The Battery This saddle is a modern replica of the original
McClellan saddle used by the US Civil War horse-drawn artillery units. There is a still active unit located in
New Ulm, Mn. This militia was established in 1863 for the city of New Ulm. Don Tauer, Cathy's husband, has been
a member of this militia since 1997. Don works, trains, and rides the draft bred horses for many of the Battery's major
functions. The original McClellan
saddle was developed for men during the 1800's who averaged in height of 5.5 to 5.7 and
weighed 116 to 123 lbs., and who rode horses that were extremely narrow with razor type withers, (very much like the
thoroughbred track horses of today.) We know exactly how this original equipment can hurt a horse and cause him to perform
badly. This now modern McClellan Battery
saddle has two important distinctions from the original: It’s comfortable
for you and won’t cause pressure points on your horse. The substantial width dish in the seat makes it extremely comfortable
for long hours of riding at any gait. The slightly narrowed rise helps keep you in the pocket of the seat for all day riding.
The stirrup straps are adjustable for more security during
fast stops. The whole package makes riding glorious. The ability to tie gear front and rear is legendary. For more on
the NEW ULM BATTERY
Seat Size: 15, 16 and 17
Weight: 19, 20 and 21 lbs.
Panel length: 22.7,
23.77 and 24.77 inches. All designed for up to a 3-inch scapula overlap.
Bar length: 20, 21 and 22 for 15, 16 and
17 inch seats
Saddle color: Black, brown or two tone
Seat Type: Smooth Black or Brown Upholstery Cowhide
Style: 1 inch Soft-Seat or the standard ½ inch smooth neoprene padding. How to know?
Fenders: Slide fenders.
Fork: Slick and 4 inches high, measured from base seat..
Cantle: 5 inches tall and 11.5 inches wide. Height measured at back of cantle is 3 inches.
Embossments: Yes, on seat flap - US
Hardware: Brass in the traditional time period or Stainless Steel.
Additional hardware? Specify quantity and where to place.
Dropped cross fire with adjustable Stainless Steel sliders and with 14-inch long nylon reinforced one-inch English billets.
hanger bar: 3-position for a 1-inch leather or 2 inch biothane strap.
Stirrup leather: Top grain 1" nylon reinforced
leathers with sleeves on a three position stirrup hanger bar.
Saddle pad: Saddle sox -
synthetic in brown or black Codura with black or white fleece.
All About Saddling DVD and Leather Care Kit:
Additional options: Available