I have an old saddle that I am looking into having repaired, but I'm not really sure if it would be worth it or not. It's in pretty rough shape, the leather is cracked in several places, the seams at the bottom edge of the flaps are coming undone and the padding is showing on one side. The leather is also very stiff and dry, and will take a lot of effort to work back to suppleness.
The main thing I am concerned about is that I have been told that in saddles as old as mine they used to pad the bottom with a wool lining. I had never heard of wool padding being built onto a saddle like that before and I was wondering if it would be possible to have it repadded, because it has rotted away on mine.
I don't think there are any structural problems with the saddle, it is just quite old and has not been used in years. Of course, even if there were structural problems I probably wouldn't be able to tell on my own.
So, does anyone have any tips? I'd rather not pay the price of a new saddle to have this old one repaired, and if I can't have it repaired for under $300-$400 or so I'd rather just not repair it at all.
Also, I'd like to hear your opinions on leather conditioning products. I've heard that Neatsfoot oil isn't good for saddles in a condition like mine. Do you have any suggestions?