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post #1 of 4 Old 07-01-2010, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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"Breaking in" a western saddle with REALLY thick fleece

I have a question. My son's show saddle (western) fits his pony very well. I want to stress that up front, there is no issue with the fit. The issue is with the fleecing on the underside of the saddle, it's mega padded and very thick. When it's on the pony, it's just thick enough to make the saddle slightly less stable. I use it with a VERY thin pad, but still.

I know it just needs broken in, and I've finally got my son to start riding in it (he's needed to move up the size for some time.) My son is not heavy enough to really get the saddle broken in though, and I'm too heavy to ride the pony, though I could squeeze in the saddle for the purpose.

I tried the saddle on Monty but it's much too wide for him (he's a skinny boy, and Misty is a pork chop). In the past, breaking in new trail saddles, we always rode them through the creek and then rode them dry to break them in (I can hear your gasps of horror already). I don't really want to do that with this saddle because it has quite a lot of silver on it, and it's stained a burgandy color on the leather, it's gorgeous and I don't want to darken it.

I've thought about putting the saddle on Freyja and riding in it, it fits her okay, although I would look foolish as heck in a 12 inch, whatever does the trick, you know? Anyone have other suggestions?

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-01-2010, 10:24 PM
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Wet the wool and drape the saddle over a barrel. That should smash it down pretty good. If nothing else, trim the fleece. Those small saddles...i swear they put 4 times as much fleecing on them because the lil ones bounce around so much!
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-02-2010, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks Corino, that's probably what I'll end up doing. I was trying to find a way to avoid wetting it, but I think it's just going to be my best option. You are right, it's a million times fleecier than any new adult saddle I have ever bought! Thanks!

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-02-2010, 10:44 AM
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Good advise from corionowalk. You can probably get away with just wetting the fleece and not the leather. It thought about clipping the wool too but that may not be a great idea.

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