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[Mattie Jo Whitten on a black and white pony]

Description: Photograph of Mattie Jo Whitten on a black and white pony. Whitten, who has short straight hair, is wearing a polka-dot cotton dress with strap sleeves that button over the shoulder. Partial view of a white wood building in left. Trees in background. Picket and wire fence on right background. Scanned image is of the copy. Image dimensions 12.7 cm X 18 cm and has white border around it.
Date: unknown
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

Men on Horseback

Description: Group of eleven unidentified men on horseback in front of store with Moline Wagons and John Deere sign. Also sign of Bosque Valley Bank on window of store next to Moline Wagons.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bosque County Historical Commission

Throat Latch Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved throat-latch fastener. This design consists in a "connecting-plate for bridles, having the side and end bars, the intermediate transverse bars . . . and the central longitudinal bar, having a stud in one portion thereof" (lines 79-83).
Date: April 17, 1888
Creator: Hopson, Franklin Oliver
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Device for Controlling Runaway Horses.

Description: Patent for a new and improved device for controlling runaway horses. This design has for its object "to construct an apparatus whereby such a pressure may be applied by the rider or driver of the animal in connection with which the apparatus is employed, the invention consisting of pads that are supported by lever-arms pivotally connected to a bit, and of a means whereby said pads may be moved toward each other—that is, to a position so that they will bear upon the outer nostril-wall . . . [since horses] may be quickly subdued by bringing continued pressure to bear upon their noses" (lines 9-21).
Date: August 16, 1887
Creator: Grumbach, Isaïe
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Horseshoeing Apparatus.

Description: Patent for a new and improved horseshoeing machine. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the elevator-platform and devices for raising and lowering the same, of a pair of adjustable bolts located above the platform, and a harness consisting of a bar and a set of belts suspended from said bolts" (lines 30-35).
Date: September 13, 1887
Creator: Lindsey, John
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Horseshoe.

Description: Patent for a new and improved horseshoe. This design "has for its objects, first, to fasten a shoe to the hoof in such a manner that it will be firmly held in place, and in a great measure overcome the jar and concussion incident to traveling on hard roads; second, in so providing a fastening that the shoe can be secured to the hoof and removed at will without the aid of a skilled work[person] and without the use of nails" (lines 18-26).
Date: October 18, 1887
Creator: Robertson, Alexander W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hame Lock.

Description: Patent for a new and improved lock for hames. This design "consist[s] of the coupling branches . . . [one] being composed of the two pivoted sections forming the bell-mouth, the section having the slot and spring secured to its opposite end and pressing against the underside of the section, and the branch having the catch-tooth adapted to enter the bell-mouth and engage the slot" (lines 67-75).
Date: February 9, 1886
Creator: Anderson, Lee
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Riding Saddle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle. This design consists in "the upper end of the pommel [being] chambered out to receive the compass, which is inserted within the pommel, and suitably, as by means of a gimbal-joint, held therein, so that the compass shall be operative in all or nearly all the positions which a saddle while in use may assume. A piece of glass or other transparent material through which the compass can be observed, is let into the pommel, so as to cover the compass and exclude moisture therefrom" (lines 35-46).
Date: March 16, 1886
Creator: Shock, Floyd
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Riding Saddle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle. This design "relates especially to devices intended for use in coupling or connecting girths to saddles in stock countries or elsewhere where it is desirable to quickly adjust the saddle onto a horse . . . in drawing [a] strap to tighten the girth the inner portion, by reason of the friction of the parts passing through the rings, becomes rolled or creased up and straightened out, and loosens the girth in a short time . . . [the] invention seeks to overcome [these] objections" (lines 12-36).
Date: April 27, 1886
Creator: Newman, John W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hame.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hame. This design "consists in an attachment provided with a series of lugs or hooks for the attachment of the link of the chain trace or the eye of the tug, whereby the draft may be attached to the hame attachment at any desired point, said attachment being adapted to be secured to a hame of the ordinary construction" (lines 10-17).
Date: January 26, 1886
Creator: Hughes, Henry A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Riding Saddle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle. This design "provide[s] a flexible or elastic seat, consisting of a number of thicknesses of tanned sheepskin, with the wool on, between the saddle-tree covering and the ordinary external rawhide or other covering, thus preventing the said covering from resting on the inner edges of the saddle-tree side bars, which forms a comfortable and easy saddle; and, in addition to this, [the] invention relates to the opening rearwardly and laterally in the saddle-tree for attaching the girth-rigging thereto, in place of the ordinary rings" (lines 30-41).
Date: July 6, 1886
Creator: Hake, Francis A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Appliance for Training Horses.

