Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Considering the condition of the saddle, and based on the pictures, I would soak the saddle with warm oil (as has been mentioned above) but I would take the saddle to a repair shop to have it checked over well due to the type of rigging. There is a lot of stress on that type of rigging and you don't want it breaking when you are mounted.
In addition, the sheepskin absolutely needs to be replaced as well as adding stirrup hobbles and replacing the billets. Ultimately you may find that it is a nice saddle for display but unsafe to ride.
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