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    01-31-2011, 01:41 PM
Question Fixing a fender on a western saddle

A couple years ago, my mom and I went trail riding off the property. We saddled the horses before leaving (we weren't going far) and to keep the stirrups from knocking against the horses (the divider in our two horse trailer wasn't there) we hooked the stirrups on the horn.

All that being said, the leather on the stirrup of my saddle cracked and tore a little. I stopped using that saddle, and stole my mom's, and helped her pay for a new one (I liked hers better anyway because it had a lot more tooling). But that saddle doesn't quite fit my horse right, and I want to go back to the other one.

Any ideas how to fix it, or what I can do? It's not a huge tear, but it's enough to make me worry that it'll tear more, especially since it's on the left side. I don't think I can afford to replace a fender, if you can even do that.
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    01-31-2011, 04:51 PM
I don't know how you'd fix it without replacing it, but that's only because I'm not good with that kind of stuff.

Chick's has a plain leather replacement fenders and basket tooled. The plain ones are $80 and the tooled are $85.

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    02-01-2011, 01:42 PM
Hmm... well, I can't afford to buy a whole new fender right now, and I'm just looking for a cheap fix. Something I read online said to essentially poke holes around the tear and sew it back together with a wet leather strip so that when the strip dries it'll shrink and stay tight. Is that a good idea, or should I try to find a saddle repair shop? I'm mostly broke right now, and sewing it together makes sense to me
    02-01-2011, 01:57 PM
I think sewing it together would work for a serviceable cheap fix. Don't make the holes too big or too close to the tear or too close together, or the leather might be even more weakened. Another idea is to 'patch' with a good leather or heavy canvas piece behind the fender and 'sew' through that also. It will help take the stress of the fender and make a stronger patch.

If you have a shoe repair or leather repair shop close, they really are cheap. Especially if you don't want them to restore it, just fix it for safety. You might be surprised! They have sewing machines that could do a neater job than using rawhide strings.
    02-01-2011, 03:38 PM
Can you post a picture of it so we can see where it is torn??
    02-01-2011, 03:51 PM
Thats what I was thinking Peggy. If I had a picture, I could probably think of something to help you fix it.
    02-02-2011, 10:54 PM
We definitely need a picture.

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