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post #1 of 20 Old 08-12-2013, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
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Western Saddle Repair Questions

First of all, I'm an English rider. The Western is my husband's and I don't know much about it, so I'll try not to sound completely clueless :)

There is a strap that's broken on the saddle, actually chewed through from where it had been poorly stored for about 20 years before it came to us.

It's the one that holds the stirrup, but from the underside. Not the big leather flap with all of the designs, the little one it joins to.

Questions:
1.) What is that strap called?
2.) Are they expensive?
3.) Would it be a home-fix or do I take it to a pro?

I can get pictures/saddle info if needed.

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post #2 of 20 Old 08-12-2013, 09:51 PM
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There is a strap (stirrup leathers) that goes all the way around the saddle tree, one end has the Fender attached to it, the other end is used for adjusting the length of the Fenders and completes the loop.

This is something most people cannot fix themselves, you can buy a pair of new Fender Assemblies which have the straps attached to the Fender for about 150.00-175.00 or you may find a Cobbler or Saddle repair shop to install a New Strap and re-attach the old fender for maybe 75.00 to 100.00.

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That is the stirrup leather. The big leather flap is called a fender. I need a pic of how the fender is attached at the top which will be either copper rivets or a leather strip done up in a triangle. I also need to see how the stirrup adjusts and we'll go from there. The stirrup leathers are available for sale and I think will cost less than $50 for one. And yes, you can probably replace it yourself if hubby has copper rivets.
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As others have said it's the stirrup leather, which can be removed from the fender and replaced. You could probably do it from home, but I've heard attaching a stirrup leather to a western tree can be a little tricky if you haven't done it before, so I'd probably consider a saddler.

If it's not chewed all the way through you, you might be able to get it reinforced. I had an old saddle and the leathers were pretty worn so a saddler sewed a webbing backer all along it to reinforce it, rather than replacing them all.
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I'll get some pictures sometime tomorrow. That should clear up the exact details.
Thanks :)
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As others have said it's the stirrup leather, which can be removed from the fender and replaced. You could probably do it from home, but I've heard attaching a stirrup leather to a western tree can be a little tricky if you haven't done it before, so I'd probably consider a saddler.

If it's not chewed all the way through you, you might be able to get it reinforced. I had an old saddle and the leathers were pretty worn so a saddler sewed a webbing backer all along it to reinforce it, rather than replacing them all.
PLEASE...never do this. Any quality saddle smith would never patch stirrups leathers, they should be replaced
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The webbing backer was probably just as strong as the original leather. We are seeing English leathers backed with webbing. This can actually reduce stretch.
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It can be pretty easily replaced at home if you've got all the right tools.

To buy just a regular set of new leathers without the fender is relatively cheap; $50 to $75, depending on width (2.5 or 3 inches).

You just have to remove the rivets from the old leathers, you can do that with a punch or a sharp drill bit.

Then, you can use the holes on the fenders as a guide to punch new holes and set new rivets to hold it all together. The hardest part of the whole thing is getting the new leather threaded over the tree.

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Here's a couple photos:

1.) The strap that is chewed through. It looks like it runs from the fender, up around part of the tree and then back out again.

2.) The buckle on the other side. I can't figure out how to fasten it so it won't pull out. Can someone show me a picture of this done up correctly?

The brand of the saddle is "Easy Rider" if that makes any difference at all.
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post #10 of 20 Old 08-14-2013, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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One more question -

The small leather strap that wraps around the loop where the stirrup hangs, like a tiny belt - What's it called?
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