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    04-09-2012, 12:29 PM
I have 48" leathers. I'm only 4'11 though. They actually go short enough for my 6 year old, and then lengthen enough for me. Hehe. It was the lazy way out for both of us to ride without swtiching out leathers. Hehe
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    04-09-2012, 02:17 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Someone makes them with webbing sandwiched between two pieces of leather. They are a little thicker. Keep in mind, if a stirrup leather breaks most riders take a hard tumble.

The only problem with these is when the leather stretches. Which it always does, eventually. You can't often repair them without getting wrinkles.
    04-09-2012, 03:59 PM
Green Broke
Anyone have any experience with "Horsefare" leather products? I ordered some Toulouse leathers on clearance at Classic Saddlery, they told me they'd match my dark Havana saddle, and they definitely do not, they're about 3 shades too light! They claim they'll darken with oiling but I've tried to darken leathers by oiling/conditioning before and in my experience they won't darken THIS much.

They refuse to refund me now since they said those were on clearance, so I have a store credit. I explained my dilemma and asked if they had ANY leathers that would honestly match a dark Havana saddle, and they said "Horsefare", here:


I've never heard of this brand before, so wanted to throw it out there to see if anyone else had??
    04-09-2012, 04:54 PM
Green Broke
You know what, never mind...they're being pretty rude and I'd rather not do business with them any longer I'm just going to get my money back and shop elsewhere...
    04-10-2012, 05:18 PM
I think 48" would definitely be perfect for you.

I'm 5', and it's just right for me. Two inches won't change much.

I have a pair of 54", and not only am I up at the top holes, but I can't stand all the extra leather hanging. 48" is proportionate to my leg length and my saddle.

Hunters like it neat and clean, and leathers that are obviously too long don't help clean up your look.

I would suggest anything from Ovation, Bates, Toulouse, Collegiate, or HDR, for something around that price range.
    04-10-2012, 05:23 PM
Also, Toulouse really will darken that much.
Have you ever owned any MT leather before? They soak up oil like no one elses business.
Mine are Toulouse, and I bought mine in Cognac, and they've gone from that to a dark brown, and I haven't even been trying to darken them. So, if I really worked the oil in, they'd definitely shape up to a havana if I wanted them to.

And Dover is having a big sale right now, and have some nice prices on leathers, if you still decide to not keep your MT's.
    04-10-2012, 09:47 PM
Green Broke
I do own Toulouse leathers, and the ones they sent me were pre oiled as well, and still several shades too light. I already sent them back :-/
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