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post #1 of 7 Old 08-05-2013, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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what saddle is this?? and products to soften leather

Its old and Very Dry needs alot of cosmetic work but riggings and tree are both great. I can't find info on this saddle. Does anyone have any Ideas?









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post #2 of 7 Old 08-05-2013, 04:34 PM
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I have no idea on the brand.....but did it survive a fire? It almost looks like the rawhide on the swell has been burned off and the rawhide on the cantle looks a bit warped as well.

I had a friend buy a saddle that survived a fire and it looked similar.
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Good eye THR, I didn't even notice that. If you zoom into the one pic from the back, you can see the fiberglass wrapping on the tree where the rawhide has been completely burned away.

As for brand, I've seen some saddles made by American Saddlery that look similar, but I don't think it's one of those.

I use neatsfoot oil to soften the leather on my saddles, but if it's been through a fire, some of the leather may have "crystalized" in which case no amount of oiling will make it supple again.

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no not burnt at all I have it at my saddle guys now to have it looked at and he is going to remove the rawhide for me and replace . Also the tree is 100% sound and he said with a really good cleaning and oiling it will work well for my friend.. this saddle sat in a barn of the girls grand fathers for many years. No fire has touched it. The only thing we could come up with is that it was chewed.

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here is a better picture of the damage on the swell.

the leather is dry yes Very... but not "crystalized" I will have to repost when we are done with cleaning and repair

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Leather Honey is wonderful at reviving old leather.
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I'm glad to hear it wasn't in a fire. The one my friend bought SMELLED and she had trouble reselling it. Chewed is better!

I bet the warped rawhide on the cantle is water damage then. Because the seat also looks stained like maybe the barn roof was leaking.

My favorite leather product is Skidmore's Leather Cream. But I frequently just use neatsfoot oil because it's cheaper.
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