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        04-07-2013, 10:18 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I think it mainly depends on how the leather held up and if anything is actually broken.

    With that black saddle I ended up trading it for $100 in merchandise because I couldn't do the stitching it needed for me to finish it myself.

    With this saddle, the leather still looks relatively supple and not cracked (on the upperside anyway) so I have a feeling after wiping, soaping, and oiling it should come back to life pretty well.

    As long as the tree is sound and none of the leather has more than just cosmetic cracks, nothing should actually need to be replaced, from what I found.

    I personally try to stay away from anything needing stitching, replaced parts (such as fenders), broken horns, etc because they end up costing more than I could get for the saddle when I'm done with it.

    But, if you aren't worried about making money off it (like I'm attempting, haha) and want to use it yourself, I'd say go for it. I found it extremely relaxing to soap and oil the black saddle. I'm still bummed I traded it in when I know so much of the history on it, at least 100yrs. I didn't like how it felt to sit in though..so it really wasn't too much use to me when I could use what I traded it for.
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        04-07-2013, 11:20 AM
      #12
    Showing
    If you go into My Albums Big Horn Arabian saddle, the black saddle is a B & A. I can't figure out how to download the pics here.
         
        04-07-2013, 12:01 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    The black saddle I re-did? Or did you re-do yours?

    Sorry, I'm still half asleep today, lol.
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        04-07-2013, 12:11 PM
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    Green Broke


    Just trying to help,
         
        04-07-2013, 12:16 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Ohhh, okay. Shoot..No wonder the bars were wonky on my black one xD I kept trying it on like 10 different horses seeing if it'd fit, no arabian built horses around here though, haha.
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        04-07-2013, 11:48 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Got it!

    Tree is sound but my god..I have not a clue on HOW he measured the seat as a 19/20"..It's maybe a 14.5" xD

    Ill get pictures tomorrow on my lunch break. (: It's currently floating around my truck bed until I get home after work tomorrow and get my rack out of the garage and find somewhere to put it so it doesn't get rained on..lol. I'm hoping it doesn't rain tomorrow because I'd really rather not put it in my freshly cleaned bench in the back..If I must I will..but goodness it's FILTHY!!! Lol
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        04-08-2013, 09:09 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Soo..pictures!
    I absolutely love the tooling, love the back cinch, and it's a model number 1535..anyone have idea on brand? Lol




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        04-08-2013, 09:42 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    Oh my gosh, that is absolutely stunning! It's so detailed and just... wow.
         
        04-08-2013, 10:55 AM
      #19
    Showing
    NEVR can you post the faded "before" version? Thanks for posting the "after". Iseul, I can't tell you the brand altho I'm leaning toward Big Horn, but I can tell you it's late 60's-early 70's by the style of the cantle and the cinch ring. Look at the thickness of leather on the fenders. You seldom see that anymore. The tooling is machine embossed. The way to tell is there will be little imprint on the forks. A handtooled saddle will have the forks done after the leather has been worked onto the forks.
         
        04-08-2013, 11:01 AM
      #20
    Showing
    Tracer, always start with saddle soaping. Give it 7 days to allow time for the moisture to sink in, then repeat. For saddles like this my preference is Fiebing's yellow paste. It contains a conditioner. It also emparts a nice mellow glow. Can you post some "before" pics? We need a seperate thread to show off our work as it is something to be proud of.
         

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