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post #41 of 52 Old 07-19-2012, 11:18 PM
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Yes, let it rest overnight.

How does the leather feel? Is it pliable? You didn't oil the suede patches, right? Plus you oiled the saddle all over, including underneath and in between all the flaps, as well as the billets?

I think I got as much oil on myself as the saddle, the last time I brought one back!

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post #42 of 52 Old 07-19-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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I can feel it getting softer but is still pretty stiff. Ive oiled every surface, crack, and crevese (sp?) of This saddle. I didn't oil the knee rolls, I mean I did get some on there but I plan on replacing the rolls at some point. the bottom flap is very stiff (the flap that would actually be on the horse) I've oiled the hell out of that an it's not getting any softer. All day I'd oil it, it would suck up all the oil, then I'd reapply and repeat. I put some on an hour ago too but gonna let that go over night even though it's already sucked up. Thank you for all your help SR! This saddle is driving me bonkers!!
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post #43 of 52 Old 07-20-2012, 01:02 AM
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Oh man this thread makes me sick to my stomach. I sold the EXACT same saddle just last week for $100. I had used it forever, and I even fixed what needed to be fixed on it before I sold it.

That makes me just want to bang my head on the wall, seeing I could have sold it for more. Oh well. You live and you learn I guess ha ha
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Thank you for all your help SR! This saddle is driving me bonkers!!
You're welcome. I love bringing old saddles back to their former beauty and usefulness.

Just keep at it, CB. If the leather isn't pliable yet, then it still needs more oil. I used a full 16 oz bottle on mine, and it wasn't anywhere near as dry as yours.

Don't forget to set it out in the sun in between sets of oiling. That will help, too.

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I was told to oil it then use a bar of saddle soap then buy the Passier Lederbalsam. Am gonna go to the local tack shop and see what they got.
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Lederbalsam is great, but it's not going to be cheap. I'm not sure why you were told to buy saddle soap. The saddle doesn't need cleaning, it needs conditioning.

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I had a lady from my barn who is a saddle restorer look at the saddle and she told me to not oil it anymore. I already bought Effax leather balm so I'll do a light coat of that. She also told me the leathers hang so low because they are very stretched out but still in rideable condition.
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Very cool. Glad you could get some 'real life' help.

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So the lady at my barn said she will re-stuff the knee rolls with either wool or memory foam, fix the leather keepers on both sides, fill the small hole in the seat, dye the knee rolls dark brown, restitch the knee rolls at the top and bottom where they are separating, and give me one new billet flap all for $150. Reasonable or no? Also, what would be better- knee rolls filled with wool or filled with memory foam?

I rode in the saddle today and loved it. The seat was a bit hard but the saddle was so comfy on my legs! I also think it fits my mare pretty darn well!
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post #50 of 52 Old 07-21-2012, 02:20 AM
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Yay! I use a quick application of a bar of fiebing's glycerine saddle soap after cleaning, oiling and conditioning to sort of 'seal' the leather back up and make it not tacky. Works great for us. Also helps to restore a little bit of 'shine' to the saddle.

We have several Stubbens, and love them all! I had an old, all suede stubben training saddle that I bought from an old girlfriend when her mom passed away. Her mom had gotten it as a valentine's gift when my friend and I were girls, and I had ridden in that saddle frequently since I was 14. When it finally wore out, (the suede tore around the stitching), I replaced it with a Siegfried VSD. My mom had tried my suede one and loved it so much that she bought a Siegfried CS with the same measurements, I later bought that from her. She found that she regretted selling and bought another one. We've never had a problem with our Stubbens, and I personally find them more comfortable than other english saddles. In our mostly western community, I frequently get comments on how nice my english saddles are, especially if I let someone ride one. :)
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