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post #1 of 10 Old 06-11-2013, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Western saddle - exposed fork?

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Came across a western saddle with a "unique" (at least to me) build. It has the fork generally exposed ie. No leather on it. Has anyone else seen this? Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I've included photos below



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post #2 of 10 Old 06-11-2013, 07:25 PM
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Subbing...I've never seen that before either. Curious. Welcome to the forum, by the way, hansol.
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First off, howdy and welcome to the forum .

It appears to me that the tree has been wrapped in rawhide, so the wood of the tree is not exactly exposed. So long as the wood is protected, then it's really just a matter of aesthetics. That style isn't terribly common, but I have seen a few saddles that were similar.

For example:
http://www.saddledomain.com/755-Amer...er-Saddle.html

http://www.saddledomain.com/757-Amer...er-Saddle.html

http://saddledomain.com/American-Sad...er-Saddle.html


Although, the saddle that you posted, I'd be much more concerned about the overall quality of the saddle as it appears to be fairly low-end. The leather appears cheap/thin and there are some other markers that make me think it's a poorly made saddle.

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It kind looks like a copy of some of the Rawhide Roping Saddles several manufactures make/made

Here is one from American Saddlery http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/thesaddleshop_2265_31233661


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First off, howdy and welcome to the forum .

It appears to me that the tree has been wrapped in rawhide, so the wood of the tree is not exactly exposed....
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Now that type of saddle I have seen before. I thought OP's saddle was actual wood with a high gloss protective finish over it???
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Yeah, rawhide treated a certain way will have the amber colored translucent appearance that the OP's has.

Usually, the wood of the tree is shellaced to protect it from the wetness of the rawhide as it's applied



Then, after the rawhide is dried, they shellac it too, giving it the shiny, darker, translucent, amber colored appearance




The reason I knew it was rawhide is that you can also see a couple of wrinkles in the back of the forks, in the gullet, on either side of where the horn wrap comes down.
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Ahhh okay that makes a bit more sense then. So it's not a matter of "good/bad" with regards to saddle design/longevity, just more of a "styling" thing I gather?

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It's a poorly made saddle, low quality leather. Good display saddle. They way it is built, the rider has a real tough time getting the feet into the stirrups.
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Why do you say that? If it's just the "feet-in-stirrups" thing, do a Hamley Twist...

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It's a poorly made saddle, low quality leather. Good display saddle. They way it is built, the rider has a real tough time getting the feet into the stirrups.

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Sorry just realized how confrontational my post sounded; definitely not my intent. Just looking to hear why you thought that :)
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