Saddles that Shaped the West

June 27, 2015 – October 2, 2016

Though Cowboys & Indians, horses, and cattle herds are regaled as hallmarks of the American West, it was the indispensable western saddle that made the days and weeks of roaming this seemingly untamable terrain possible.  Coming into the forefront of history at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum are the artful, half-scale examples of this indispensable gear created by Wickenburg saddle maker, Carson Thomas. ‘Saddles that Shaped the West’ will open June 27th to feature a half-scale saddles crafted by the internationally renowned Thomas, a second generation saddle maker raised in the cow camps and saddle shops that ranged from Montana’s Wolf Mountains to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.  This is a preview featuring 12 saddles in the Cultural Crossroads Learning Center.  The Museum will host a broader exhibition “Ride Through History” opening in October of 2016.

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