Plainsmen saddle-chairs are generally light affairs woven from wicker and finished with fern twine. The basic seat is like a boat which is attached over and across its ‘bows’ by a belt which passes under the belly of the aquar. The chair is further secured by its ‘stern’ with a belt that is attached to the root of the aquar’s tail.
A bundle of scouring-rush (horsetail) rods is attached transversally ‘amidships’ adjusted to the rider so that it catches him under his knees thus keeping his legs above the motion of the aquar’s legs without the need for stirrups. Another transverse assembly of rods is attached to the ‘stern’ of the chair. Both of these transverse ‘beams’ extend some distance on either side and are used together to attach baggage and weapon racks as well as the poles of a drag-cradle.
The ‘prow’ of the chair is a post to which can be secured any number of small, personal effects.
Plainsmen use neither bits nor reins – they consider this cruel – instead, they control their aquar by applying pressure to the creatures’ back with the soles of their feet.