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    12-12-2013, 07:44 PM
Western Saddle with Broken Tree

Someone is giving me a Simco 8695 saddle as part of a trade, but it has a badly broken tree - not just cracked, but a large chunk has broken out of it (photo attached).

A tree fell into their tack room after a bad ice storm from what I understand :(

Can something this severe be repaired/replaced?

If it's just parts and decoration now, that's fine, but if I can get it rideable again, I'd hate to see it go to waste.
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    12-12-2013, 07:51 PM
I think its for show now, for the main reason the tree it the building block of the whole saddle.
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    12-12-2013, 08:15 PM
I'd probably say for show only too. It almost looks like the one fender was tore completely out of the saddle. For what Simco's generally go for, you could probably buy a very decent used for the price it would take to fix it up, if it could be fixed.
    12-12-2013, 09:36 PM
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Spend 350-450 to put a tree in it and you would still only have a 200.00 saddle, sorry......

    12-12-2013, 09:53 PM
That is a saddle that needs to go to saddle heaven. As already said, it will cost more than the saddle is worth to have someone take is apart to put a new tree into it.
    12-12-2013, 10:01 PM
Thanks everyone.

That's kind of what I suspected, but it never hurts to ask :)
We have another saddle in desperate need of new fenders, so if these are in good condition I can switch them out.

I bet this would make a great bar stool... Or I've seen where they've been turned into swings before... That might be a fun project. In any case, it will have a good home, even if it's not on the back of a horse anymore.
    12-12-2013, 11:04 PM
It won't even make a bar stool or swing. Remove what you can salvage and dump the remainder. It looks like a lot of mildew in the leather from the pic. Can't tell for sure.
    12-12-2013, 11:39 PM
I've not seen it in person, just in the photo I shared with you all.
Even if it's 100% junk, I'm still getting a good trade on other items, so I'm not too concerned.
I guess I'll know for sure when I make the swap.
    12-14-2013, 05:05 AM
Saddles with broken, green stick fractured, missing chuncks or compresssed trees are not safe to use at all. Salvage the leather parts (if your into repairing leather goods) sell it to a person for home decor only or to a store/restaraunt with a western motif for a few bucks. You can also use it as a practice saddle on a 55 gallon barrel "horse" for fun.

Yes you can use the fenders (salvage) if they are in good shape. They have nothing to do with a tree, I have done this a few times.
    12-18-2013, 10:11 AM
Clean up the fenders and if half decent, advertise on ebay. This is often someone in need of fenders. If not, they make good stout dog collars.

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