I've seen some online that sold for around 600, but they had more tooling and in a little better shape than mine. I figure if I was in a pinch and needed money I could sell I for about 350-400. I'm taking it to my saddle repair friend tommorow, and he's going to take the fenders off for me, and see about replacin the rusted conchos either with silver ir leather. Posted via Mobile Device
You saddle originally used lacing for the stirrup length. A working cowboy never changed his stirrup length and they were always laced. When I built my saddle that is how the leathers are done. It allows the leather and fender to be more pliable. The buckles stiffen them up. The blevins buckles came in to being mainly for livery stables where stirrup length was frequently changed. A good latigo strap will secure them, that's why there are four holes instead of two. Nice job on the saddle. It looks exactly how I envisioned it would look. Let me know how your saddle friend deals with the "frozen" leathers.
I dost get to take it to him today, by the time I got home from work, it was time to leave for the hockey game. Plus it was raining and I didn't want to get it wet lol. I called and am planning on taking it Tuesday. If he can't do it, ill have to take it to the next closest saddle shop, which is an hour north of me, the best one, or an hour and a half south. Good but never had any person experience there. The one north in KY is owned by Amish, and they seem to do really good work. Am going to put some more fiebligs on it as soon as I can. I can't wait till I can use it. It's sitting in my kitchen and I catch myself just staring at it lol. Posted via Mobile Device
I took it and had it dismantled for me last night lol. He got the fenders off without any trouble. I guess I was being a sissy. Now to clean them up. He gave it a good once over and let me know it is perfectly sound to use. He's going to replace the tie strings for me, and the metal conchos as soon as I make it to the ra k store to pick some up. He said brass ones would look nice on it so I think ill go with those. He told me the metal rings on the back are there for Calvary saddle bags. Apparently Calvert bags have a unique hook and leather closure. I told him I have a junky saddle sitting in the barn that needs repairing and that if he wanted it he could have it. I'm never going to use it and I only paid 36$ for it. He takes junky and wore out sadles, and fixes them ro be sound and gives them to therapeutic riding schools. So all the more money I will be out is the cost of strings and conchos. He did say it had been refleeced by someone who didn't know what they were doing. The fleece is too high in the channel. He said it doesnt affect the useability of it. I can't wait to use it! Posted via Mobile Device
I finally put this saddle on my horse yesterday! Sadly it doesn't come close to fitting him. I was so dissapointed. Guess ill put it up for sale and hopefully someone else will love having it as much as I did! Posted via Mobile Device