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        02-02-2013, 07:17 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    My daughter sitting in the saddle.
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        02-03-2013, 02:32 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    For the $$-I think you got a deal! Clean it, condition it, & see what you have then. Reminds me of styles that were popular in the 50's.
         
        02-03-2013, 03:08 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    I think you're right. I cleaned and conditioned it last night and it made quite a difference. I'm thinking I will just replace the fenders with plastic youth fenders since I can't seem to make these ones budge anyway. The metal piece that locks into the holes doesn't seem to fit in the holes anymore, so that's a problem too. I'll hang on to the old ones though because if I ever feel like it, I know you can have new fenders made and they can recreate the tooling pattern.
         
        02-03-2013, 05:53 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    What I did with my blevins buckles was pry them open and scrape the rust off. The buckles are probably perfectly fine, just rusty.

    But, any chance I could take it off your hands for double now? Lol
    I think $40 was an amazing deal, definitely worth more than that.

    I think you're daughter looks great in it, especially once you get the youtg fenders and she can reach them xD
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        02-03-2013, 07:25 PM
      #25
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    Please don't put junk fenders on a nice saddle. I guess it's up to you though. You can get some decent rough out fenders that might look alright on that saddle. It looks like the left is missing the buckle? They aren't hard to replace, though the fenders may still be too long for your little one. Now that I think of it, I think a buddy of mine has a set of youth fenders in his trailer. If you're interested let me know and I can go check an get ya pics. I like your saddle. Is it heavy?
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        02-03-2013, 07:57 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Iseul    
    What I did with my blevins buckles was pry them open and scrape the rust off. The buckles are probably perfectly fine, just rusty.

    But, any chance I could take it off your hands for double now? Lol
    I think $40 was an amazing deal, definitely worth more than that.

    I think you're daughter looks great in it, especially once you get the youtg fenders and she can reach them xD
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    The problem isn't the buckle, they're definitely old but not really rusty. The holes on the leather don't line up with the buckle anymore. They're probably just warped from not being taken care of.

    You never know, it still might not fit my horse right, so then I'll need to get rid of it.

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    Originally Posted by Phly    
    Please don't put junk fenders on a nice saddle. I guess it's up to you though. You can get some decent rough out fenders that might look alright on that saddle. It looks like the left is missing the buckle? They aren't hard to replace, though the fenders may still be too long for your little one. Now that I think of it, I think a buddy of mine has a set of youth fenders in his trailer. If you're interested let me know and I can go check an get ya pics. I like your saddle. Is it heavy?
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    I really don't want to, but I can't afford fenders that cost $150 or more. She just needs to be able to reach. I would love leather fenders. If you think your friends would look good on this saddle and they could part with them for under $100, please do ask.

    It's not too heavy, it weighs about the same as my Billy Cook barrel saddle.
         
        02-03-2013, 08:35 PM
      #27
    Showing
    If the fenders are attached to the stirrup leathers and the stirrup leathers are in good shape, then the fenders will be fine. They are sweat flaps. You could sink a lot of money into this saddle and it's still a sow's ear. I believe it's Mexican made. New fleece professionally installed will run between $200 and $275 depending on whether you go with sheepwool or synthetic fleece. If I had better pics I'd have a better idea of what needs fixing and what you can get away with. Undo the screws at the base of the forks and ease the seat upward. This will give you better access to where the leather wraps around the bars. Rub a wettish sponge into some saddle soap and dampen the leather, the top 6" or so. Even rub a little neats foot on it. (you're greasing it). Now, turn the saddle upside down on several towels on waterproof flooring. Pack towels into the hand hold. With the saddle upside down the leathers will fall out of your way. Dribble warm water down the leather to where it enters the tree. It will run out the hand hold which the towels will blot up. As best you can get your sponge and saddle soap as close to the bars as you can. You've done the skin side, now you are doing the under side. If there's no room make the sponge wet and try to get the water to run where you can't reach.
    Follow up with a little oil. If all you have is veggie oil, use it. Let this rest over night as it takes time for moisture to penetrate deeper into the leather. If they still won't move, repeat. To help loosen them grab the leather so you are pushing and pulling at the same time. Just pulling doesn't usually work. Find someone stronger to help you. Once it moves, keep it going until the bend is exposed. Give the entire strap a good saddle soaping and oiling and let it rest a week. Give the leathers another soaping only hold the oil. It takes approx 7 days for the oil and moisture to move into the leather as far as it's going to. Let us know how many pounds of sweat you lose with this little task.
         
        02-03-2013, 09:14 PM
      #28
    Started
    I really don't want to, but I can't afford fenders that cost $150 or more. She just needs to be able to reach. I would love leather fenders. If you think your friends would look good on this saddle and they could part with them for under $100, please do ask.

    It's not too heavy, it weighs about the same as my Billy Cook barrel saddle.[/QUOTE]
    I just texted him. He thinks he's still got em. Should have pics by tomorrow if not tonite.
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        02-03-2013, 11:57 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    If the fenders are attached to the stirrup leathers and the stirrup leathers are in good shape, then the fenders will be fine. They are sweat flaps. You could sink a lot of money into this saddle and it's still a sow's ear. I believe it's Mexican made. New fleece professionally installed will run between $200 and $275 depending on whether you go with sheepwool or synthetic fleece. If I had better pics I'd have a better idea of what needs fixing and what you can get away with. Undo the screws at the base of the forks and ease the seat upward. This will give you better access to where the leather wraps around the bars. Rub a wettish sponge into some saddle soap and dampen the leather, the top 6" or so. Even rub a little neats foot on it. (you're greasing it). Now, turn the saddle upside down on several towels on waterproof flooring. Pack towels into the hand hold. With the saddle upside down the leathers will fall out of your way. Dribble warm water down the leather to where it enters the tree. It will run out the hand hold which the towels will blot up. As best you can get your sponge and saddle soap as close to the bars as you can. You've done the skin side, now you are doing the under side. If there's no room make the sponge wet and try to get the water to run where you can't reach.
    Follow up with a little oil. If all you have is veggie oil, use it. Let this rest over night as it takes time for moisture to penetrate deeper into the leather. If they still won't move, repeat. To help loosen them grab the leather so you are pushing and pulling at the same time. Just pulling doesn't usually work. Find someone stronger to help you. Once it moves, keep it going until the bend is exposed. Give the entire strap a good saddle soaping and oiling and let it rest a week. Give the leathers another soaping only hold the oil. It takes approx 7 days for the oil and moisture to move into the leather as far as it's going to. Let us know how many pounds of sweat you lose with this little task.
    Wow, I think I would rather just replace them than go through all that lol. In all seriousness, the leathers still don't fit the buckles and the fenders are still too long for my daughters legs.
    By "sow's ear" do you mean a piece of crap? I don't see a "sow's ear" as being a good thing.
         
        02-03-2013, 11:59 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Phly    
    I just texted him. He thinks he's still got em. Should have pics by tomorrow if not tonite.
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    Ok cool, thank you.
         

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