What's the original purpose for the horn on the western saddle.
Was it originally for placing the rope to carry and haul a cow back with and ended up being a convenient handle should one lose their balance or someone not so familiar with riding have something to hold onto.
Or was it the other way around. Something to hold onto and then happened to be convenient to hold stuff like a rope.
Or was it purely for decoration before all the above was figured out.
I'm just curious.
Does anyone know? Or have ideas?