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busysmurf 08-11-2013 11:07 AM

what to do with damaged saddles?
I have 2 hunt saddles that either have a cracked or slightly broken tree, & one of them the billets broke off.

What would you to with them? I cringe at the thoughtof just throwing them away just on pprincipal alone, lol
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waresbear 08-11-2013 11:49 AM

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I have seen them sold on eBay as decoration saddles for lodges & cabins, etc.
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Jayknee 08-11-2013 11:57 AM

Remove the billets and write on the underside in sharpie "tree broken not for riding" and sell them cheaply for a decoration! At the tack shop I work at we sometimes get a nice looking saddle with a damaged tree in. If the saddle tree can be somewhat stabilized so that it dosent move much it we mark it underneath with a sharpie the message writen above. We will write directly on the tree in plain sight. The price tag of the saddle will also be marked "damaged tree" we sell a lot of old saddles for decorative purposes that way! Severly damaged saddles are usually striped down to the bare tree and the boss will use the tree for a decoration out in the yard. The fenders if still good will be used to replace worn out/damaged fenders on a similar saddle! The rest of the leather is either used for other repairs(patches)
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smrobs 08-11-2013 12:19 PM

Agreed, you can either sell them for decoration or use them yourself for decoration.

Jayknee, that's a great idea about marking it with a sharpie, I'd never heard of that or thought of that before. Keeps it from being sold down the line as a riding saddle.

Jayknee 08-11-2013 03:08 PM

Thats the Idea! I have one right now at the shop that the cantle has a crack in it! The boss tore it apart and I got to put it back together. I glued and laced the crack as best I could and put it back together! This perticular western saddle would actually make a nice first saddle for starting colts! No way would I ride one in it but it would be ok for the first few saddlings and some prefirst ride ground work (ground driving, round penning) basically stuff you wouldnt nessarly want to use your riding saddle for! Either that or it will go for a nice decoration with its written disclaimer!

Now for my disclaimer!
I would not sell this saddle to just anyone! If it gets sold for a colt saddle it will be to someone who fully understands that their is tree damage! That it is not suitable for riding! We get people who just want a cheep saddle for exactly that purpose. If their had been any damage to the bars their's no way I would have even attemped to do any repair work at all on this one! I felt that this saddle could still have a limited usefull life.
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Saddlebag 08-11-2013 11:39 PM

Can you show us a pic of your repair work? If a saddle comes into my shop with a damaged tree, it is marked on the invoice and the owner has to sign it and I keep a copy.

flytobecat 08-11-2013 11:46 PM

We have a couple that I use for decoration.
I have an old mexican saddle that really is safe enough to ride in. We've put it on the babies just so they can get used to a carrying a saddle.

Jayknee 08-12-2013 02:05 AM

I didn't think to take any pics of the repair before I put the seat back together:-( The repair is under the leather that covers the back of the cantle and seat. I could get pics of the saddle fully put together with its disclaimer but I wouldnt be able to get them until next weekend thats when I work next.
Flytobecat thats what I think this saddle would still be good for. That way if things go south and the saddle gets torn up its not as big of a deal. If you didnt know better you couldnt detect the damage to the tree I have it that snug! If I decide something is worth fixing it gets fixed to the max whenever possible! I just finished restiching a Big Horn Aussie/Western crossover saddle where the factory frogot/missed stiching the middle of the seat leather to the cheyenne roll. That was a pain to get done but the saddle looks better now.
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flytobecat 08-13-2013 10:05 PM

I meant isn't safe enough to ride in. Sorry!

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