1918 Cavalry Saddle -- Restoring? *Pics*

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    02-08-2011, 09:31 PM
Green Broke
1918 Cavalry Saddle -- Restoring? *Pics*

My grandfather found this old saddle in a barn. It is marked Hotze & Sons, 1918. (Any information concerning this model?) I think it's really neat --it's ALMOST WW1, and I have a fascination with WW1-- and would like to restore and ride with it. For something so old, it seems to be in fair condition. What are the steps I should take to restore it? I've never restored anything before.

Right (?) side

Left (?) side




Cinch rigging

Broken Cinch Thing

Broken leather peice that leads to cinch (I have the peice that broke off)

Other leather peice like the one above, but this one's not broken

Company name and such

Plate on the pommel

One broken stirrup (the other is fine)

US stamp on stirrup

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    02-08-2011, 10:14 PM
Only 11 inch seat? Haha. Well first I would check at an antique shop or someone that knows about older tack and find out how much it's worth because the worse thing you can do to an antique that is worth something is restoring it yourself. I would pay a professional to restore it though.
    02-08-2011, 10:24 PM
I have no restoration ideas but that thing is crazy cool. I want one.
    02-08-2011, 10:28 PM
No restoring ideas here!! Just wanted to say! That's an awesome saddle!!! But owee I bet that would hurt ur BUTT!!! Eeeoucheee!!!!
    02-08-2011, 10:43 PM
Green Broke
Fifty --

Good idea. I don't want to ruin it... It's sort of dirty though. Could I just get a sponge and wipe some of the dirt off?

I wonder if I can fit my butt into an 11 inch seat... If I do, maybe I can use it for endurance. They're suppose to make great endurance saddles.

Sophie --

Crazy cool indeed.

TBstorm --

They're famous for being comfortable for the horse and a terror for the rider.
    02-08-2011, 11:28 PM
That's neat that it was found in such nice condition. For now it would be fine to just wipe the dust and dirt away with a lightly damp cloth, you wouldn't be hurting it.

It looks like it is really narrow. Horses were probably built a bit differently back then?
    02-08-2011, 11:33 PM
Green Broke
The military selected for a certain "standardized" type of horse for mounted units. They were high withered, lean critters. This saddle was built to fit them, the standard military horses.
    02-08-2011, 11:56 PM
Very cool saddle. If you want to restore it , it will lose it's value as an antique.
    02-09-2011, 12:01 AM
Green Broke

The unrestored ones I've looked at on the web of the same model are only going for around $300-400... If this thing was worth an arm and a leg, I would do whatever I needed to make sure it retained value. Though $400 is a lot of money, is isn't much for a saddle. I'd rather have it fixed up so I could ride in it.

Plus, I'm a rider, not an antique collector. :P

However, before any decision is made, I'm going to find someone knowledgeable about old saddles to tell me exactly how much it's worth.
    02-09-2011, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Fifty --

TBstorm --

They're famous for being comfortable for the horse and a terror for the rider.
lol I bet!!!

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