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    12-01-2012, 03:10 AM
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Refurbishing and Selling Saddles?

So..I can completely turn around old, beat up western saddles and was wondering if English would be taken care of the same way?
I have shows and tack shops that buy for decent prices on saddles and thought about getting a few cheap, well-used saddles (English and western), fixing them up, and reselling them.

I plan to do my homework on good English brands (know the western already lol) and how much they tend to sell for and set up a price for them at shows and such..but, is there anything special that an English saddle needs as opposed to western? I know the flocking is done differently, but otherwise would they be fixed up relatively the same?
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    12-01-2012, 08:33 AM
I've never had any involvement with Western saddles but English are mostly stitching and tacking which I assume is very similar. English trees are not, I believe, as ruggedly built as Western so are more likely to warp or break. You'll need to identify these when buying (not as easy as you might think in the case of twisted trees) because they most often can't be repaired safely or economically.

But the main problem you'll have is the flocked panel. It's really easy to over or under stuff a panel or flock it unevenly. Do you know anyone who could show you the basics of how it's done? It's not THAT difficult, but if you're selling on to dealers it needs to be right.
    12-01-2012, 08:46 AM
Agree. English are much more difficult, IMO to tell if a tree is warped or broken, etc. I find the western ones much more straight forward. Also, remember that English are measured differently. I have done western saddles also, but not English. The only ones of those I have sold are my own. The issue I have is shipping.....SO expensive, but if you are going to have a booth or something, that won't be an issue, altho it limits your market a bit.

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