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        02-01-2013, 11:01 PM
    Remember it is just as important that it fits the horse she is going to be riding. Finding a saddle that fits your daughter might be the easy part.
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        02-02-2013, 12:49 AM
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    Take a bunch of pics, then show us. Look at the stirrup leathers, the fleece. Try to see what kind of tree. You can always see that up under the cinch ring. Look for cracks. It looks almost like the stirrup leather is missing on the near side. If the fender is part of the stirrup leather, don't buy it. The stirrup strap should be separate with the fender attached to it, not part of it. I don't know if I'm very clear on that.
    I get what you mean, I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for the advice.

    Originally Posted by Iseul    
    Definitely worth looking at, and I agree completely with everything Saddlebag mentioned.

    Also, I just sold my second saddle (I don't like low cantles). I swear it's the same saddle, brand and make, just a different colour and has tooling.
    Mine didn't have a makers mark anywhere, but BOs son has I swear the SAME exact saddle in brown that has a Simco mark on it.

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    Oh good, at least you've given me an idea of what it could be.

    Originally Posted by Mochachino    
    Remember it is just as important that it fits the horse she is going to be riding. Finding a saddle that fits your daughter might be the easy part.

    I might do the wire hanger thing, if I can make it out there before I leave. Or maybe do it with the saddle I use on her now.
        02-02-2013, 08:41 AM
    Green Broke
    It does look like an old Simco or possibly a Bighorn
        02-02-2013, 09:17 AM
    I think a 14" saddle would be huge for most kids your daughter's age...
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        02-02-2013, 09:17 AM
    Green Broke
    But, I will say, if I had the room to store that saddle inside and the money to completely restore it, it has to be an antique. My uncle (42yrs) got it from his great grandpap that got it from someone when he was a kid. Soo..figure everyone lived 60-80yrs, that's around 150-200yrs old.
    I'm kinda bummed I traded it in for things at the saddlery that I could use now..since it could've been handed down to my kids again, but I just don't have the money to fix it.
    I'd see if you can find -any- information on it and take it. Even if it needs a new fender/stirrup leather, that's not a tooo bad fix. A broken or twisted tree would be the only way I'd steer away from another saddle like this, even if I'll never personally use it, haha.
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        02-02-2013, 01:17 PM
    After thinking about it, I might just take it even if it doesn't fit my daughter. I didn't realise it could really be that nice. You're right, I could clean it up and possibly sell it for more, and then be able to afford my daughter the saddle she needs. He's asking $100, so I'll offer $75 and see if he takes it.
        02-02-2013, 01:41 PM
    I'm kinda bias, cause it looks a lot like mine lol.
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        02-02-2013, 02:35 PM
    Oh my gosh! Well I got the saddle for $40, but let's just say the pictures did it major justice and that's why. Haha I'll try to post some pictures in a little bit.
        02-02-2013, 02:55 PM
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        02-02-2013, 06:15 PM
    Here it is. The leather is really dry and cracked, mostly on the fenders. The rest looks like it could clean up nicely. The tree is solid.

    If there was a makers stamp, it's gone now.

    My phone wouldn't let me send the picture of the stirrup that was let out. It is damaged and I'm not sure if it can be repaired or if I should just replace the fenders since they are so dry and cracked. You can see in the second picture how the stirrup leather is damaged, but it's also the bottom part of the fender that tore and a small piece is missing that would have attached to the leather. The fleece could also be replaced.

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