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post #1 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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Putting Fenders Back On

How do you get fenders back on a western saddle? I've tried a bunch of different ways but the leather just won't bend around the slot, the saddle is for sale and don't think anyone will buy it without the fender on.

Any items? I wish there was a saddler around here.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 10:19 AM
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The one time I did it, I attached a thin strip of leather to the outside of the fender and threaded it thru the slot first. That then forced the fender to bend as I fed it thru.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 10:46 AM
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I've done it by threading baler twine through a hole in the fender, thread it on under the bar, and pull trough.
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post #4 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 11:14 AM
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Lots of grunting and sweating. Try pushing the leather tro the slot until it comes out the air channel. Turn the saddle over and feed back down between the skirt and the bar.
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Yeah so far I've gave myself a fat lip trying (string broke and managed to punch myself rather hard in the mouth), but it's an expensive saddle so I'm not giving up.

Back to trying now the blood has stopped!
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AHA, I found it, I found this method on a board, and it works.

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I hate giving away my secrets. If you have 2 tall plastic containers-cottage cheese type, cut off tops and bottoms. Now you have two smooth pieces of plastic that want to curl - great. Turn your saddle upside down with the skirts tipped away from the side you want to work on. Sandwich your leather between these pieces of plastic and it will easily push thro. Then working from the air channel, slide the plastic in between the skirt and the tree, slide your leather between the plastic pieces and it will easily slide thro. I'd fought with a few and knew there had to be a better way.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 02:25 PM
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Golden, that sure looks like an old thread of mine
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Golden, that sure looks like an old thread of mine
It was a thread from many moons ago it does work, and now I have to pm you.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-28-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone I got the fender on, sadly only to find out the belvin buckle is beyond repair and a back strap of the fender(don't know the name of it) is too worn through to be safe.

Any one know where to get leather premade fenders in Canada? Or else I am going to have to junk the saddle or give it away needing fenders, which I really don't want to do, it's a really nice saddle and was worth a fair amount.
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