In its original form the seat was covered with rawhide but was changed to leather in later incarnations. It featured a thick leather skirt and a leather covering for wooden stirrups.
What type of saddle did cavalry use?
In 1859, the U.S. War Department adopted the McClellan saddle. They remained the standard issue throughout the history of the horse cavalry. The saddle was simple and less expensive than most. It was light enough not to weigh down the horse, yet it was sturdy and gave good support to the rider and his gear.
How do you cinch a McClellan saddle?
(1) Cross left stirrup over saddle and loosen cinch strap and let down cinch. (2) Pass to right side and cross right stirrup, then cinch. (3) Pass to left side and cross cinch strap over saddle.
When were western saddles made?
The western saddle as we know it began development in the early 1800’s. However, the origins of today’s saddle go all the way back to before the dark ages and Moorish horsemen. In the fourth century a nomadic tribe called the Sarmations who migrated from Central Asia, are thought to have invented the first saddle.
Who made the first western saddle?
Henry Ford invented the first motorcar and the Spanish Vaquero invented the first western cowboy saddle. The first saddle had no saddle horn. The saddle horn was an innovation invented through necessity by the Spanish and Mexican vaqueros.
McClellan Saddles: Part 1 – Saddle Fit
McClellan Saddles Part 2: Soldier Complaints
The 1857 Mac Saddle vs. The 1859 Mac Saddle: The Differences