Month: January 2018


Thornton Grimsley – a brief biography

Thornton Grimsley was born on the 20th of August 1798 in Bourbon County, Kentucky where his father had recently immigrated to with his large family. Both his parents died before 1807, leaving a helpless family of eight children. After a short time he was apprenticed in 1808 to the saddlery business of John Jacoby, in …

History, Horse Equipment

The French Hussar Influence

This is a rather simple descriptive post – many years ago, I was given an image of a plate showing the basic French hussar saddle, of similar vintage to the formation of the American dragoon regiments, and the Ringgold saddle This first plate is the illustration used in the 1826 cavalry tactics manual that was …