I was just googling this evening and came across an old auction house listing for a beautiful Visalia Western side saddle.
Now, most of the antique Western side saddles around now are "catalog" saddles ordered out of the Sears or Montgomery Ward catalogs- not really functional except for riding to church or to the shops. The more substantial western side saddles found like the Goodnight side saddle, were made for women to ride long distances comfortably or to accompany her husband around on the ranch to do chores.
This rare c. 1911 Visalia side saddle, wasn't just meant for comfortable transportation though but for actual roping as shown by the western horn on the offside.
Now while it is common to find small offside horns or "grab handles" on 19th century Western side saddles, these weren't used for roping but just as added security for the rider. The substantial built up horn on the Visalia saddle is just like the horn on a man's saddle and I can only say that this is a TRUE cowgirl saddle!