oops! what I meant by Western horns
Posted by Carolyn B on May 05, 1998 at 18:28:20:
In response to Re: Construction , written by Anita/Sidesaddle on May 05, 1998 at 00:46:40
] I would be interested in more detail on the comment of the horn getting broken from roping cattle, because I thougt they wouldn't have been able to dally from the top horn - that would have been tremendously dangerous. I'll admit I haven't done any heavy duty research into the old west/sidesaddle riders lifestyle, but I didn't picture the women actually doing the roping of the cattle. I knew they did round up and cut cattle, but alas, I am in the dark any further than that
No, I was just referring to Western saddles for riding astride (presumably male riders) that have a roping horn. Sorry if that was unclear.
My understanding based on what John Staicer, the head of the Schroeder Saddle Tree Project, told me he had found in his research:
Early Western-style saddles had wooden horns (they might even incorporate a forked branch into the saddle tree), but these kept breaking off and they would have to repair them. So they started repairing them with metal parts and then just started making them with metal horns that were inserted into the wood trees during manufacture.
Hope that made sense.
Thanks for the info on sidesaddle construction. I haven't come across much on women riders in the 19th c. West except for photos of a few Native American and frontier women riding astride.
- Thanks for the clarification. I get so... Anita/Sidesaddle 02:31:16 5/08/98 (0)
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