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post #21 of 34 Old 04-08-2013, 10:08 AM
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Iseul, the album is labelled arabian saddle. The black saddle in the above pic is not an arabian saddle. There is also a "before" pic of this saddle in the album. BTW, if you want to learn how to stitch, it's not difficult with an awl, the right needles and the heavy thread. There's money to be made in restitching horns. Everything on a factory saddle is chain stitched. Hand stitching is two seperate stitchings so if one thread breaks, the other holds it.
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post #22 of 34 Old 04-08-2013, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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I'll look again when I'm on the computer and not mobile, its too difficult to figure out what is what, lol.

It might be a little easier if I even knew what an awl was..lol.
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Do you know what an ice pick looks like? Like a thick needle stuck in a handle. It open up the existing holes and helps pick the old thread out.
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post #24 of 34 Old 04-09-2013, 06:41 AM Thread Starter
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Ohh, okay. I know what you're talking about now, I think my Nana has one of those.
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I'm half way done with the first coat of conditioner/soap! XD

The leather is in worse shape flexibility wise than the black one..it's taking FOREVER to get enough rubbed in/on to make even a slight difference, lol. There's absolutely nothing aside from the billets that need replaced though. (:

Oh, and it's a 15" seat, even. I think I'm going to sell it for $250 and see what kind of interest I get.

Off to finish the other side now..lol. I may oil as well and then repeat next week..I've yet to decide though.
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Here it is after the first round.(:

I'm going to have another go later this week with a toothbrush, because my fingers and a rag just can't get in some of the places, haha.

And then after that it'll be getting stirrup hobbles, a good oiling, metal cleaning, and maybe possibly and attachment for the back cinch to hook to a girth, lol.


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Oh wow!! If it was a bigger seat, I'd be all over that saddle!!

Question: What have you found is the best way to soften super stuff leather? The under flaps on my Aussie saddle are really stiff from sweat (and me being bad and not maintaining my saddle the way I should *hangs head in shame*) and I'd like to soften them up.
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Iseul, Look at the thickness of leather. Don't expect it to feel soft. Very nice cleaning job. Had I been doing it I'd have cleaned it then resoaped it in 7 days then maybe oiled. Leather needs to have moisture replenished first then maybe oil. You have plenty to be proud of. Feels great huh? Drafty, I use hand soap with lanolin and a brush to clean the sweaty parts. It's an outside job as I use plenty of water. The lanolin is good for the leather. Don't be surprised if the water running off resembles mud. Then saddlesoap the top side.
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.. . I hardly ever ride western, the seat wouldn't fit, and probably wouldn't fit any of my horses... Is it sad that I still want it? It's beautiful! You did awesome!

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post #30 of 34 Old 04-28-2013, 07:07 AM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag, I did opt to let it soak for awhile. I'm going to go back and soap again (I use glycerin soap) and then oil the next day or so.

I'm mostly only worried about the fact that the skirt isn't lying flat still. Doesnt look like it'd hurt much, but it doesn't look as nice, lol.

If the seat was an inch bigger no one would be getting it, lol. I'm assuming it has QH bars (from just looking, I can measure later today), same as what I think my black one had.

Oh, and the seat is beyond soft..omg *drools* It's soft/smooth and feels like it has memory foam sitting underneath, lol.

Oh, and I use saddle soap on both upper and bottom sides of the leather..and everywhere inbetween, lol.

Shoot, I took the hose on "jet" and sprayed the thing down before I even thought about actually going through and touching it, lol. I also did more than one coat of soap. I did about three layers (until it stops absorbing/the white goes away) all over, which is what I did with the black one as well. I have a feeling it may not soak up too much more. I have to dump my water after each section (skirt/fender/stirrup/swells/etc) because the rag (usually a toothbrush >.>) and soap usually make everything brown on the first go around, I wipe that off and use a little less water on the rag and go again, no more brown. Your hand/arm/wrist get real sore after awhile though, lol.
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