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Патент USA US2116585

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May 10, 1938.
2,1 16,585
Filed NOV. 23, 1936
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Patented May 10, 1938 y
Charles D. Smith, Roswell, N. Mex.
Application November 23, 1936, Serial No. 112,314
5 Claims.
This invention relates to saddles and it has par
ticular reference to riding stock saddles.
The principal object of the invention is to im
prove upon the present type of riding saddles by
5 the incorporation of certain novel changes and
variations of the basic structure to insure com
fort both to the rider and the mount. These
variations include a provision against bulging
under the saddle skirt which frequently causes
10 galling and ring sores on the animal; to provide
greater comfort to the rider by allowing freer
(Cl. 54-44)
necting strap 8, the latter being shown frag
mentally in Figure 5. At this point, attention is
and more extensive movement of the stirrup
leathers, to eliminate the usual groove for the
stirrup leather, and for the craftsman, to reduce
15 the labor required in the construction of a
With the foregoing objects as paramount, this
invention has particular reference to its salient
features of construction and arrangement of
2O parts, to become manifest as the description pro
ceeds taken in connection with the accompany
ing drawing, wherein:
Figure 1 is an elevation of a riding stock saddle
constructed according to the present invention.
Figure 2 is a sectional view in lines 2--2 on
Figure 5.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of the ring which
serves the combined function `of providing a se
curing means for the tree strap and Wear leather
30 and is suspended by the front and rear rigging.
Figure 4 is a detailed view partly in section of
the hangings for the stirrup leather, and
Figure 5 is a perspective view partly in section,
with portions broken away to illustrate position
~ of the ring shown in Figure 3 with its associated
Continuing with a more detailed description of
the drawing, I designates a saddle tree of the
usual construction, 2 the horn and 3 the cantle.
40 The tree is suitably treated and is covered by
the skirt 4, shown in dotted lines in Figure 1, and
iragmentally in Figure 5.
The saddle illustrated is of the double rigging
type but it will be understood that the most im
45 portant element of the invention may be as eñ‘i
ciently applied to a saddle of the single rigging
type. In Figure 1, the front rigging 5 is prefer
ably composed of a piece of leather secured to
the front of the tree I in any suitable manner tol
50 provide a loop at its lower end. A D-ring is sus
pended in this loop and is constructed in the pe
culiar manner shown in Figure 3 and to which
reference will be made later. Suspended from
the curve of the D-ring is a tie-strap 'I and to the
55 inner side thereof is secured one end of the con
directed to the fact that the end of the connect
ing strap ß referred to above is of greater width
than its opposite end. The purpose of this ar
rangement is important and will be again referred
to presently. The method of securing the con
necting strap to the D-ring B consists in provid
ing a tab 9 which surrounds the ring at the con
necting point and is doubled back under the end
of the connecting strap 8 and is riveted thereto
at a.
It will be observed that the widened end of the
connecting strap 8 is made so by a gradual up
ward curve at b, terminating in a substantially
vertical plane, the latter abutting one edge of
the rigging 5.
The opposite end of the connect
ing strap 3 is relatively narrow and embraces the
companion D-ring Ill which is identical in con
struction with that of ring 6 except that it is 20
required to be reversed. The end of the con
necting strap 8 is riveted at c.
Immediately below the connecting strap 8 is a
strip of wear leather II of special construction
inasmuch as its ends I2 are shaped to be en
gaged by rings 6 and ID only, recesses d, e and
f being provided to prevent engagement of the
leather with the various elements connecting
with the rings, such as the rigging 5, tie-straps
“I and connecting strap 8. The ring Ill is likewise 30
suspended by the rear rigging I3 which is of
slightly different construction than the front rig
ging 5. Otherwise the relationship of thering
I0 with the other elements of the assembly are
The provisions made for suspending or fasten
ing the stirrup leathers I4 are shown in Figures
1 and 4 and consist of either a metal or leather
strip I5 affixed to the saddle tree I so that the
tie will have a looped end terminating imme
diately below the side of the tree I. At the
looped end of the strip I5 is an insert I6 of leather
or metal which is a segment of a circle, the lower
portion of the insert being rounded along its
major axis. The loop of the strip I5 extends
under the insert I6 while a D-ring I1 passes over
the curvature of the insert. It is obvious there
fore that the ring I1 may move freely in an arc,
as shown in dotted line in Figure 1 and may like 50
wise move in a similar manner in a plane at right
angles to its movements as above explained. A
bolt or pin I8 is passed through the lower por
tion of the ring I'I and is embraced by a ferrule
or sleeve I9. `This sleeve assumes the frictional 55
wear that would otherwise be upon the stirrup
leather I4 which surrounds the sleeve.
