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There are many different types of camel saddles throughout the world. Here you will see some richly decorated and very unique camel saddles that are used by the Tuareg in northern Africa.
The forked horn Tuareg camel saddles are one of the hardest saddles to keep your balance on. The rider's feet lay on back of the camel's neck which makes balancing even harder.


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Forked horn Tuareg Camel Saddles are made by lashing wood together with rawhide and covering it with colored leather, then adorning them with silver, copper and brass ornaments. Most were made in Agadez, Niger, by blacksmiths... Much Tuareg art is in the form of jewelry, leather and metal saddle decorations, and finely crafted swords.

The Tuareg camel saddle sits on two to four saddle-cloths in front of the camel's hump, over its strong shoulders, while the rider sits cross-legged with his feet on the camel's neck... This also gives the rider more control over the camel with the use of shorter reins and pressure from the riders feet on the camels neck.
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The Tuareg word for saddle is térik... The saddle, with its forked saddle horn and detailed leather decorations, is called a tamzak saddle... The Saddles below were used by the chieftains and nobles of the tribes. The Tuaregs are a people of the Sahara, sometimes called the blue men of the desert because the men wear indigo dyed turbans, called sheshes. Traditionally the Tuaregs were nomads, moving with their camels and goats
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The Tuareg Saddle with its stunning trappings
hanging down on the sides are one of the most
beautiful setups your likely to ever see.
Elaborated adorned Chieftains
Forked Horn Tuareg Saddle with
silver bells on the front and back.

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