HISTORY

The history of the saddle

[Keine Beschreibung eingegeben]Ca. 6000 years ago mankind began to tame the horse – and pretty soon it became clear that by using additional equipment staying on the back of the horse and direct the horse as desired was much easier to do. The oldest versions of saddles are those known to have been used by nomads living in Central Asia; however, they served less for riding than for transport purposes. The Romans used lamb furs that were attached with the help of straps tied around the animal`s middle, and it would take quite a number of years for the saddle to take on the robust  form it has today and adding in particular the stirrups granting the rider the essential support required in belligerent situations.
 

[Keine Beschreibung eingegeben]Although the basic principle of the saddle has remained unchanged until today, the diversity of types of saddles  is vast depending on the different disciplines horses are used for: A rider who focuses on training the horse has other demands on the saddle he uses than a rider who goes out for a ride on his horse.



The history of sadlle seats

[Keine Beschreibung eingegeben]For thousands of years man has been sitting on horseback.But the history of working in a sitting position happened in a totally isolated form, not taking the experiences of „the first long-term sitting persons of the world”, the horse riders, into consideration. Although famous people such as Goethe or the emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II. were aware of the advantages of the  „sitting box“ the saddle seat did not automatically receive the acclaim it deserved.


[Keine Beschreibung eingegeben]Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik was the person who got his inspiration from the naturally upright position a person takes when sitting on horseback and the shape of the saddle; he invented the saddle seat classic „Capisco“ in 1984. The idea caught on, and in the meantime a number of different seats based on the saddle seat principle have been created. There is still wide consensus in our modern society that work should be done in a sitting position. If things had taken a different direction - who knows what the cultural-historic value of sitting would be today?