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Bagheera 06-18-2013 01:20 AM

New Seat On Saddle
So my Crosby Excel has seen quite a bit of wear and tear over the years. The edges of the seat are starting to wear out and I need to get the seat replaced. I've been quoted about $700 to replace it by a tack shop that does excellent saddle repairs. Is this a pretty accurate price, or should I start looking around?

unclearthur 06-18-2013 04:18 AM

Sounds about right to me.

Part of the problem with older saddles and seat-edge wear is there's no guarantee, when they take it apart, they won't have to replace the skirts, too. That's basically because they'll have to re-use the original stitch holes to fix new seat and old skirts together, and can't see whether the latter are in good enough condition to take the strain of a new seat until everything comes off.

Unless the saddle's in really good condition, I normally suggest to customers seat replacement's not worth it - they can often get a used saddle for the price. If the saddle has a value other than simply economic, however, that's different :)

Bagheera 06-19-2013 01:16 AM

Thanks for the feed back. I bought the saddle brand new initially, but stupid me rode in jeans for the first few years because I thought I was cool. Lol Ive since smartened up. I've taken excellent care of the saddle over the years and it is in fantastic shape overall, except for the wear and tear right along the seam of the seat. I'll get the seat replaced I think. The saddle is just too nice to give up on, and who knows. Maybe I'll get back into jumping someday. Thanks again for the help! :)

tinyliny 06-19-2013 02:09 AM

that seam is wearing out on my saddle. I have a sheepskin cover on much of the time, but the damage is done. Next stop? Duct tape.

unclearthur 06-19-2013 06:59 AM


Originally Posted by tinyliny (Post 2839114)
that seam is wearing out on my saddle. I have a sheepskin cover on much of the time, but the damage is done. Next stop? Duct tape.

If it's on the edge of the seat under your thigh, one option to think about which doesn't involve replacing the whole seat is to have a saddler pop stitch the seat to the skirts through the seam. You can get quite good results provided the seat leather's not too thin (I do this quite a bit for riding school saddles where a seat replacement is uneconomic).

You end up with a row of spaced stitches visible on the seat, but it's less unsightly than a hole and less likely to rub your leg than patching it or leaving it open. Or using duct tape ;)

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