United States Military Saddles, 1812-1943 by Randy Steffen

By Randy Steffen

A wide a part of American background was once written from the seat of an army saddle. whereas the us military used horse-mounted scuffling with males from the very starting, it was once within the 19th century - from the last decade earlier than the Mexican warfare throughout the Indian wars - that the rushing cavalry devices captured the yankee imagination.The horse solders remained a part of the military till 1943, whilst the army switched over them to mechanized forces. on the other hand, West element didn't tear down its stables and abandon its riding-proficiency requirement until eventually 1947. The lengthy retention of the cavalry was once because of affection for the reminiscence of the wonderful function of the cavalry in American army history. 

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8 Model 1833 dragoon saddle 18 Fig. 9 Sergeant, Regiment of Dragoons, with Model 1833 equipment, ca. 1837 20 Fig. 10 Private, Regiment of Dragoons, with 1833 equipments, ca. 1837 21 Page xiv Fig. 11 Corporal, Regiment of Dragoons, with 1833 equipments, ca. 1834 23 Fig. 12 Lieutenant, regimental staff, Regiment of Dragoons, with 1833 dragoon saddle, ca. 1834 25 Fig. 13 Model 1841 dragoon saddle 27 Fig. 14 Private, Second Regiment of Dragoons, with Model 1841 equipments, ca. 1842 29 Fig. 15 Sergeant, Second Regiment of Dragoons, with 1841 equipments, ca.

1834 25 Fig. 13 Model 1841 dragoon saddle 27 Fig. 14 Private, Second Regiment of Dragoons, with Model 1841 equipments, ca. 1842 29 Fig. 15 Sergeant, Second Regiment of Dragoons, with 1841 equipments, ca. 1842 30 Fig. 16 Ringgold dragoon saddle, 1844 35 Fig. 17 Private, Second Dragoons, with Ringgold equipments, ca. 1846 39 Fig. 18 Private, Second Dragoons, with Ringgold equipments, ca. 1846 40 Fig. 19 Grimsley dragoon saddle, 1847 42 Fig. 20 Corporal, Regiment of Mounted Rifles, with Grimsley dragoon saddle, ca.

3. Durability, strength, and a view to proper economy. 4. Fitness for campaign and war. 5. As much as possible the ease and comfort consistent with a correct military seat. It is confidently believed that the saddle I have the honor to offer for inspection fulfills these conditions. The cantle is no higher than necessary to sling a valise clear of the loins. The pommel is no higher than to raise the arch over the withers and carry the holster and cloak free of pressure. Figures 17 and 18 show the saddle with full pack for field service.

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