Who invented the first western riding saddle?

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The Western saddle was an invention of the American colonists. They were sometimes required to remain in the saddle for many hours at a time - they would ride all day and sleep in swags at night. The formal English saddles were very uncomfortable for this sort of use. The Western saddle has lower stirrups and a deeper seat. It was invented to provide comfort, not looks (although some Western saddles are beautifully decorated and very valuable.) Its development occurred over time - there was no 'first' Western saddle. It was not invented by any one person, but developed over time to better suit the needs of the pioneers.
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