The Cowboy Saddle:
Cowboys spent all day on horseback and needed comfortable saddles to fit their everyday needs.
The western stock saddle was an integration of the Mexican saddle with American innovations.
Heavy, durable, and has a high horn to hold the rope.
Max comfort for rider and horse.
Originated in 1830s in Texas.
Not as deep seated as the stock saddle.
Lighter weight and easier to put on horse.
The California Saddle:
Evolved from Spanish and Mexican “vaquero” gear.
1860s in California the craftsman influenced manufacturers all through the US.
Most successful California saddlery.
Much more decorative than the Cowboy Saddle.