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post #21 of 25 Old 12-07-2013, 06:59 PM
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Very nice saddle :)

I know the feeling of just wanting a western saddle. I was looking around at them when my horse needed a new saddle, but ended up getting a dirt cheap stock saddle instead. I was still thinking of buying a western as well, but then I ended up finding a custom made english trail endurance saddle in the right size for me and my horse for a good price, so I went in the opposite direction! And now that I have 3 saddles, 2 of which aren't getting used, I really can't justify a western.

But very nice saddle. I'm looking forward to seeing it on your horse!
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post #22 of 25 Old 12-07-2013, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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My normal cleaning routine for something that needs a lot of TLC:

1. Glycerin soap (the bar kind) deep cleaning
2. Neatsfoot oil as soon as it's bone dry, rub off excess
3. Clean with a conditioner/cleaner (Lexol, Fiebing's Tack Soap, etc)
4. Lots of love with Pessoa Lederbalsam
5. Clean and condition as necessary after this routine.

The Simco's gonna get all this, plus hardware cleaning, and maybe a bit more, depending.

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post #23 of 25 Old 12-08-2013, 07:28 AM
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Love to see pictures of it all shined up and on your horse.

It's got nice deep tooling, might want to get a soft bristle brush to get the saddle soap into all the little crevices and get the dust out. Cheap shoe polish brush from the dollar store works just fine as long as the bristles are soft enough to not scratch.
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post #24 of 25 Old 12-08-2013, 07:49 AM
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Saddlebag and SueNH, thanks for the hints on getting the saddle up on our boy... I use a mounting block the stand on, but it is still problematic for me due to 'C' level disk problems I have. That is why I got the lightest Western saddle that worked for Chuck and that I could lift without too many issues.

Sorry for the slight thread hijack and back to the topic at hand. ;-D



Tymer, nice saddle. Enjoy!
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post #25 of 25 Old 12-08-2013, 08:34 AM
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Tymer, I've cleaned hundreds of western saddles. Start with just a cleaning and see how that goes. Western are tanned a little differently than English. A key area to clean is the backside of the fender that rubs against the horse's ribs. This is a dirty job you will want to do outside or over a basement drain. Dampen all the the backside of the fender. The reason you dampen the entire piece is to prevent a water line from forming on the top side. Use a nail brush and soap and a bucket of water and using liberal amounts of water go after the dirt. Start at the top of the dirt mark and work your way down. As the dirt starts to lift it will look muddy and will run down the fender. Then start with clean water again starting at the top of the stain to rinse the soap out. Do this until the water running off the fender is clearer. This will take almost a week to dry. The area should be done like this annually altho most of what I work on have never been done and have 20 yrs of dirt embedded. The stain doesn't come out completely but the leather will be much cleaner. Have fun.
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