Costa Rican Ornamented Cruppers

Global Horse Culture Archive on March 5, 2008, 15:28

The traditional saddle used by the "sabanero" or cowboy of Costa Rica is a simple affair - a support tree structure of woven reeds, covered by several large flaps of cowhide, perhaps with some tooling around the edges. Sometimes a wool saddle blanket is used underneath the saddle for extra padding. Due to it's simple structure and the narrowness of the horses, it is often held in place by a crupper and breastplate.

The crupper is one of the few parts of the traditional Costa Rican tack that is invariably ornate. A flower-like design made from woven reeds, horse hair, and