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post #1 of 4 Old 02-15-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Western saddle help!

I recently purchased a used saddle, that ended up being in much worse shape than I originally thought. The tree is sound, and the saddle is solid, but it's incredibly dirty, super dry, and has a few "problems". I'm trying to get it back in decent usable shape, and then either keep or sell it (depending on how it fits). I'm in the process of cleaning it right now, and it's already looking much better. However, there are a couple things that need to be fixed, and I'm unsure as to how to do that. There is nobody in the area who works with saddles, so most of this will have to be done by me.

First of all, here is the saddle. You can see where I already cleaned.


Issue #1: One of the nails sticks out, and keeps the concho from "laying flat". Can I just pound/hammer it back in?


Issue #2: This part/nail/tack (what's the name, anyways?) is loose. Can I just hammer (lightly, of course) that in as well?


Issue #3: Silver. All of the silver on this saddle (conchos, tips and the piece in the picture) is tarnished/chipping off. Where can I buy some new silver? Doesn't have to be super high quality, as long as it doesn't rust/tarnish easily.


Issue #4: Right stirrup. I know I can't fix this myself, but I'm just wondering if it's still safe to ride in it? It's only one stirrup, and it's only at the top.


Issue #5: Left stirrup. I can probably get a cobbler to replace the tread cover, but is it even worth it or should I just get a new pair of stirrups?


Issue #6: Latigo and off billet. The saddle came with an old, ratty nylon latigo and off billet. I'm looking to replace both of those. Should I go with nylon or leather? Any brand/length I should look for or avoid?


I think that's it, for now at least. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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I recently purchased a used saddle, that ended up being in much worse shape than I originally thought. The tree is sound, and the saddle is solid, but it's incredibly dirty, super dry, and has a few "problems". I'm trying to get it back in decent usable shape, and then either keep or sell it (depending on how it fits). I'm in the process of cleaning it right now, and it's already looking much better. However, there are a couple things that need to be fixed, and I'm unsure as to how to do that. There is nobody in the area who works with saddles, so most of this will have to be done by me.

First of all, here is the saddle. You can see where I already cleaned.

Issue #1: One of the nails sticks out, and keeps the concho from "laying flat". Can I just pound/hammer it back in?

Issue #2: This part/nail/tack (what's the name, anyways?) is loose. Can I just hammer (lightly, of course) that in as well?

Issue #3: Silver. All of the silver on this saddle (conchos, tips and the piece in the picture) is tarnished/chipping off. Where can I buy some new silver? Doesn't have to be super high quality, as long as it doesn't rust/tarnish easily.

Issue #4: Right stirrup. I know I can't fix this myself, but I'm just wondering if it's still safe to ride in it? It's only one stirrup, and it's only at the top.

Issue #5: Left stirrup. I can probably get a cobbler to replace the tread cover, but is it even worth it or should I just get a new pair of stirrups?

Issue #6: Latigo and off billet. The saddle came with an old, ratty nylon latigo and off billet. I'm looking to replace both of those. Should I go with nylon or leather? Any brand/length I should look for or avoid?

I think that's it, for now at least. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
1) Conchos should not have nails.... a screw in the center hole is needed that will screw into the bar of the tree

2) Staples, hammer them back in the tree

3) Silver ... maybe google Motana Silversmiths for a Dealer

4) A Cobbeler needs to sew that back together

5) A Cobbler replacing the tread covers would be less expensive I think than stirrups

6) Latigo and off billet, personal preference on whether or not you use leather or nylon

A little TLC and that can be a decent saddle, the original maker is supposed to be a good one

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Thanks for the response! Yes, the conchos have screws, but there are nails under them (to hold the leather thingies). I will check out Montana Silversmith.

And yes, the saddle itself is quite nice. Just a little banged up. :)

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It's starting to look a bit better!


Does anybody know how I can remove the silver "tips" without damaging the leather?

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