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post #11 of 25 Old 12-06-2013, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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I bought that Simco. I'm a lunatic.

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post #12 of 25 Old 12-06-2013, 05:53 PM
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Woohoo! What'd you get it for? If you don't mind sharing. :)
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post #13 of 25 Old 12-06-2013, 07:51 PM
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Tymer, when you talk about a saddle, we get to see pics - an unwritten rule here on HF. Some before you clean it and some of afterwards.
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post #15 of 25 Old 12-06-2013, 08:47 PM
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Just looked at some of the Simco's on ebay (because of the talk on this thread) and I wonder how in the heck do y'all lift the ~ 38 pounds of saddle up?

I've got a 16.2 hand QH and am 5'6" tall, but I still had to find a Western saddle that weighed less than 27 pounds with everything attached to it.


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post #16 of 25 Old 12-07-2013, 04:27 AM
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My friend has an old Simco and I loooove it. Doesn't fit my horse though so I have a stupid trail saddle I can't sell
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post #17 of 25 Old 12-07-2013, 07:05 AM
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wdblevin, you get a milk crate or mounting block so you aren't lifting past that point where your muscles start turning to jelly.

I doubt my Simco weighs 25 lbs. My textan might weigh a little more, bigger skirt. Both have very light trees.

I'm 5'4", my horse is a little over 16 hands.

I do find myself using my 15 lb western endurance saddle most often but it has more to do with the lug from the house to the barn area than the lift to the horse. I have to keep my tack in the house because of sticky fingers in this area.
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post #18 of 25 Old 12-07-2013, 12:31 PM
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wd, stand with your back to the horse's shoulder and swing the saddle side to side a few times to build up momentum, then give it a heave-ho. Tie the stirrups up if you have to because you want your arms extended as you begin the swing.
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post #19 of 25 Old 12-07-2013, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Uuuugh....Now I have to buy a western bridle...And wouldn't a breastplate look nice? Yeah. I need a cowboy hat, boots, and good riding jeans too...Ack! *mixed feelingssssdf,nsdjkf*

I got it for $375 USD with free shipping. I paid a bit more than I would have liked, but I feel good, overall. Here's an album of the pictures from ebay. Sorry for them being sideways...Seller's fault, and I'm lazy.

I honestly feel like I could pretty this up, give it a better ad, and make a profit. The original ad (real quote):

"tooled brown leather - used, but still a lot of life left
Got this at an estate sale and the lady said this is a quarter house saddle. "

I have a horrible feeling I'm going to be getting myself into the tack resale business....ebay is ADDICTING!
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post #20 of 25 Old 12-07-2013, 06:39 PM
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You did well. The saddle is worth every bit what you paid for it. Once you give it a good saddle soaping (my first choice for dark leather is Fiebing's yellow paste with conditioner's, in the can. It brings out a nice mellow glow if you buff it a little with a soft flannel when it's dry. Please invest in a pair of stirrup hobbles, the little straps that strangle the leather just above the stirrup. It does have full qh bars.
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