The stirrup bars are also a bit iffy; they are really hard to get a leather under and are immovable. I don't think they're rusty (I haven't looked at the saddle in a bit but I'm bringing it home today), just locked into one place. How can I loosen them up a bit?
About the billets: how much would it cost to have the billets replaced? The stitching is also coming undone a little on the panels, will they be fine (I don't do heavy riding, just once a week and I prob. Won't use that saddle *every* lesson) or does it need to be fixed?