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LikeaTB 01-05-2013 11:00 AM

Dissecting an English Saddle!
 
Some of you may know I used to have an old English saddle but the tree was broken (it was a Blue Ribbon saddle, at least 20 years old), and since I can't use it for anything, I was thinking "Hey, I should take it apart!"

So today, I'm going to grab the saddle from the BO's leather shop (he occasionally makes saddles and such and he was going to replace the billets and he saw the crack in the tree), and take it apart! I was going to take the flaps off and try to get to the tree so I can see it.

I'll post some pictures to this thread later when I start taking it apart. Hope y'all enjoy it!

Oxer 01-05-2013 04:15 PM

I'd be interested to see the tree as well. I had a lovely Equitation Beval saddle that was a flat seat. However, it was probably from the 80's and soon enough it had a busted tree. I gave the saddle away to a friend of mine whom was determined to get the tree fixed and keep the saddle.
I'm subbing!

LikeaTB 01-05-2013 06:51 PM

Woohoo! Finished taking apart the saddle! Take about a lot of nails!I'll try to post the pics in a little bit :)

LikeaTB 01-05-2013 08:19 PM

Lots of pictures!
 
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Getting the pics up :) I'll post about 4 or 5 at a time

LikeaTB 01-05-2013 08:20 PM

Oh, the picture of the nails- the big nail was one that took me a while to dig out- it was the one right next to the stirrup bar.

Oxer 01-05-2013 09:07 PM

poor decrepit saddle!!

chubbypony 01-05-2013 09:16 PM

This reminds me of anatomy class but instead of a frog its a saddle. Are you guys going to replace the tree??

LikeaTB 01-05-2013 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by chubbypony (Post 1830772)
This reminds me of anatomy class but instead of a frog its a saddle. Are you guys going to replace the tree??


It was a fun project! Nah, we're not replacing it; its not worth it. The leather was in bad shape anyway, I ended up tearing a lot of it because I couldn't get the nails out XP It was just a sorry saddle overall. After dissecting it, I saw that the crack was all the way through and ran from the fron't of the saddle to the stirrup bar area. The only things still holding it together was the foam on the seat.

Saddlebag 01-05-2013 11:35 PM

That's interesting that it had a horizontal crack. Was there any king of treatment on the tree or just bare wood? I've dismantled a few, a low end and a high end. The high end had endured about 50 years of a lot of jumping. No idea what the low end was exposed to. The differences in the two saddles was night and day. When one sees the lack of quality in the hardware and the tree it's scarey to think that people buy these to jump in. Unless an english saddle is dismantled one really doesn't know what's under the seat. I look at the stirrup bars. If they rust, I'll pass on it.

LikeaTB 01-06-2013 09:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Saddlebag (Post 1830996)
That's interesting that it had a horizontal crack. Was there any king of treatment on the tree or just bare wood? I've dismantled a few, a low end and a high end. The high end had endured about 50 years of a lot of jumping. No idea what the low end was exposed to. The differences in the two saddles was night and day. When one sees the lack of quality in the hardware and the tree it's scarey to think that people buy these to jump in. Unless an english saddle is dismantled one really doesn't know what's under the seat. I look at the stirrup bars. If they rust, I'll pass on it.

I think it was a fiberglass tree but I'm not sure, all I know is that it is +20 years old and sitting in storage for at least 12 years.


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