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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 …

History, Horse Equipment

Steffen’s Dragoon

In recent times, one of the most mysterious of the U.S. military saddles was the one selected in 1833, obtained for the 1st Regiment of Dragoons.  Despite clear descriptions of the saddle in both frontier explorers’ accounts and in actual government purchasing contracts, the lack of actual specimens and rampant speculation has muddied the waters …