I would like to find a Solid Black Leather Western well made saddle for <800.00. (might spend 1,000.00 but it better dang well fit and be perfect ha ha) Used is fine as long as its in good condition. Any ideas? I feel like I have looked every where, and can only find english or pony sized saddles! Im attending Equine Affair in OH in about a month, but im not holding much hope of finding anything there in my price range. Really feeling like im never going to find what I want! My Mare is a 14.5-15 hand QH, I Like a 16-17" saddle. Other measurements im trying to get. (weather has been crappy) Im a first time buyer and very overwhelmed! Also plan on taking a "cast" of her back to Equine Affair to help insure saddle fit if I do find one.
Tell me more about this dying of saddles....Is it easy? Just remove the conchos etc? I do want black for sure. She's a black horse with all black tack except her purple saddle pad...she is going to look amazing when I get it all together :-D
Dying a saddle black can be done but there's no guarantee the dye won't continually bleed onto your clothes. It's not just a matter of applying the dye. First, the shine has to be removed and that's with a toxic substance (nail polish remover)that requires plenty of fresh air. It can be purchased by the quart. One has to check the leather in all kinds of light to be sure there are no shiney spots or the dye won't take. It is best to tackle one complete piece of leather at a time, such as a fender, rear jockey. That way you can stop as the piece is done. Never stop partway across a piece of leather or it will show up later like a water line. Once the leather is dry you need to take it outside in good sunlight and again looke for areas that didn't quite take the dye and reapply. The final step is going over it with turpentine and a ton of rags to remove the excess dye. A coat of atom wax will add some shine. I make my own black dye but use it mainly for touchups and there's no bleeding. Since I'm not real familiar with it I may tackle an old halter or headstall.
tell me more about this dying of saddles....Is it easy? Just remove the conchos etc? I do want black for sure. She's a black horse with all black tack except her purple saddle pad...she is going to look amazing when I get it all together :-D
I had a blck horse and bought a black saddle and wished I hadn't. The black really stood out as not matching. Now I would buy dark brown so it doesn't clash.
Yep, I had a black leather Circle Y that I sold last year, Val. It was a Park & Ranch and not a show saddle, but it was black. Had a sueded seat and basketweave leather. Nice saddle. Gave someone a real bargain, since I had no use for it and didn't want it to just continue sitting in my tack room.