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post #1 of 16 Old 01-24-2012, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Used Saddle question-Split skirt normal?

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.
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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.

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Tell you what-do a search of Rocking R saddles-see what they show you.

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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!
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Here is their catalog.

Rocking R Saddlery: Catalog

I find the spell check here frustrating when it comes to this brand of saddles. It CONSISTENTLY makes the letter "R" into "are" as it posts....looks fine to me when I press "submit".....

On a side note-if your barn manager is trying to sell you on this saddle and it is split in the back-I would have a really hard time trusting their knowledge. Sure hope they know more about horses.

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It's not a Rocking R saddle, is it? Rocking R Saddlery: Catalog

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It's normal for Western saddle to have that "split" up the back of the skirt. The skirt is two pieces, anyway. They are usually stitched or laced together.

Post a pic of your new used saddle.
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From what she makes it sound like the stitching isn't there-otherwise it wouldn't be coming apart, would it?

Guess I wasn't clear-mine is 2 pieces of leather, stitched together behind the back of the seat (cantle.).

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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.
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