Secrets of the Circassian Saddle

2009-05-05 00:00:00 +0100


If you measure tradition of horsemanship by its equipment, the Kabardian horseback riding culture has definitely something to say. For example, there’s only a few unique saddle types actually being used in the world (and plenty of slight modifications) - and the Circassian (Kabardian) saddle is one of them, not resembling any other saddle.

The Circassian saddle is unique in its construction and deeply thought details which evolved over several hundred years of documented history of horsemanship in Caucasus and probably several thousands year before.

Because most male Kabardians spent significant part of their life in the saddle, travelling thousands of kilometers each month during military operations, the saddles were designed fulfill several basic aims: