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    05-09-2014, 05:44 PM
New saddle! A few questions.

So I got myself a new saddle finally. And I'm in love. A friend traded my old Wintec I outgrew for this King Saddle. The King was to heavy for her to lift onto her 17.2 Tennessee Walker so was almost never used. No biggie for me and my little Quarab.

Its a 16 inch Semi-QH bars King Endurance Saddle.

It fits Star great and we went out for an hour ride or so and I loved it. But it has a few issues as will any saddle that's been sitting for a few years.

The stirrups are stuck. I can't get them to adjust and they are two holes or so to long for me. Any suggestions to unstick them? Or should I just attack them with WD-40?

It's DIRTY. It doesn't look to bad in pictures but my legs and butt were pretty filthy. I've never owned a leather saddle before. I'm normally a synthetic girl. So any suggestions on what to use?

My pad. Where the rigging extends down so far is their a special pad to use with it? I have about 15 pads an only this one went down far enough to cover the rigging.

Here is my beautiful girl modeling.

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    05-10-2014, 08:27 PM
    05-10-2014, 09:05 PM
Mmmm, doesn't look like a great fit to me, sorry, but it looks a bit wide, causing it to sit to far down in the front. I'm not the saddle fit guru though.

Cleaning, outside with a bucket of warm water with Murphys oil soap in it and a big sponge, then just wash it all off, lots of gentle rubbing to loosen the dirt, it may even help your stuck stirrups. Then WD40 in the metal work and see if you can work them apart.

Then a good rinse with clean water, and let stand until it has dried a little, then you can start work with a clean sponge and saddle soap to feed the leather and make it look good. Finish with a light coat of Passier Lederbalsm and you should be good on the cleaning front, but maybe not with the fitting.
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    05-10-2014, 09:27 PM
This advice is for a leather saddle. No WD. If it hasn't been properly cleaned in a long time, the stirrup leathers have dried out some where it goes around the tree. Round up a strong man and have him pull on the stirrup leather with one hand while pushing the fender up with the other. Have his push the fender up as high as possible to give you access to the bend. Give both sides a good saddle soaping mainly to replenish the moisture. Leave it for a few hours and repeat. It takes time for it to soak in and soften. Leave until dry before the final adjustment. Always leave enough room at the bottom of the fender to take a stirrup hobble (strap).
    05-13-2014, 12:41 PM
^ That. Or put the saddle on the floor (carpet) and brace one foot on it and pull on the stirrup leather. If you can get enough muscle on it, it should move. Then what I do is put a lot of Bick 4 on the stirrup leather and work it back and forth until it decided that it wants to slide. I'm not a huge Bick 4 fan, but it has some kind of wax in it that seems to reduce the friction so that the leathers slide more easily. They get stuck because people never move or change them. If the leather is drying out, that only makes them stick more resolutely.
    05-13-2014, 01:24 PM
LOL, I was figuring rusted blevins for sticking stirrups, that is why I went with the suggestion of WD 40, if it is the leather that is stuck, then lots of soap and water!
    05-13-2014, 01:56 PM
Do not be in a hurry - if the leather has not been nourished for a long time then it will take a bit of time to get it back to normal - if you try to hurry things along you may just end up damaging the leather.

Saddle soap and warm water to clean and then plenty of grease - if you use oil do so sparingly as too much can damage the leather . Repeat this process for a few days and then see if things can be adjusted without resorting to too much force.
    05-13-2014, 02:05 PM
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I agree with Golden; the fit is questionable. Can you post photos of it on her back without a pad, at various angles? It looks too wide in front. Or, you need to use the rear ring to turn it into center fired rigging, for which it has been designed.

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