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post #11 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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It's currently sitting in the sun on a bench on my deck and I am looking at it as I type this. My landlords have put a skip (what Yanks call dumpsters) on the other side of the barn, so all I would have to do is walk outside, go about fifty meters, and dispose of it. But I've had it for so long and it is a nice looking thing (as you can see from that pic of it) that I can't face it.

When it first started going wrong, I emailed Orthoflex explaining my situation and asking for advice or recommendations of saddlers in the UK who might know something about these. I got no response nor acknowledgment of that email. I also posted on Horse and Hound, which is a UK-based forum, and got recommendations for a saddler near Newcastle. Trying to phone him revealed that he is apparently no longer in business or has changed his number. Reactor Panel also makes paneled saddles that work on the same general principle as Orthoflex and they do have UK people. I phoned them and they said that their systems are totally different and they could not help.

One should not get so attached to material objects. But I think the saddle looks rather sad and lonely. I wish I could figure out how to make a chair or something useful out of it.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 10:09 AM
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You could keep it and find a use for it in your home or turn it into kind of a memory piece( ex: putting pictures of you using the saddle at a show or something in the stirrups)
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-22-2013, 11:26 AM
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I almost hate to say this but, any local restaurants, bars, er pubs? that have a riding theme? Can always donate it for decoration as was indicated.

By the way I feel for you. I have 6 bridles, three different breastplates, can't tell you how many halters and leadlines scattered about. Add in a few martingales to the mix. Trying to cut down but nothing is selling and the bridles especially are in excellent (as in show ready) shape. Have to wait until nearer Christmas...things tend to sell better then :)
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