Pad Saddle: This type of saddle would have been used more by men than women. They were designed to be comfortable for both man and horse. They were also designed to give riders a larger range of motion then other saddles, which was useful in battle.
|Northern Plains 1866 Sioux 990|
|glass beads 689 cotton thread 354 sinew 620 Cotton cloth 154 hair stuffing 2 tanned hide 570 cotton twine 51 commercially tanned hide 7|
|pad saddle 11|
|L: 21.25 in, width: 29 in, H: 2.25 in|
|Gift of Mrs. F.W. Watrous. The Colonel John F. Guilfoyle, U.S. Cavalry West Point 1877, Collection of American Indian Material.|
|Transportation: Land Transportation. Leather with two metal loops for cinch strap. Edges bound with red cloth which has deteriorated, floral head decoration on each corner in pink, yellow, blue, green and red on white ground; design for one end and a different one for the other. Flaps hang off each corner, bead floral decoration on canvas backing in blue, green, pink, red and yellow on white ground. Flaps have blue wool cloth edging with white beads; one blue piece has been added recently, fringe on each flap is white, green; brown transparent beads with red yarn ends.|