I bought this saddle yesterday at an antique store. I am planning on getting it restored and eventually riding it (maybe). It needs some work, lot's of cleaning, the leather on the bottom is trashed and the off side rigging system is torn to pieces. The store owner didn't know much about it, and guessed it to be early 1900's, but apon looking at saddles from that era, I believe it may be older then that. And I paided $50 for it.
I tried doing research online and can't find out much since there isn't much information about these saddles unfortunately. I noticed though, that this saddle looks to have a completely different style and design to it, compared to other antique side saddles. It also has only two pomels where as all the ones I've seen online have three. On the off side it has a strange hook, that I am guessing it was used to hang stuff off of?
So basicly, if anyone knowes an info about this saddle or knowes of someone I can contact Let me Know! I really want to know as much as I can about this type of saddle. Oh, and I couldn't find a brand on it anywhere either which doesn't help >.<
Oh and this is a dumb question but for USDF type dressage showes, can you ride aside for your test? Or do you always have to ride astride? As you can see, I know NOTHING about side saddle, but when looking online I do know that in the UK they do allow dressage to be ridden aside (I think!)