If someone were to attach a saddle to a predatory animal with a flexible spine how might it work and what would it be affixed with? Keep in mind medieval technology is the limit (although if it is feasible with their technology but not with their know-how I'll accept it.)

  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by "Flexible spine"? Pretty much every vertebrae animal has a flexible spine to one degree or another, and I don't know of any arachnid or insect large enough to put a saddle on. Although that would have considerable shock value. $\endgroup$
    – Andon
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 6:09
  • $\begingroup$ Barring any clarification, I'm considering this to be a generalization of the question linked in ZioByte's answer and, thus, voting to close as a duplicate. $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Commented Jan 9, 2018 at 13:38

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I suspect You may find of interest this Answer to a similar question (I'm unsure if I should mark this Question as a duplicate).

General idea is saddle depends on usage and relative size between mount and rider.

If You are using a predatory animal as mount I suppose you want to go to battle and thus you'll also want to use as much as possible you'r mount's offensive power.

This would mean you should move saddle front in order to weigh over shoulder blades with direct support of forelegs and have some kind of retention for rider legs to avoid disastrous falls when mount leaps or rises on hind legs to fight.

You also might need some effective way to prevent tendency of cats (if mount is a cat) to roll over in a fight.


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