|Back, Joe||Horses, Hitches and Rocky Trails||
Called “the packer’s bible,” it’s full of old-time western humor and wisdom. Murphy’s Law reigns supreme in this book. Priceless, absolutely priceless.
|Carter, General William,
US Sixth Cavalry
|Horses, Saddles and Bridles||
A classic manual, circa 1920 on cavalry horses, including their purchase, training, equipment, stables, riding, and travel history. Comprehensive and vital reference book.
Chief Pack Master
of the U.S. Cavalry
|Manual of Pack Transportation||
When I started writing The Southern Devil, I didn’t realize that pack transportation had gone through different technology generations during the 19th century.
HW Daly learned his trade under General Crook, chasing Geronimo across Arizona. The pack mules described here made that campaign possible. If you want to understand that time, you’ve got to read this book.
|Friddle, Martha Coe
and Linda A. Bowlby
Sandi John Petrie
|The Sidesaddle Legacy: How to Ride Aside the American Way||
Sidesaddle riding is a complex art. The Southern Devil takes place when its saddle was undergoing a significant change.
This book contains very useful information on the nuts and bolts of sidesaddle riding, especially the different saddles and how to fit a sidesaddle to the horse – an issue which became critical in The Southern Devil.
|Post, Charles John||Horse Packing||
First published 8n 1914, this former cavalryman passes along lessons learned, including those from a trip over the rugged Andes mountains of South America. Includes lots and lots of drawings about how to secure a load.
|Pony Boy, Gawani
|Horse, Follow Closely: Native American Horsemanship||
As much philosophy as a manual of horsemanship, this book is visually stunning and very clearly written. Very, very fascinating.
|Thomas, Mary L.
|The Fair Lady Aside||
If you want to know about ladies, how they rode, and what they wore – you need this slim book.
Priceless, absolutely priceless.
Published by the World Sidesaddle Federation, Inc.
|Watts, Rhonda C.||The Western Side Saddle||
Focused on today’s western side saddle competitions, it includes a brief history of the western side saddle, plus solid discussions of equipment, riding techniques, and clothing. Lots of drawings.
Published by the International Side-Saddle Organization (ISS0).