Description: Patent for a new and improved appliance for training horses. This design "consists, essentially, in a leg-halter composed of chains or ropes connected by a common ring, or otherwise, and connected with gyves or shackles to encircle the pastern of each leg, a yoke or frame placed upon the withers, or forward or back thereof, and provided with a clamp, and a band passing through the clamp and down to one of the shackles, or to the horse's leg, the other end being carried to a convenient point to be passed by the trainer or attendant" (lines 9-20).
Date: August 10, 1886
Creator: Dodge, Israel Alexander
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bridle Attachment.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bridle attachment. This design "consists of a contrivance of nose-clamping strap having end rings through which pass the ends of a chin-strap connected by reign-straps passing through rings of a head-strap of the attachment . . . the invention comprising also a connection of the martingale-straps with the rings of the nose-clamping straps . . . to powerfully check up the horse when required, and also to prevent rearing and plunging" (lines 9-20).
Date: June 5, 1883
Creator: Massey, John T.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saddle Girth.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle girth. This design consists in "[t]he combination, with the central ring and pad, of the strips and the radiating straps . . . [and] [t]he combination, with the central ring and pad, of the loop and the radiating straps" (lines 56-62).
Date: October 24, 1882
Creator: Williams, Calvin
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Horseshoe.

Description: Patent for a new and improved horseshoe. This design "consists in a horseshoe constructed with a base made in two parts, hinged together at their forward ends, and having a cap, also made in two parts, attached to the base, the parts of the cap being provided at their upper forward corners with eyes and a fastening staple, and the hinged parts of the base being locked in place by a screw-rod passing through the hinged end of the base, whereby the shoe can be readily applied and detached, and will be securely held in place" (lines 22-33).
Date: November 21, 1882
Creator: Fenley, George Washington, Sr.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sweat Leather for Riding Saddles.

Description: Patent for a new and improved sweat-leather for saddles. This design "has for its object to construct sweat-leathers which shall be absolutely impervious to the sweat and moisture exuding from the animal, and thus serve to protect the rider's clothes. Sweat-pads, as ordinarily constructed of leather, are liable to be permeated with moisture, by which their efficiency as protectors is not only impaired, but they are liable to curl up . . . To avoid this . . . [the] improved sweat-pads [have] linings of India-rubber" (lines 20-31).
Date: December 25, 1883
Creator: Harriss, James Wilson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Bridle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved bridle. This design "consists in a novel manner of constructing driving-bridles, whereby a leverage upon the bit and curb proportionate to the needs of any particular occasion may be drawn up so that it will be impossible to hold the bit out of control of the driver" (lines 7-14).
Date: August 19, 1884
Creator: Roeber, Alexander.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Saddle.

Description: Patent for a new and improved saddle. This design "consists in a rubber or other elastic seat having a thick central portion with tapering thin edges and a leather covering for the same" (lines 9-11).
Date: November 4, 1884
Creator: Adams, James E. & Shero, Philip
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Hame Fastener.

Description: Patent for a new and improved hame fastener. This design utilizes a clasp that slides along a bar. When the clasp is at the desired position relative to the hame, a pin and a locking plate on the clasp lock the clasp in place; thus the hame is fastened.
Date: April 26, 1881
Creator: Crump, Thomas Jefferson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department