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 ‘London plain’ saddle tree. It is consists of two wooden side pads joined by a curved bridge with sides which create a groove. 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/item/2064107/Museu_ProvidedCHO_Muse...
Web Pagehttp://www.reading.ac.uk/adlib/Details/collect/10077...
Subject TermsGreater London [region], CRAFTS : leather-working, Saddlery, LIVESTOCK MANAGEMENT : harnessing and shoeing, Horse