Post by quatermaster on Jan 22, 2011 18:48:57 GMT -5
I have a 1904 McCellan saddle that I'm making over into a 1859 Cav saddle about the only leather that is on it are the skirts and quater straps, grith straps, striuup fenders and striuup leathers. Now the person that is making it over for me is a Amish saddle maker and they still do it like they used to back in 1860 the tree is a orginal 1904 which is a narrow tree. Which means that it has to be used either on a throughbred or a standred breed horse it will not fit a mordern breed horse as it is too narow I do have a throughbreed that it fits just fine. This horse has been saddled with a McCellan made by Shawn out of Texas and he kept getting saddle sores from it as it was too big for him since I got this saddle he holds his head up just as thou he knows that this saddle fits him very well he also has not gotten a single saddle sore from this saddle. Now Sawn makes very good saddles and we have 2 of them in our unit. We also have one in our unit that has been made by Snelling out of Mo. but that is also made on the new quaterhorse tree. the only thing I have from Carrico Leather works is a pistol Holster which is stamped from the St Loius Arsenal which is where our unit was outfitted from as we protray the 2nd Iowa Vol Cav my saber belt and other accesserys are from verious diffrent sutlers but from what I have sen and talked with the get most of there stuff from many of the same supplyers.
I realize this is a very old thread, but if anyone is still interested I have found that even though the leather is incorrectly died carrico mac's are durable and very comfortable to ride in. I also noticed that they have a higher pommel and cantle then other reproductions.