With that decided, my next goal was to find more pictures of similar type saddles. Google searches for "English Endurance Saddles" yielded some pretty interesting results. I'm including some of my favorite finds here.None of these were exactly what I was looking for, but they did give me ideas for future projects.Can you imagine the looks you might get at your next live show with a model sized version of this Courbette saddle?
I am intrigued by the spareness of its design!
And this one is even stranger! I am having trouble seeing how it could possibly lie flat on a horse's back.
My patience was finally rewarded with this next photo. This saddle is of the same style as that in the book. Unfortunately, its quality is significantly poorer. I try not to use reference pictures of low end tack when I work because I do not want my saddles to look like cheap knock offs.I'll bend my rules, however, when the cheap tack comes with good detail shots like this.At last, the picture I was looking for all along! This looks just like the saddle in the book.
I now have enough reference photos to start designing my pattern. Keep an eye out for progress pictures!