Posted by Carolyn B on May 03, 1998 at 18:07:38:
In response to Why yes they were, and reversable too...msg, written by Anita/Sidesaddle on April 30, 1998 at 02:19:53
]A lady in Virginia had my mom build her a left handed sidesaddle, so it has been done recently as well. The trick was finding a treemaker who would build the tree (the frame on which the saddle is built) to her specs.
Would the horns on a 19th c. sidesaddle be wood or metal?
I understand the horn on a western working saddle was made with metal after the wooden ones kept breaking when used for heavy duty work like roping cattle,etc., but I suppose a lady doesn't weigh as much as a cow!
The link below is to a historic site in Indiana where I did an internship one summer in grad school. It was originally a family-run factory that used to manufacture wooden saddletrees, including those for sidesaddles. I can't remember if I ever saw any sidesaddle trees in the collection, but I know they were featured in the factory's sales catalog.
- Re: Construction Anita/Sidesaddle 00:46:40 5/05/98 (2)
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