Monday, June 1, 2009

Polo saddles

On to the good stuff--the saddles! As soon as I saw these two 1920's era polo saddles, I knew the Carriage Museum was going to provide me with a wealth of reference pictures.The official's saddle is a basic English type saddle with knee blocks on the flaps and bags to hold extra polo balls. This saddle's panels are made of fabric, not leather and it is fitted with a Balding girth.
Close up of the ball bags.
The scorekeeper's saddle is of an English/military type but it had a horn. This particular saddle also has wooden, Western style stirrups. I wouldn't bet on those being part of the original rigging. Although the museum curator was very well versed in the intricacies of the carriages and cars, I sensed he was less knowledgeable about the tack. It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn that these stirrups were added after the fact.
Like many saddles in the collection, this one was pretty narrow when viewed from the front. They must have had some pretty slab-sided critters back then!
Here's the sign that was displayed with the polo saddles.
I know there are a few other model tack makers who read this blog, and if you're one of them, you are more than welcome to copy these pictures or any others for your reference files. All I ask is that if you do make a saddle based on something I posted here, please let me know about it! I'd love to see pictures, too.


  1. Are these in the Carriage museum by the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs?

  2. Yes! Seth and I spent Friday night at the Broadmoor and found the Carriage Museum during our waunderings. What a wonderful little museum! I still have more wonderful pictures to upload.

  3. Please do upload! Colorado Hobbyists as a group went there and got a guided tour years ago with Michele Huskins and Myla Pearce and it was just amazing! Of course stupid me didn't take any pictures. Afterwards, we went to Michele's house and she showed us her studio and had a real harness to display for us.

  4. Oh, I vaguely remember that! I think it was shortly after I had James and the idea of trying to go anywhere by myself, even just for one afternoon, seemed completely impossible. It's so much easier now!

  5. Very cool! Thanks for the photo tour.