The next large order on my work list is Marianna's Portuguese set, so I was absolutely delighted to spend some time with a real Portuguese saddle last weekend.
This is not the first time I've had the opportunity to take pictures of this particular saddle. Last time I spent a lot of time the parts that you don't usually see--the panels, under the flaps, etc. This time I was more interested in the decorative details.
I was particularly fascinated by the pommel so I took lots of pictures of it...
from every conceivable angle!
Moving on to the cantle--here's the backview.
Cantle rings. If I recall correctly, the stirrups are attached to these while the horse is worked in hand.
Detail of the crupper ring.
Decorative stitching on the corners of the flaps.
Many thanks to Regan for arranging to have this saddle brought to the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo. If you would like to see some more pictures of it, be sure to check out this post.