Mystery Saddle??? Any guesses?

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    04-18-2013, 09:41 PM
Mystery Saddle??? Any guesses?

Someone is offering me this saddle for pretty cheap. She says there is no name on it and she thinks it is very/pretty old, maybe custom. Says its still in good condition. Offering it for 150.00

What do you think? It's so cheap I am considering cause I figure I can turn around and sell it if it doesn't fit my horse and recoup my money pretty easy. And if it does fit nicely I have a decent second saddle.
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    04-18-2013, 10:27 PM
Any larger photos?
    04-18-2013, 10:47 PM
No :( She texted them to me and when I try to enlarge them they get really pixelated.
    04-19-2013, 08:49 AM
Bummer. Well, just going off the photos you have, I'd buy it. If you do and really want to know it's possible origin, put some larger photos up.

I know a couple saddle makers who are real nerds about who made what and when. If you wanted I could email them a couple photos and I bet they'd have some idea.

The tree is a fairly popular one, so the details would be in the tooling (or lack of) and the rigging.
    04-20-2013, 10:25 AM
Looks to be an old timer which could mean it's better made that a lot of today's saddles. I suspect it's rather heavy. I downloaded the pics and expanded them to have a better look. No pixelating that way. The saddle has been stored for a long time with the left skirt folded underneath. Be sure to check the leather on the topside for cracking. There may be a bit of creasing and if it's surface it will be fine. It looks like it might have a 14" seat so take a tape measure if you think you need something bigger. Meas. From the base of the horn to the inside edge of the cantle. That is the area you occupy. Check the condition of the stirrup leathers for stretched holes, cracking as you rely on these to not give way. If you like the saddle and think it will work for you, offer $100. Now, if it has a 14 or even 15" seat, these have become much harder to sell because of the large number of larger riders. A lot of new riders want pretty and worry about practical when pretty starts to fall apart.

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