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  • Western saddle stirrups attached to the fender hobble
  • Stirrup straps with belvin

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    11-10-2008, 02:10 PM
Green Broke
I called my trainer, and she said not to monkey with it, or I'll be having to pay someone to put it all together for me. LOL. I'll take it out to the barn on Thursday and see what she thinks.

The stirrup length is actually pretty good. I've only been in it with bare feet, so I have to put my boots on and see.
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    11-10-2008, 02:17 PM
LOL @ don't monkey with it....

I'm glad she's willing to take a looksie at it for ya!
    11-10-2008, 02:38 PM
Green Broke
Well she said that the only parts of the saddle that she oils and treats are the parts that come in contact with the horse.

I'm so confused!

BTW, BILL IS AWESOME! Lol He's been really good at trying to explain things to me.
    11-10-2008, 02:51 PM
Why thank you

Only oiling the parts of the saddle that touch your horse is like washing yourself only on the parts that show.

The purpose of the oil is to refurbish and replace the oils that leave the leather. Maybe she means that she saddle soaps those parts of the saddle. I use spray glycerin soap after each ride and completely oil my saddle twice per year at the least. My oldest saddle is about 15 years old and the leather is more supple now then it was new.
    11-10-2008, 03:06 PM
I have a saddle that is older than I am and I keep it oiled even though we don't use it. I could if I wanted to, because its been kept supple and in good condition. The best guess my family has as to the age of the saddle is about 50 years old. It was the first saddle that my grandpa bought when he first got horses for his kids!!!
    11-10-2008, 03:39 PM
Green Broke
Alright, I had to find Seth's saddle (the little bugger put it in his room, but did set it the RIGHT way). I looked at it, and now understand.

I disassembled the left stirrup, I pulled down on the fender, and pushed up on the leather on the backside of the fender, not the one with the belvin's on it, but the one that looks like it looped with the fender.

I pulled really hard, my hands are leather burnt lol, but got nowhere.
    11-10-2008, 04:04 PM
Quit monkeying with it!!!!!! LOL... You're not going to ride till Thursday anyways.

I can't tell you what to do because like I said earlier...It's nearly impossible to tell what's going on with out being able to see and feel it for myself....Wait for you're instructor.
    11-10-2008, 04:23 PM
OK... I went and looked at my hubby's saddle. The part you should be shoving "up" would be the strap with the holes in it..

The Blevins buckle strap...the one with the buckle on the end...PULL on that one. The fender should be attached to that one with some stiching and you don't want to mess up where the fender is attached to the strap...

I'll add pictures to show you how my hubbys saddle.....Ya, ya I know I said don't monkey with it but I know you're going to fiddle with it.....

Moving fenders 001.jpg

^This is what you should see when you lift the fender.

Moving fenders 005.jpg

As you can hopefully see, the strap that has the Blevins buckle on the end has the fender attached further up on it from the buckle.

Moving fenders 003.jpg

This is how my fenders are attached to that strap...You don't really want to get carried away yanking on the actual fender because you don't want to damage this stiching.

Moving fenders 006.jpg

The strap that I have my hand on is the one you want to pull down...sometimes wiggeling gently forward and back (pommel/cantle) while pulling will help it come down if it's been up for a while.

Moving fenders 007.jpg

This is what my fender looks like pulled WAY down. You can see how the hole side of the strap (blevins still attached, I just took the hobble off) has slid up into the saddle to allow the fender side to come down.

Hope this helps...Just give me a shout if you need more help.....
    11-10-2008, 04:32 PM
Good job Amy!
    11-10-2008, 04:33 PM
Sorry for all the repetitive posts... I just wanted to add some more points.

* You won't be pulling the fender down as far as I did, That was just for me to be able to show you more clearly.

*In the first picture you can see that my hobble strap is attached on the inside, I had to do that because of my short's saddle was designed for man-length legs, not my midget ones. Typically the hobble goes around all the straps and the fender.

* You won't be pulling at the angle that I did either...I have short arms to go with my short legs and I was taking the picture while trying to demonstrate. BUT, getting your had up under the jockey and trying to pull up a tad may get you better results than pulling straight down...*sigh*...I'm not trying to get you to fiddle with it more than you should, I'm just adding suggestions....Know when to say when here...It may be good and stuck.

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