Help Finding Info On A Saddle
I need some help guys! A friend has borrowed us a saddle with the option to buy it. She used to ride and got out of it a few years ago now. She told my husband for me to make an offer on the saddle. Problem being, Im not big into western. I rode western when I was younger but dont know much when it comes to names of western saddles (of course asides from the big names you see a lot)
Its an older saddle. It was just put into a garage and left there so as soon as she handed it to us I cleaned it up. Its already looking better. While cleaning it the only marker I have found is the letters YMCA on the skirt under the fender. Other than that, there is nothing!
Also Im wondering.. while being stored it wasnt done so correctly. It was left sitting wrong and part of the skirt is bent. Its more so by the front rigging D. Its like its folded in. Will that effect its use? Would it be bad to use it like that? The other side is stiff and straight down while this side is bent in from being left sitting like that. I dont plan to do a lot of riding with it, just once or twice a month MAX. My guys are pretty much pasture puffs with a ride here and there down the road. No cantering really either, mostly walk with a tiny bit of trot.
Thanks in advance guys! Ill try to get some pictures later today =)
Okay I got some pictures. If any others are needed just let me know =)
First picture shows how its bent and the underside.
Second and third show the saddle.
Fourth shows the marker thats under the fender.
I also asked her about it, if she knew anything. She said she bought it in the states (were in canada) a while ago and might still have the paperwork on it, just trying to find it. Other than that she couldnt say too much more.
It's a nice old saddle. Can't tell you much more than that. Used to see a lot of them around when I was a kid. The mark is probably owners initials rather than the maker.
The YMCA did and does still have riding camps. Bet that is the initials.
Clean it up and condition it. Roll up a pad, rug or what have you to slowly push the leather back to shape.
I'm kinda leaning to an old Sears or Montgomery ward saddle. Many were actually made by Bona Allen. Lot of the saddle makers went on to found their own companies.
I was thinking the same, that it might have been a YMCA initial and not a marker. If/when she finds the receipt with info on it Ill let you guys know =)
Still not 100% sure if Im gonna keep it and buy it from her. Looking at it closely it does need some other repairs. Have to find out what she wants for it first (although she keeps saying I know more and to make an offer. If it was an english saddle I would know more but when it comes to western saddles Im clueless lol.
Without knowing a brand and it needing some repairs (some screws replaced and some stitching) what would you personally pay for it??
Those old saddles will probably last another 40 years, they seem to go for 150.00 to 250.00 in that condition.
If it fits you and you horse well, it may be worth a touch more.
The horn looks like it's been bent downwards on this saddle. While that will probably not effect somebody pleasure riding I would make sure the tree still looks good and sound and isn't cracked. Make sure it feels good and solid and you don't feel movement in the tree or weird creaking sounds or anything like that.
Some leather squeak is normal, but make sure you don't have things majorly creaking in there because it could be the tree.
The curled leather skirt I wouldn't worry about. As long as you make sure it doesn't curl under when you saddle the horse it should be fine.
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