Black cast iron saddle rack that was typically bolted to a tack room wall. A saddle was usually one of the most expensive pieces of equipment related to horses. Tossing a saddle over a gate or railing wasn’t a good idea for trying to maintain its top condition.
All saddles need to be kept clean and dry. They need to be stored under cover, away from weather and dust. Saddles also need to be kept away from a direct heat source, as excess heat, especially driven by a fan, will dry out the leather. For the same reason, if the leather gets wet, it must be allowed to dry naturally, away from a direct heat source.
A saddle rack hung on a wall allowed the saddle to dry naturally and could also be used when the saddle is properly cleaned and conditioned.