjected to repeated wet dry stresses In a humid climate excess water for cleaning creates an environment for rot and mold Once a saddle is clean a conditioner is used to restore moisture removed by the cleaning process While glycerine based saddle soaps have conditioning properties it is usually important to remove most soap residue before conditioning to prevent product buildup on the leather Saddles kept in storage also benefit from occasional conditioning to restore natural oils While conditioning a saddle is an important element of saddle care and critical in dry climates over oiling may rot jute or other natural fiber stitching particularly in humid climates Neatsfoot oil is one traditional conditioner and products containing beeswax are popular in some areas but there are also many other commercial blends of conditioning products available Oil products tend to darken leather from its natural color Sometimes this is desirable and sometimes not depending on the desired shade of the leather Strap parts of the saddle such as the stirrup leathers billets on an English saddle and latigo on a western saddle also need conditioning but it varies by climate In a dry climate failure to oil straps may result in cracking and weakening of the leather and they can snap or break In a more humid climate too much oil may weaken the leather Properly conditioned leather is neither brittle nor floppy in texture and flexibility Saddles made of synthetic materials can be cleaned using water and a mild cleaner and do not require conditioning They will tolerate being washed with water without risk of drying out or damaging the material While synthetics to date will not last as long as a well cared for leather saddle they withstand lack of cleaning and care as well as exposure to rain and dampness quite well Before a horse show or other competition the rider should take extra care to clean the saddle and polish all metal parts including the D rings stirrups stirrup bars and nailheads on an English saddle and the buckles dees and ornamental silver on a Western saddle See also EditBridle Domestication of the horse Equestrianism Horse tack Horses in warfare Howdah StirrupVehicular Edit Bicycle saddle Motorcycle and moped saddleCitations Edit The Earth and Its Peoples A Global History volume 1 Authors Richard W Bulliet Pamela Kyle Crossley Daniel R Headrick Steven W Hirsch Lyman L Johnson Publisher Cengage Learning 2010 Archived 2014 01 02 at the Wayback Machine ISBN 1439084742 9781439084748 P 220 The 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