The key to standardization of equipment in the Revolution is that there was none. It was "a come as you are, use what you take war". Militarized riding saddles as well as copies of British and German models were used. Captured equipments were also to be seen.
Please see "The Horse Soldier, The United States Cavalryman: His Uniforms, Arms, Accoutrements and Equipments" by Randy Steffen (University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1977). This is a standard reference work sponsored by the Company.
In Vol. 1, pp. 22-25, Steffen discusses the variety of saddles used and provides illustrations of seven types.
The illustration of a saddle that accompanies this message is Figure 15 in this work. It is based on period paintings and illustrations by the renowned 19th century historical illustrator, Howard Pyle.
For repros, good places to start are the restorations made by artisans at Williamsburg and Mount Vernon.
James B. Ronan II
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