roughing up a slick seat?
A few years ago, a guy gave me a buena vista plantation saddle, at one time I had got pretty comfortable at riding in it on my paso, and was spending quite a bit of time in it. Somewhere along the line, I stopped riding in it, and went back to a trooper saddle while starting a few youngsters. I recently went out and tossed the buena vist on my RMH gelding (who was acting a bit of a fool) and for the life of me I could not comfortably stick the seat like I would have prefered.
Does any one have any suggestions for either roughing up the seat or making it more grippy? I have seen a lady use skateboard tape on a barrel saddle once, but would prefer not to go that route.
Unless you're willing to ruin the saddle, don't do anything to it. If you want more grip, get full seat breeches.
Oooooh..... I'm certain that there will be NO breeches in my future! Haha.
In all seriousness, I am not overly concerned with the saddle. The saddle has no real sentimental value, nor do I intend to get rid of it, so "ruining" it in the name of use is not going to bother me. Within reason of course.
Passier has a leather moisturizer that I find makes any leather super grippy - I have a saddle that gets a wee bit slick, and I just out some moisturizer on it and the next day it's good again. Bonus it smells awesome and makes your hands nice and soft.
You can also sacrifice a pair of jeans and go the stick em route, spray stick spray on the saddle and you're good to go, but it will stick on your pants, attract dirt and won't wash off of fabrics. If you're using the good stuff lol.
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There is a German company that makes a cream that makes saddles tackier. I don't recall the name.
A less expensive option is the spray or cream that tennis players use on their grips. Even the big discount stores (in my area) sell it.
I have used glycerin soap. Lather with hands until tacky and apply it to the seat in a patting motion.
Don't ruin your saddle by adding stuff to it. Bite the bullet and buy some chaps. These have only gone up $10 since my first SLT catalog in 1985--
Tough-1 Suede Leather Western Show Chaps - Statelinetack.com
Murphys oil soap can sometimes leave just a little bit of tack to the leather.
I vote for the rough out shotgun chaps.
Fort Fireman, I like your bit. I would like to go with something a little fancier than my Greg Darnall
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