The particular construction described as re
gards the stirrup leather mountings is such that
free movement of the legs of the rider may be
had both forward and rearward as well as out
ward and this Without undue frictional contact
of the rider’s legs against the saddle, stirrup
leather, and fender.
Referring again to the rigging rings 6 and l0,
reference made to Figures 3 and 5 in which the
rings are shown as being constructed of a ilat or
round piece of metal having raised portions-g
and h. To the raised portion g is affixed the
15 rigging 5 and I3 and to the raised portion h is
connected the tie-straps 1.
The raised portion
g likewise serves to provide a connection for strap
8. The purpose of this arrangement is obvious
since otherwise, a double thickness of material
20 would result and would bear upon the skirt fi and
cause a bulge which» would bear against the side
of the mount, and continual movement of the
saddle would result in a chafed condition or sores.
leather underlying said rings and having cut
away portions to denne recesses for the reception 15
of said tie straps and connecting strap to raise
the same above the outer surface of said skirt.
3. In a saddle, a tree having a depending skirt,
front and rear rigging straps secured to said tree
and carrying rings, each of said rings having tie 20
straps secured thereto, a connecting strap having
a narrow and a wide end and connected to said
rings to bring said wide end flush against one
stricted, maximum movement forward, rearward
As the stirrup leather I4 is swung to and fro,
any elevation above the common plane of the
elements in the assembly would form an abut
ment and prevent the free and unrestricted move
ment thereof, hence the improvement in the con
such free movement of the stirrup leather.
It is apparent from the foregoing that a saddle
construction is provided which will add to the
comfort of the rider as Well as his mount and
‘ that there is comparatively little wear resulting
from relative movement of parts.
Manifestly, the construction as shown and de
scribed is capable of some modification and such
modification as may be construed within the
scope and meaning of the appended claims is also
considered to be within the spirit and intent of
the invention.
What is claimed is:
1. In a riding stock saddle, a tree yhaving a
' skirt, a rigging comprising spaced D-rings and
connecting strap, one end of which extends above
the D-rings, tie-straps connected to each of said
D-rings, a stirrup strap suspended from a point
55 above the said rings and capable of forward, rear
ward and outward movement relative to its point
of secur‘ement and a continuous strip of Wear
leather underlying said D-rings and stirrup
rings, a connecting strap secured to each of said 10
rings, one end of which is greater in width than
the other and shaped to lie ilush against the for
ward rigging strap and a continuous strip of Wear
derlies each of the rings 6 and It will keep the
necting strap 8 that its forward end lie ñush
prising straps both rearwardly and forwardly of
said stirrup connection, rings connected to said
rigging straps, tie straps suspended from said
edge of said front rigging strap, stirrup leathers
35 against the inner edge of the forward rigging 5.
A smooth surface is thus assured, and allows for
skirt, a strap secured to said tree carrying a ring
capable of oscillating movement and forming a
connection for a stirrup leather, a rigging com
The arrangement shown provides a smooth un
dersurface and the wear leather Il, which un
rings from bearing directly against the skirt 4,
thus obviating a like condition.
and connecting strap to space these elements
above the surface of said skirt.
2. In a riding saddle, a tree having a depending
leather extending on either side and above said
D-ringssaid wear leather being cut away to de
fine recesses for the reception of said tie straps
suspended from said tree and capable of unre
and outward and a continuous strip of wear
leather underlying said rings and having its ends
shaped to denne recesses for the reception of said
tie straps and connecting strap to elevate the 30
same above the surface of said skirt.
4. In a saddle construction, a tree and a skirt,
rigging straps connected to the rear and fore
part of said tree carrying rings, each of said rings
having connected thereto the ends of a connecting 35
strap, one edge of which is curved upward to ter
minate abruptly against the edge of said fore
most rigging strap, a continuous strip of wear
leather underlying said rings and having its ends
shaped with recesses for the reception of said 40
connecting strap at its point of securement to
said rings, and a stirrup leather suspended for
universal movement and capable of sliding over
the elements connected to said rings without re
5. In a saddle construction, a tree and a skirt,
a stirrup leather suspension comprising looped
straps secured to said tree on either side and in
termediate ‘its ends, a curved insert secured in
the bight of said loop, a ring conformably receiv
ing said insert whereby to be capable of rotative
and outward movement and affording a connec
tion for said stirrup leather and a continuous strip
of wear leather disposed below said stirrup
leathers and provided at its ends with recesses '
for the reception of connecting elements at their
points of securement whereby to effect unre
stricted movement of said stirrup leathers along
the surface of said skirt.
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