Sorry. I just saw your post. I came back to visit. I didn't see the email. Thanks for your insight. Your argument that a big guy who's spent his life wielding axe and sword, chopping wood and pitching hay might be able to lift a 100-110 pound woman on to his saddle just for a kiss is compelling. It certainly makes the revision process easier for me. Although there is no pommel, I'm know from my research that the saddles were in most cases wooden. This might be an "ouch" scenario. LOL I'm going to delve deeper into this.
Thanks for your examples. Your weather comments ring true as well.