What can I do with this old saddle?

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    06-20-2009, 01:23 AM
What can I do with this old saddle?

I have been gifted with a western saddle. It's been sitting (flat X| ) on an attic floor for nearly 20 years, no idea what care/use it had before that. I don't know what to do with it. I don't know anything about it, if it's got any value, if it's worth repairing (or is even repairable), or if I should just see if anyone needs a prop for their drama class... So, I come to you with pictures. Do you know anything about this saddle and what would you do with it? It's stiff and sorta weird looking because the skirts are all out sideways from the way it was stored. It doesn't seem to flex anywhere it shouldn't, but saddles are not my strong suit. Seems like a wide tree, but not sure it that could just be warp-age or if it's actually wide, or how to tell the difference. Most of the leather seems pretty okay, if in need of a good cleaning and conditioning.

Just wiped the worse of the dust off with a damp cloth

Some sort of ID stamp?

You can see the stirrup leathers are thrashed

Broken stiches and leather around the off side cinch attachment (I'm sure there's a real name for that metal piece)

And similar damage to the near side, but the bolt-y bits are pulled through the leather too.
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    06-20-2009, 01:33 AM
I don't know. You might take it to your local saddle maker or maybe an antique dealer. If they don't know by looking at it, surely they would be able to look it up. From the look, not a bad saddle just a little worse for wear. :) Could possibly be a gaited saddle??? MAYBE
    06-20-2009, 09:53 AM
From what I can see and based on your description, I would relegate it to "prop" status. The leather looks terribly dry (possibly dry rotted) and the stitching is coming apart from the dryness. I don't believe that the saddle is of any significant historical value by a known maker, but is just an old saddle.

Please don't take offense to my opinion but I don't believe it is a safe saddle to ride in or worth the expense to repair if it is even possible.
    06-20-2009, 10:50 AM
My dad rides a saddle that looks just like that he got it new in the early 70's I remeber it was a big deal to get a new saddle as he was riding his fathers saddle until that time it is a very comfortable saddle to ride
    06-20-2009, 12:39 PM
No offence taken at all, iridehorses! That was kind of my thought as well. Last thing I would want to do is either have the cinch attachments break while riding or pay more to fix this thing than it would cost for a new or good condition used saddle!
    06-20-2009, 05:02 PM
Green Broke
I would first clean it well and oil it about a dozen times, lol. Then condition it. Take it to a local saddle shop and see what the repair costs would be. If they're under $100 and you plan on keeping the saddle, then I think it would definitely be worth it. The seat and fleece is in good condition and the rest of the leather really doesn't look bad.

If you're planning on selling it though, I doubt it would be worth it. You might see about donating it to a rescue or therapeutic riding center, so they can have the repairs done and keep it to use.

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