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Pay Homage to the Wild, Wild West During the Saddle Makers of the Southwest Exhibit

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum has welcomed visitors from all over the world and brought to life the 4,000-year history of farming and ranching in New Mexico. The Museum’s Horse and Cattle Barn is the site of a new, long-term exhibit— Saddle Makers of the Southwest—celebrating the art of saddle making.

Saddles and saddle makers are an important part of ranching history in New Mexico and the Southwest. The saddle was the most critical tool of the cowboy; it was one of the most expensive purchases he would make, so he wanted a good, durable saddle that was specific to the work he was doing - whether it was riding the range on a cattle drive, roping and branding calves, or at the rodeo.

Cowboys sought out particular saddle makers for their custom orders and based their selections on the makers’ reputations for making exactly what the cowboy needed and used. It would be impossible to talk about all of the important saddle makers in the Southwest. Instead, this exhibit will focus on four individuals whose saddles are representative of the many well-known southwestern saddle makers.

“Saddle Makers of the Southwest” also provides a leather-stamping activity for children. We retrieve memories for some visitors, educate others and provide a fun-filled day for everyone. Don’t miss out on the chance to view the telling exhibit!

We know you love your home at Sonoma Palms Apartments in Las Cruces, New Mexico, but it’s important to stay active and involved in your community. Attending this event is the perfect chance for you to journey outside your comfort zone to meet new people and seek new opportunities.
Event Time/Date:
Saturday, June 1, 2019—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88011

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