Loose saddle nail...anyone know how to fix?

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    04-11-2012, 10:28 PM
Loose saddle nail...anyone know how to fix?

Today 10:25 PM - permalinkCatdog88
Loose saddle nail...

Anyone know how to fix a loose saddle nail?

I just got a "new" Dover Circuit Pro saddle about 10 days ago. I went through the "test ride" program. This is when you order the saddle, and can ride in it for 3 days to test the fit , etc. I loved the saddle but noticed it definitely had some wear and tear on it (rust on the saddle nails, one of the holes on the billet looked very stretched out ) So I called Dover and they took $150 off the price if I wanted the saddle...that seemed fair to me.

Well I was putting new pads on my stirrups today and noticed that one of the saddle nails , under the skirt is almost about to pop off.

I am going to call Dover tomorrow. In the meantime , any suggestions? I have a riding lesson tomorrow and would like to ride my saddle if I can make it safe.

Any help would be very much appreciated :) thanks
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    04-12-2012, 09:48 AM
The saddle nail under the skirt goes through the tree point and is then turned over. It helps retain the front of the flap, which is otherwise secured only by a couple of tacks and the stitching which holds the front of the panel in plplace.

Unfortunately, the only way to fix it permanently is to remove the panel first :(

You might be able to pull it out before your lesson, but only if it's broken off where it's been bent around the point. Then it should come out easily. Otherwise it's unlikely to fall out completely while you're riding.
    04-12-2012, 09:46 PM
Thanks Uncle Arthur...I called Dover today and they were really nice! They asked me to send pics to their saddle expert and we will go from there ....

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