I'm pretty sure the tree in my australian saddle is cracked. Basic tree tests have it moving, and if I run my hand under the panels I can definitely feel the crack. I have no idea what happened or when it happened. Pretty bummed out as I love this saddle and don't have another saddle to ride in. Or the money to buy a new saddle right now.
I am trying to find a professional saddle maker to have a look at it. Just wondering if anyone has had any experience getting a tree fixed or replaced. I would lovelovelove to keep this saddle, the leather is in otherwise great condition, and it has fit me and my horse well up to this point. I'm not sure whether it is a wood or fibreglass tree.
If anyone has had any success stories with getting trees repaired/replaced I'd love to hear them, and any recommendations for saddlers in the BC area.
Also, costwise I only paid $600 for the saddle brand new with all the fittings, so I think I'd be willing to put in roughly what I'd have to pay for a new saddle to fix it if anyone has ballpark numbers.