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post #1 of 4 Old 11-24-2012, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow Saddle Restoration?

Hey Guys!
I decided to post this separately from my other thread, since it's a whole different subject. I hope it's in the right place.

So, I had a saddle given to me by a good friend two days ago. I've been looking around for a western saddle for 4-H this year, and my friend just so happened to have one sitting around. It's a nice saddle, but has definitely seen better days. It has been sitting for a couple years, and was (and still slightly is, I ran out of saddle soap!) coated in dust. One of the leg flaps (where the stirrups attach, not sure what to call it?) has torn off completely, and the padding that is normally on the underside of the saddle is very worn. There are plenty places where the stitching needs to be fixed up, and the leather strip that you use for the cinch is cracked and torn in places. I was wondering if there is anyone on here that works with leather that could help me out? I'm wondering if it is even worth fixing up, or if I could go buy a better saddle for cheaper?

Sorry for so many pictures! I was trying to show the leg flap, where it was attached, and the bottom of the saddle, the cinch flap and some of the stitching. I hope you can see them, they aren't very good.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-24-2012, 08:42 PM
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Fender is the word you are looking for :) that is what attaches the stirrup to the saddle.
On top of that I am guessing you will also need a brand new fender - two if you want them to match.
Patience to fix the fenders correctly and re-thread them into their slots.
you're going to need a new latigo tie strap (thats the cracked thing...I wouldnt dare use it as-is).
If the first picture is of fleece missing and the other one of fleece coming off? I would suggest talking to a pro saddler to fix it and ask about prices. Around here it runs 300$ to refleece a western saddle with real fleece (im in tx on the NM/TX state line). To at least repair the fleece that is coming off you'll need permenant cement...but its best to just replace it as you'll have a spot missing completely.
You'll also need stirrup hobbles/hobble straps (they go right above the stirrup and prevent the extra stirrup leather from dangling and getting caught)
Saddle soap and saddle conditioner.
8th pic down of the repair job on the leahter doesnt seem to be a big deal...itd cost more to have someone fix it than to just leave it if its on the skirt.

All in all...I'd start adding things up of what you need (basically what I just listed). It'll take a lot of time, some money, and a whole bunch of patience. It can be done but if you are not the patient type, it might just be simpler on your pocket book AND your sanity to try and buy one that doesnt need repairs.
ive re-done a lot of saddles and it really just takes time money and patience. But sometimes some saddles are beyond the repair capabilities of certain people. And its up to you to decide whether its in your capabilities to fix it or not.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-24-2012, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!
That is exactly what I was looking for :)
Do you think it would possible to re-attach the fender that is broken?
I like the engraved leather, and it would probably cost a lot extra to redo something similar. There are two leather shops in my town, I was planning on taking them there, so the patience is more up to them... haha :P I think the fleece would probably be ok to use as long as I have a thick saddle pad, do you agree?
Thank you for your help, this is definitely not my area of work!

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-25-2012, 12:02 AM
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might be, but I can't really let you know from pictures. The leather shops might beable to tell you for sure.

a thicker saddle pad - with any saddle - is more of a band-aid to cover up the problem rather than fixing it. Depending on where the missing sheepskin is it could not be a problem at all or could be like the princess and the pea.

I would ask a saddler or someone who repairs saddles in your area what they think. Because again, pictures arent as good as real life. I can only tell you what I see via the pics :) Leather shops might be able to help you even further. I am more of a hands-on type of person...wont know if its fixable till i try :)
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