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post #1 of 13 Old 05-21-2012, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Calling all English riders!

Okay well I picked up this (hideous) colored saddle which I definitely think is just some cheap argentine made saddle but what do you guys think?
Also- do any of you have expierence dying saddles a darker color? This tan HAS to go but I don't wana make it look tacky if I dye it.


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post #2 of 13 Old 05-21-2012, 10:26 PM
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Is there a maker's mark on it anywhere? There are usually metal plates under the small front flaps that will indicate make and country of origin. Either that, or there'll be something stamped into the billet flaps.

If you want to darken the saddle without having it done professionally, get a bottle of 100% pure neatsfoot oil, not the compound. Oil the saddle and let it absorb as much oil as it can. Let it sit overnight, then buff off any remaining oil with a soft cloth.

If the saddle is as cheap as it looks though, don't expect miracles.

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post #3 of 13 Old 05-21-2012, 11:32 PM
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You can use leather dye. Maybe. If it doesn't work, it will look even worse than the banana-cream-pie you have now.
The trick to dyeing leather is to make sure that ALL glaze, dirt, oils are completely removed from the surface. There are leather deglazing products out there that effectively strip everything off the leather and give you a raw surface to work with.
To get an even finish, I've heard a lot of people swear by making sure that the surface of the leather is slightly, uniformly damp before applying the dye.

I second Speed-Racer: don't expect miracles. If it's really cheap leather, it won't take the dye at all. Some really cheap leather is almost painted on. Hard to tell from the pic. Try the dye on a very inconspicuous location before letting loose on the whole thing.

Maybe just cover it with a tush-cush?

Why? Why would any saddle-maker make a banana-colored saddle?
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-22-2012, 05:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hahahhaha banana colored saddle! It's seriously super super ugly I'm almost going to be embarrassed to sit in it
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Wow that's...quite the colour clash going on there. Black leathers.. yellow and brown saddle... yuck!

No clue if you can dye it but you can give it a shot!

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post #6 of 13 Old 05-22-2012, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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It's really comfy. I mean if anyone tries to steal it atleast they will see the color and think twice
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-22-2012, 07:18 AM
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LMAO good security system :P Unless they're into bananas

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I honestly don't think it looks that bad. Yeah it looks like banana pudding but if you had brown breeches and tan breeches it wouldn't look half bad. Good luck! I don't know much about dying leather!
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but if you had brown breeches and tan breeches it wouldn't look half bad.
Or Brown breeches and a green shirt and you'd look like a banana tree!

There's an idea for a costume!! Your horse can be the chiquita lady with the fruit on her head!

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post #10 of 13 Old 05-23-2012, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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LOL hahahhaha yessss
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