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post #1 of 4 Old 03-17-2012, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Project

Well..I know I posted some pictures of the saddle when I got it from my uncle. It was just sitting in his old cattle barn for years since they moved there and he brought it with, and he gave it to me a few months ago. I've finally got around to seeing what needs fixed and cleaning it. Just spent the morning after an Oram's donut cleaning the thing and finding out we need a new hose..but regardless.

I could've swore it was a dark leather..but nope, it's black, clear as day now, haha. I'm excited to go get the Blevins buckles and the strap replaced, ordering silver conchos for the 6 spots and putting new leather strips on the back two, getting some black stirrups, and getting a tack set to go with it. I've already decided on hunter green. :p

But, without further ado:
Also, excuse the garbage can stand. I don't have a saddle rack yet (use the one at the barn for my other saddle) and it's been sitting in my garage on a plastic bin.



I have yet to go over the metal and clean that up, but I'll get to that when I'm not dripping sweat (it's still winter, mind you!).

Also..Any idea what kind of saddle it is?
It looks like a decent quality saddle, but there's no makers mark on it anywhere I can see.

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post #2 of 4 Old 03-17-2012, 09:38 PM
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I have a very similar old parade saddle and I think mine is a Simco. Mine is not marked either. Mine has a tiny stamp of a flower in the center of the horn, which I read somewhere is a Simco characteristic. I don't think I see that on your horn, but with an old saddle it may be hard to tell. They DO have the exact same border pattern. So I bet whatever company it is, they made both of ours. Because that's kind of an unusual border pattern compared to what I am used to seeing.

Mine is VERY narrow in the gullet/bars. I have yet to find a horse that it fits well. So that is something you will want to pay attention to in case yours is the same way. I have no idea of course if yours is the same, it might fit great. And it depends on your horse too. I always thought mine would fit best on a starving Thoroughbred (joking of course!).

Mine could be a touch older. It has a slick seat and higher cantle. I thought I had pictures on this computer but I can't locate them. If I find them I will show you what mine looks like.

Oh, and you mentioned Blevins buckles. Did yours come with Blevins style buckles? My stirrup leathers just lace together. At first I thought it was missing something and my friend who is much older than me said "no, saddles used to come that way."
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post #3 of 4 Old 03-17-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah..I thought the border was unique, haha. The horn is completely smooth though, so no flower mark. I can tell where everything else that was marked was (some of the border that's a bit "faded" underneath), so I don't think it's just been rubbed.

It is a bit narrow, but I'm also use to only FQHBs. It seems a bit wider than my friend's Semi-QH bars, so I think it'll be okay for some of the horses I get on. I've had it on Lucky right after I got it and it seemed to fit decently, but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for any rubs or soreness from it.

The only thing I really don't like about the saddle is the fact that the cantle is inch high, lol. I like my 4" high cantles <3

It did actually come with the Blevins style buckles. But, I did manage to pry open the buckle that wouldn't budge any other time I tried, haha. I scraped all the rust out and it works just as smoothly as any of the other saddles I've been in. :p So, no more searching for the Amish and dreading how much it was going to cost. xD Though, I did realize it doesn't have stirrup hobbles, so I'll have to get a pair of those, or keep changing the ones from my roping to this when I change saddles for whatever reason.

The leather is still a little stiff, but I've been working on it all day, lol. I'm now going over everything with a soft bristle toothbrush with the saddle soap, and then I'll be oiling it before I head out to the barn to ride and brag about it tomorrow morning, lol. I also ended up going over the metal with a knife and gently scraping off some of the rust/tarnish/etc that was stuck to the studs and the rigging.

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Very nice job, well done. When leather comes back that nicely it's quite gratifying. The diamonds may be a thin coat of nickle over brass. If they don't clean up with a damp cloth, then consider just buffing them with a soft cloth. You might find some ID up under the fender. If not then it may have been a department store mail order saddle which was common years ago. One could even buy the matching bridle and breastplat. The bridle had a wide browband and noseband with lots of diamonds. It was an early parade saddle.
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