Red and Black Reining Saddle

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This incredibly decorative saddle is crafted in a traditional western fashion. However, it is highly unlikely it was used for cattle roping or in cattle drives, instead it was probably meant for horse reining, or some other form of horseback sport requiring a western styled saddle. Most of the saddle’s body is black leather, which has been heavily adorned with small rounded steel studs. These studs stretch all along the back housing, swell, cantle, and saddle fenders. The seat of the saddle stands out drastically from the rest of the body, being made of a brilliantly deep red leather in place of black. A pattern is stitched into the seat, which also appears to be cushioned, rather than a simple piece of leather stretched over the wooden tree frame. The frame extends in front of the seat into the horn, which is covered in brass studs in a round pattern, distinguishing the horn’s decor from the rest of the stud work. Along each side of the seat, a western floral pattern has been engraved into the leather by hand tooling. There is no breast collar on this saddle. The stirrups feature a studded toe guard, with a bar hanging 30 inches below the seat. The saddle measures 28 inches long, and 20 inches wide.

Reining is a western horseback riding competition, wherein a rider guides his horse during a complicated set of maneuvers including spins, circles, and galloping stops. The sport is judged not only on the horse’s ability to complete the pattern of movements, but also on the horse’s willingness to comply with their rider. A horse that bucks, bumps its rear in irritation, shows aggression towards the rider, or displays any sort of poor attitude, will be judged poorly. Horse Reining finds its origin as a sport in the South-Western United States, as well as in Mexico. A cattle driver needed to be able to ride a horse with utmost assuredness in the steed’s obedience and training, so they could be able to focus their attention on steering the cattle. It was not uncommon for cowboys and vaqueros to gather and demonstrate this ability on horseback to one another. This practice eventually evolved into the sport known as Reining.

Item #: 0268