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Saddle

Saddle. The Kyrgyz people say that: “You may not have a horse, but you must have a saddle”. You can ask a neighbour for a horse in time of need – he will give it, it is a commonplace. On the other hand, even if he gives you his saddle, it will be against his will.  This is because, for nomads it cost more than a horse. Even nowadays a good saddle costs the equivalent of two horses and can serve for a hundred and fifty years.

 

Saddles have been used for riding since beginning of 1 thousand years B.C. (basically as “soft saddles” – or horsecloths). Initially they were fastened on the horse by means of tail and breast straps, later they also used one around the girth. Hard saddles appeared only in the early Middle Ages.

 




 Saddle