Friday, August 12, 2011

Native American saddles & saddle blankets

As promised, here are some more photos from the Native American saddlery collection at the Denver Art Museum.
This woman's saddle was created by a Cheyenne artist in the 1880's. 
It was made from wood and leather and is decorated with paint and brass tacks. 
This pad saddle is Plains Cree in origin and dates back to the 1850's.
Materials for this one include leather, porcupine quills, buffalo hair, horse hair, glass beads and metal. 
What is most striking to me is how small this pad saddle is.    The scale isn't obvious here, but it's quite tiny.
Close up of the stirrups and stirrup leathers.
Onto to the saddle blankets!  This 1890 Sioux blanket is made from leather and canvas and is decorated with glass beads.
This one is also Sioux.  It is ten years older and is constructed from leather, cotton and porcupine quills. 
The Cheyenne blanket is older still, having been built in the 1840's.  Its material list includes buffalo hide, glass beads, wool and sinew.
Last but not least is this "saddle cover."
This was made by a Sioux artist in the late 1800's using leather, glass beads and silk. 
Wonderful beadwork!
I hope you've enjoyed this look at the Native American horse regalia collection at the Denver Art Museum.  The new exhibit is wonderful and I can't recommend it enough to anyone interested in this kind of saddlery.


  1. Very interesting photos and information. Thank you for posting the great close ups of these saddles and pads - they are beautiful!

  2. very nice. do you know if somebody, somewhere in the world, could issue the same pads but with modern materials ? thank you. best regards

  3. thank you, the pad saddle with wooden stirrups are my favorite!