This was perhaps my favorite exhibit at the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy.
There's the Conquistador's war saddle from 1500,
the Spanish colonist stock saddle from 1600,
the Mexican vaquero saddle from 1700 through 1970,
the Santa Fe saddle from 1800,
the Early Texas saddle from 1850,
the late California saddle from 1870,
the Texas trail saddle also from 1870,
the swell fork saddle from 1892 to 1971,
the all around stock saddle form 1930 to 1971...
and finally the modern day working saddle, from 1971 and onward.
What a neat display this was! The only thing that would make it better would be if all the saddles were from leather by a skilled model horse tack artist who is not me. That would be absolutely amazing!