During the American Civil War, many Confederate cavalrymen provided their own horses and civilian saddles. In time, the Confederacy issued the Jenifer saddle. But when Southerners' horses grew thin because of the inadequate food supply, the Jenifer saddle became painful to the bony withers of the horses. In 1863, the Confederate army issued the lighter and better-contoured McClellan saddle with russet leather to its cavalry. This is my version of the rebel saddle. Leather in the south became scarce so this saddle lacks the stirrup hoods. Thanks for looking.