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regarding singletreeI understand it is part of a harness system. a horizontal bar that allows a horse to pull a wagon. however, McMurtry uses it in Lonesome Dove in terms of a saddle. is this a southwestern/historical term for a kind of saddle? If so, what kind? Can't find anything on singletree saddle. Did find "tree" is wooden foundation of saddle.• The main thing that bothered him was that he lacked a saddle, but July took care of that by borrowing an old singletree from Peach Johnson. —Lonesome Dove• "It's better than that old singletree of yours," Pea Eye said. —Lonesome DoveSo how does an old wooden bar with some rings on it "take care of" the lack of a saddle?
November 8, 2010
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