Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
Our Circle Y saddle has never had the underside of the fender cleaned. I just looked at it, and there isn't a trace of dirt or hair on it. The leather is darkened, but smooth and completely clean...and about 5 years have passed since we bought it.
Looking at the underside of the fender on my recently purchased, used Clinton Anderson saddle, there IS a section of the fender about the size of my hand that looks cleanable...but it is also smooth. It was a rough out fender than has become smooth from use, so perhaps that is the difference. I'll try cleaning it to see what, if anything, comes out. It COULD use some neatsfoot oil. But most of the underside of the fender is clean & looks fine...
"Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing...well, ignore it mostly."