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    11-03-2011, 09:55 PM
Strange Saddle Fenders Question

Hi. I got this saddle and was wondering if someone might know what kind it is, besides filthy :) I haven't seen fenders like this before. The only thing I can find for ID is a number, 725. It seems like a nice saddle. Well, better once it is cleaned. Thanks.
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    11-03-2011, 11:19 PM
If you don't mind me asking - where on earth did it come from?

I actually like the fender design - it seems like it would be easier to shape the fender/strap and get it to sit comfortably. Its clearly the original design, you can tell from the tooling that it has not been altered - but I've never seen one like it before.

If I had to guess, I'd say it was probably made by a smaller saddlemaker who was experimenting.
    11-03-2011, 11:39 PM
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That's a nice looking saddle. It looks well made. The only thing about saddles with a very large cinch D ring right in front of the edge of the fender is that sometimes the fender edge can get stuck behind the d ring and catch on it and then you can't move your foot/leg forward when you need it, like if horse bucks or such. Probably would not happend since D ring would be really tight with cinched down latigo.
    11-03-2011, 11:40 PM
What size is the seat? Looks like a child's saddle that the fenders have been extended to accommodate a longer legged person.
    11-04-2011, 12:07 AM
Green Broke
I had an old Simco pony saddle (black, with silver dots, like a parade saddle) and it had fenders like that. Unfortunately I don't have photos. But it wouldn't surprise me if it wasn't an older Simco.

With only a number and no maker's stamp, I am fairly certain it is a mass produced saddle vs. a custom saddle. Most private saddle makers seem to stamp their names in several places. Not to mention it just looks like a mass produced saddle (no knock on the saddle, it just doesn't look like a custom to my eyes).
    11-04-2011, 08:55 AM
Thanks for all the info. Oh gosh, I think you are exactly right waresbear. I measured the seat and its a 14. Sold as a 16. Guess it is my fault for not measuring it. At least it was cheap :) It seems to be a well made saddle. Have to clean it up and find out. Hummm, fender extenders. Never heard of such a thing. Thanks again everyone
    11-04-2011, 03:37 PM
Zane, that style of stirrup leather was done on economy saddles. Some one has run the fender quite high. If you can get them to move, bring them down just so there is about 4" above the stirrup bar, room to buckle on a stirrup hobble. When the saddle is that dusty the leather is likely dry and it will likely take two men and an ox to get those stirrup leathers to slide around the tree. Let me know how it goes or if you can't get them to budge.
    11-04-2011, 03:47 PM
Thank you. I will try to do that. Don't know where I will find an ox though :) Yes, I just got it yesterday so haven't done any cleaning on it yet. It is dry. Thanks for the advice. I will let you know how it goes.
    11-04-2011, 06:05 PM
Looks very much like a Simco to me :)
    11-04-2011, 06:49 PM
Some folks include the cantle in the measurement. If you decide to sell, let me know a price and we'll go from there. I have an ox :). I've seen strong men unable to move "frozen" leathers. Since I'm not one of them I had to learn a different way. Any saddlemaker will tell you of bloodied knuckles.

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