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  • Vintage western saddles with buck stitch from the 1970s
  • 50 year old western show saddle

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    03-03-2012, 08:20 AM
  #11
Yearling
A few years ago someone had a whole bunch of older saddles for sale. I bought four for $50 each, two turned out to be 60 plus years old, and the other two 36 years (it was made only for a year), and 25 years old. I cleaned them up, replaced leather conchs, dying strings and conchos to the saddle, replaced the straps for the cinchs and go $200 for each of the older ones.

The 36 year old saddle was a simco show saddle but without all the silver options at the time. It was very wide and someone bought it had a haflinger. I had to sew by hand the covers for the stirrups back on.

The 25 year old is my personal saddle, I've had people offer me $200 or so for it because it is fairly wide but fits high withered horses like a glove, and extremely comfortable for long trail rides. It isn't pretty though, no silver, and has white buck stitching around the whole way, but I don't think I'll sell it any time soon. Made $400 in the end.

Got to like the older saddles even if most of mine weight in over 30 pounds each.
     
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    03-03-2012, 10:10 AM
  #12
Showing
Missy, I think your saddle dates back to the early 60's. It was during the late 50's that cantles and forks were lowered. I have one, a Simco roper, from that era. The larger horn was called Pelican.
     
    03-03-2012, 11:12 AM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Missy, I think your saddle dates back to the early 60's. It was during the late 50's that cantles and forks were lowered. I have one, a Simco roper, from that era. The larger horn was called Pelican.
Thanks for the info saddlebag. Yeah, the lowered cantle is comfy, but to harder to clean under! As for the larger horn...I would have thought a more fitting name would be "momba"! But now I know what it is really called!
     
    03-03-2012, 11:43 AM
  #14
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Lockwood, the average boot size on the early cowboys was 6, many of then around 5'6 or less and slim. Many rode what we call ponies, 14.2 and under and were of a slim build. A 13" seat was common.
The seats were small and I noticed that, but it was the trees/frames on the saddles that really stood out. They all looked like they were built to fit a horse who was about 18H tall and 2" wide! Long skirts (up/down wise, not shoulder to loin wise) and so narrow I really had a hard time thinking they would fit anything wider than a pencil.

The lady told me the same thing about the size of the riders and how the horses where build so thin and narrow back then. I could just imagine how they would perch completely atop a modern QH because the skirt part wasn't even wide enough to lower onto their backs at all.
They also had huge upright pommels that added to their unique appearence.

Allison- Does the Mochilla slip on and off the saddle at will? Very interesting looking saddle.

Missy- your saddle looks nice too. How does the cantle feel while riding?
     
    03-03-2012, 02:09 PM
  #15
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Lockwood, the saddle strings run through the mochilla with the leather and silver conchos on the outside. So, removing the mochilla takes some work. I have ridden a lot in this saddle. I find it surprisingly comfortable. I had a QH/arab mountain horse that was a tad narrow, so the older tress fit her well. She really seemed to like the saddle, too. I used it on many a backcountry pack trip. Here she is with it on the way to a base camp during hunting season. I actually was riding it without the mochilla, here.

     
    03-03-2012, 02:13 PM
  #16
Trained
Hey Lockwood, yeah, I was pleasantly surprised to find the cantle is extremely comfy. I had my doubts. I have never seen one sit so "flat".

Allison's saddle is really soomthing! I am with Duffy above...I have an antique saddle "displayed" - I just like to look at it (I don't use it) and think about what it was like "way back when" it was new, where it went, how nice it would be if there were no cars, etc.,. I like it better than conventional "pieces of art"....its more amusing.
     
    03-03-2012, 02:16 PM
  #17
Trained
Alison? Am I seeing things or is your horse sticking his tongue out at the camera person?
     
    03-03-2012, 03:44 PM
  #18
Super Moderator
HaHa, I did a double take too because of the horse's expression.

Missy, glad to hear. From the picture it looks like it would be easy to get dumped off the back should a horse act up. Then again, I ride english and shouldn't really comment on small cantles. ;)

Allison- nice pic! I couldn't imagine riding without the mochilla, but have to say there were quite a few saddles in the collection I saw that looked like yours- without the mochilla.

When the shop owner mentioned that she sells them from time to time, I couldn't help myself and asked how much some of them went for... not trying to be nosey, just really wanted to learn more about the saddles. She said they have ranged from $800 to upwards of several thousands. She said it was really hard without a professional appraisal to figure out their values. The appraisers charge quite a bit to look over a saddle and there just isn't much in the way of reference on those old beauties.
Rambling... sorry. It is just so interesting.
     
    03-10-2012, 04:59 AM
  #19
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
Alison? Am I seeing things or is your horse sticking his tongue out at the camera person?
Yes, she is.
     
    03-10-2012, 10:31 AM
  #20
Started
I didnt know they looked like that back then! Wow!
     

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