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saddle click to hear : saddle

Somewhat curved unit that is made mostly of leather; it is set on the horse’s back for the rider to sit on.
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See saddle in : french | spanish
eye tab tread branch stirrup leather flap panel cantle pommel tree seat skirt knee roll girth girth strap

eye click to hear : eye

Slot in the top part of the stirrup iron through which the stirrup leather passes.

tab click to hear : tab

Belt with small holes that is attached to the knee roll; the girth strap is buckled to it.

tread click to hear : tread

Lower part of the stirrup iron where the rider’s foot is placed.

branch click to hear : branch

One of two metal arms that connect the tread to the eye.

stirrup leather click to hear : stirrup leather

Adjustable strap that hangs from the saddle to support the stirrup iron.

flap click to hear : flap

Piece of leather that covers the knee roll and the tabs; the rider’s thighs press against it.

panel click to hear : panel

Padding for the saddle that is designed to dampen impact and protect the horse’s back.

cantle click to hear : cantle

Back part of the saddle that is rounded slightly upward to support the lower back.

pommel click to hear : pommel

Front part of the saddle that is slightly rounded; the rider can hold onto it with the hand.

tree click to hear : tree

Curved part under the pommel that is traditionally made of wood; it forms the front part of the saddle’s framework.

seat click to hear : seat

Slightly concave part of the saddle on which the rider sits.

skirt click to hear : skirt

Piece of leather that is attached to the flap; it covers the stirrup leather buckles.

knee roll click to hear : knee roll

Piece of leather that forms the side of the saddle; it mainly protects the horse from the girth strap buckles.

girth click to hear : girth

Strap around the horse’s belly that keeps the saddle on its back.

girth strap click to hear : girth strap

Small belt that is attached to the end of the girth; it has a buckle for attaching it to the tab to tighten it.