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Saddlebag 05-02-2013 09:10 PM

Bone Weary
I cleaned three saddles this afternoon. If the makers never install Blevins buckles anymore I won't be sorry. The cheap ones rust and seize together. It took longer to seperate them on both sides that to clean and oil the saddle. It's rarely just cleaning as there's often something else needs looking after. The forks on one was showing scuff marks so I went the extra and touched them up with dye to match, a little oil, a little wax - looking good now, but am I ever feeling it. A long tubby soak is in order.

toto 05-02-2013 09:30 PM

Jelly pad! They are nice on the tush! Lol.

Phly 05-02-2013 09:36 PM

Lol. Cleaning saddles can be rather labor intensive. We usually take a few days, a lil here, a lil there. And on the belvin buckles, I've cut more then one off with a wiz wheel and just replaced the dang thing!
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Saddlebag 05-03-2013 08:57 PM

Owner picked up her saddles today - very pleased with them.

boots 05-03-2013 09:06 PM

Wish you had taken before and after photos of the touch ups.

You're scaring me, Saddlebag. I'm headed out to my boss's place tomorrow and have to get everything ready for our competitive season in the next two to three weeks. He just bought two more horses, so I have tack for seven now. Plus legging them up. Good thing I'm young and tough. Or old and won't quit, is more like it!

I also picked up two saddles from a storage building at my daughter's place. One hunt seat and an old western that was her first. I think I'm going to wear a mask when I start on them. Bird doo-doo galore! A friend was just telling me that he blasts old saddles with warm to hot water in a pressure washer for starters. I think I'm going to try it. And still wear a mask when I do!

I just cut the rusted Blevins buckles, too. So much easier to replace than repair them.

Saddlebag 05-05-2013 11:25 PM

If it were mine I'd go back to the old clevis pins and use a cotter pin which actually looked like a large blanket safety pin. The clevis look like this only shorter.

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