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Birds and beasts in
the Americas

Man's saddle

Length: 56.000 cm
Width: 44.000 cm

AOA 1949.Am23.1

Man's saddle

From: the Canadian Plains
Date: 19th century AD

Horses were brought to the Americas by the Spanish in the 16th century. Plains Indians got their first horses from the Spanish in Arizona and New Mexico. This completely changed their lives. They could now travel for much longer distances, hunt buffalo more easily and move to new areas.

This man's saddle is made from animal skins filled with buffalo or dog hair to act as a cushion, and is decorated with flowers embroidered in glass beads. It is different from a woman's saddle, which was not padded and had a wooden front (pommel) and back (cantle).