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    07-24-2013, 11:33 AM
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Weanling
Western saddle a bit far from home!

Hey guys!

My boss recently acquired a western saddle - here in the UK they are very few and far between. It has been gorgeously...decorated? I can't think of the word, but it is very ornate, and a beautiful deep red/brown colour.

It came to us very VERY dusty, and obviously hadn't seen much love in rather a while, but it's being oiled once a day every day this week, so hopefully it'll be gorgeous in no time

Anyhoo, onto the question - what type of saddle is this, and what do you think it'll be worth?

Attaching a few photos (or more than a few ) Sorry about the crappy quality - phone camera!
     
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    07-24-2013, 11:38 AM
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The word is "tooled". That is a Simco, and it looks like it's a show saddle.
Don't over oil it. It's very beautiful. What is on the horn that is white? Is it a kind of leather wrapped around the horn? If so, it could be mule hide, as some roping saddles are wrapped that way.

Looking closer, that's a removeable horn cover, right? Made out of sheepskin?

That saddle looks like the type made in the 1970's , with the wide, sharp forks. Not sure the correct name for that.
     
    07-24-2013, 11:42 AM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
the word is "tooled". That is a Simco, and it looks like it's a show saddle.
Don't over oil it. It's very beautiful. What is on the horn that is white? Is it a kind of leather wrapped around the horn? If so, it could be mule hide, as some roping saddles are wrapped that way.

Looking closer, that's a removeable horn cover, right? Made out of sheepskin?

That saddle looks like the type made in the 1970's , with the wide, sharp forks. Not sure the correct name for that.
It's a cover of some sorts, made out of a soft hide material, it slides off relatively easily.

Thanks for the info! We were going to fit it to one of our 20 horses to try it out a few times just for giggles (bit of a novelty in rural Devon ), then see if we could find a buyer for it, which is why I was curious about value.
     
    07-24-2013, 11:43 AM
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The fenders are probably dropped down too far. They are on a "loop" around the stirrup bar of the saddle, so you can rotate them (like a conveyer belt) so that the metal stud that you see at the top of the fender goes up under the jockey (under where you thigh would rest) and is hidden. To do this, unbuckle the leather strap that goes around the bottom part of the whole fender/stirrup thing. That strap is called a "stirrup hobble". Then you will see how the fender/stirrup is one continuous loop and you can slide it so that the top is positioned higher. Then reattach the stirrup hobble.
     
    07-24-2013, 11:47 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
the fenders are probably dropped down too far. They are on a "loop" around the stirrup bar of the saddle, so you can rotate them (like a conveyer belt) so that the metal stud that you see at the top of the fender goes up under the jockey (under where you thigh would rest) and is hidden. To do this, unbuckle the leather strap that goes around the bottom part of the whole fender/stirrup thing. That strap is called a "stirrup hobble". Then you will see how the fender/stirrup is one continuous loop and you can slide it so that the top is positioned higher. Then reattach the stirrup hobble.
Thank you for all the info! I will write that down and take it into work tomorrow, and sort it out then You've been very helpful.
     

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