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PostSubject: Fantasy Saddle   September 29th 2016, 10:28 am

Since the 70's I have wanted a saddle like this. My friend and saddle maker David Snellen made it for me as a gift. David is suffering from what the doctors have said is a terminal lung condition. Please lift David up before the throne of grace in prayer. This is he believes, his last saddle..........I am praying he will build many more and live to see his children grown and with families of their own.

I desired a "multi-era" saddle that I could also use as a everyday saddle. What we tried to create was one typical of Thorton Grimsley "Mexican" saddles he built in St Louis for the fur trade as well as the 1rst Regt. of Dragoons in 1833. I had David build it with a "mochilla" or the leather cover as was typical of commonly called "Sante Fe" saddles. I had one built by another company back in the mid-80's that I lost along with the dozen other saddles I owned, some period and some regular stock saddles and Aussie saddles......along with a half dozen pack saddles. Including my 1846 Grimsley I had, this is the finest one I have owned. David did an excellent job considering especially he is only able to work minutes at a time and on oxygen.
Here's a pic of the saddle with mochilla.

"Skeleton rigged"

Saddle Bags

Breast Collar

Headstall

Cinch and surcingle

Brass concho and stamp detail

Hooded stirrups or "tapadaros" were not common on American made saddles and much more likely to be found on Mexican or Californio saddles in the 20's and 30's...however I have spent too many miles in a saddle personally and know of too many accidents where a rider was drug after being thrown...........so in my fantasy, I own them...especially at my age and my previous injuries! Very Happy


Also included was halter, lead strap, reins and crupper all in a size to fit a large framed mule!

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 29th 2016, 1:03 pm

Beautiful work!! Laughing affraid

Now...show me the 'hair' you're gonna put it on!!
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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 29th 2016, 1:39 pm

I don't know anything about saddles or leather works but that saddle is really nice. Craftsmanship at his best.

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 29th 2016, 1:47 pm

First the saddle then the grey dapple mule.............waiting to find the right one at the right time.
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I'm trying to find another one with a nature like this one....Roany is a hard act to follow!

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 29th 2016, 7:13 pm

Give me a mule.....any day in the mountains!!
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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 29th 2016, 7:25 pm

Give me a mule....period! Still like horses, but anything I can do on a horse I can do on a mule.....and as you said, in the mountains twice as fast and more sure footed..........plus at my old age, I like the smooth ride of a Cadillac! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 2:49 am

That is a really nice saddle.  

Our local  saddle maker was Mr. Council.  Unfortunately he passed away about two years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 9:10 am

Thank you. .....I feel very blessed to have it.

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 9:14 am

My old mule. He died a few years ago. His name was Fred. A hell of a mule.


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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 9:16 am

Good looking animal
Herford saddle?

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 9:19 am

I love mules. Wish I could afford another one.

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 9:20 am

Doesn't anyone have a mule named Ruth?

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 9:22 am

Festus does.

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 9:49 am

Yes, that's why I thought it would be a popular name for mules.

Supposedly, George Washington was the first mule breeder in America.

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[size=32]American Mammoth Jackstock
[/size] by Leah Patton of The American Donkey and Mule Society
(Reprinted with permission from “The Saddle Mule News”)
 
George Washington – Father of our Country – but father of the American Mule as well? Yes, George Washington is often given credit as the first mule breeder in the Americas, although a few sources will cite otherwise. It is a fact that General George was given two fine Spanish Jacks, one dubbed “Royal Gift”. This animal, so eagerly awaited for the production of mules, had not, apparently, been trained to serve mares. Modern breeders with jennet jacks or mule jacks will understand quite well that Royal Gift’s mares were covered the first year by an Arabian horse stallion who was more than willing to take his place.
The following season, Royal Gift was helped to his duty with the use of a few jennets, and the American Mule was on its way. This jack was much in demand, and eventually toured the southern states, siring mule foals all the way. But of course, one jack could not sire all the mules in the country, and no one breed of donkey is used today in the production of mules. Today’s Mammoth Jackstock is a blend of a number of different breeds, some with strikingly different characteristics.

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 10:30 am

I did quite a bit of research to find if there were any mules in Anglo America prior to 1780's. I found one reference........so whether it got there through trade with the Spanish or some other unknown breeder......in any case Washington took it to a whole new level, breeding high valued stock to Catalonia Mammoth Jack given by Prince Phillip (if I recall properly). Interestingly though, mules were almost non  existent in the U.S. within a few years after WWII du to the mass produced and easily obtained tractors......a Deere almost made the mule a thing of the past. MY grandfather bred for them during the late 30's early 40's by digging a trench and driving the mare in so a standard burro type jack could reach her. Mules are so popular today that the kind of mule I am wanting would cost $5-$10 thousand. Harrison Ford once offered to buy Roanie for "an obscene amount of money".My friend who was taking care of him in Jackson Hole for the winter, declined the offer knowing I wouldn't want to part with him. Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Fantasy Saddle   September 30th 2016, 3:24 pm

I found it interesting that William Clark traded for a mule from the Salish in northern Idaho.....a long ways from Spanish California and northern New Spain (Mexico).........I don't remember exactly but must have been 1804 or 05.

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