leather attached to pommel section with rosette bosses. Cantle section with hand-tooled designs. Complete with girth strap and large wooden looped stirrups – typically used in the Western theater of the Civil War. Underside of saddle with bare leather exterior – unlike the more commonly Confederate used burlap to cover the saddle tree.
The nomenclature of this saddle is not derived from mule associations, but rather from an American contortion of a French term meaning “without a horn”.
The “Muley” saddle is generally associated with the Confederacy. This version of the saddle appears to be an early model. [See Dorsey & McPheters, 1999: 68-70].