Military style saddles have been in existence for millennia, with some of the earliest known versions from around the fifth century BC. Despite the differences and countless centuries of adaptation, a few core tenets remained crucial to this style of saddle: a high (and wide) pommel and high cantle, providing support and stability for warriors using several weapons in battle conditions. Typically, this seat was not so narrow that it inhibited the rider in being able to turn freely or to lean forward and backward in the saddle, as this was very important for effective use of various weapons from horseback. A few of these through the ages are depicted below: the Roman four-horn saddle (first century BC), Sassanid (third-seventh centuries AD), Tatar, a thirteenth-century Mongol saddle, a seventeenth-century Ottoman, and a modern Mongolian saddle.
Originally designed, tested, and used in competition by 2014 World Champion Cozmei Mihai, this replica of a military style saddle was made to attach to an English saddle. It essentially transforms an English saddle into a military saddle. This tack accessory is very light and flexible, and thus easily fits in large and small luggage alike. It is ideal for those who prefer or wish to ride in a military style saddle (as described above), but are constantly traveling to competitions or clinics and cannot or do not wish to take a full saddle with them.
Watch this video to learn how to attach and ride in the saddle, as well as receive expert advice from master horse archery instructor and original inventor of this attachment, Cozmei Mihai. (For best experience, select to watch the video in HD.)
The military saddle attachment is designed with several straps to fit on any standard English saddle. Front straps tie to the English saddle’s front rings, a central strap runs from the front under the saddle and buckles at the rear, a wide cross strap passes under the panel, the strap running over the cantle buckles at the rear, stirrup leathers pass through holes on either side, and rear ties are in place for saddles with rings on sides of the cantle. It has several points of adjustability (pommel and thigh braces, cantle and cantle strap, central strap), as can be seen in the photos below, to fit a variety of saddle sizes.
While adjustable, for best fit it will be useful for the customer to enter a straight measurement from 3in/7.5cm below the navel to the tailbone, taken as if the ruler were projecting through the body, NOT around it. (This measurement is submitted on the Cart page, after clicking ‘Add to Cart’.) The figure at right illustrates where to take this measurement.