Saddle-cloth with the Pindela’s Coat of Arms
Dating: 19th century
Material: Wool & Cotton
Dimensions (cm): 130 x 155
Inv. no.: PD1120
Horses covers were already used in ancient Assyria (modern northern Iraq) at around 700 AD. They were commonly decorated and were attached by a strap or a rope to protect the rider.
Later on, saddle-cloths became equestrian apparatus used by people of high social status. These could be customized – with the horse’s name, the name of its owner or other elements – as shown by this exemplar displaying the coat of arms of the Pindela (a Noble House from Vila Nova de Famalicão, nearby Guimarães).