So looking at buying a used saddle and I was able to bring it home to look it over. Before I even got it out of the truck, I noticed that at the very back of the skirt, where it would rest on the horse's rear-end, the leather and sheepskin pad are split apart. In other words, if you had the saddle sitting on the horn, the skirt itself is split about 4-5 inches. Since this is my first horse and I've never purchased a saddle before, I'm wondering is this normal? It seems like it could keep on splitting and then the underbelly of the saddle would be in two pieces. Thanks for any advice. They want $700 for this saddle (Rocking R Saddle) and I'm wondering if it should even be for sale if it is already split.
If you could post a picture, that would be helpful. But as far as I know, they are stitched behind the can't (the rear of the seat part). The flat part that sits on the horse is the skirt, and the back of that is what is stitched, normally.
Rocking R's are decent-I love mine, but the back is NOT split.
Thanks--I tried doing a google search but had no luck. What's odd is it is the first thing I noticed when I looked at the saddle. It is one that the barn manager put in my truck for me and they are selling it for another boarder. I don't think it is supposed to be split but then I thought maybe it is that way so the saddle has more spread in it if placed on a broad horse? I have no idea! Thanks for the quick answer!
Well, it was getting dark when he put it in my truck and the saddle itself has been in storage and belongs to another boarder there. Its still in my truck so I can't post pictures since it is dark outside but the split is there and it is not stitched. It is basically split into two pieces but the two pieces are so close that you don't really even notice it. I was able to easily seperate the two halves. There is nothing holding those two halves together. I hope that they would not try to sell me a saddle that was broke--they've been great so far and very helpful.