A saddle tree can be one of two things – the frame around which a saddle is built, or a frame which sits on top of the saddle to support the girth straps. They are made of beech, because of its elastic properties, and the designs are adapted to meet local requirements. This is a ‘riding’ saddle tree. It is made of beech, covered with canvas, and has an iron strap across the bridge. It was made by W. E. Naylor of Driffield, East Yorkshire, circa 1945–6, and is part of a large collection of traditional craft products acquired from the British Council in 1960.

CollectionMuseum of English Rural Life, University of Reading
LocationDriffield [East Riding of Yorkshire]
Repository Pagehttps://www.europeana.eu/portal/record/2064107/Museu_Provide...
Web Pagehttp://www.reading.ac.uk/adlib/Details/collect/10076...
Subject TermsCRAFTS : leather-working, Saddlery, LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT : harnessing and shoeing, Horse