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post #1 of 9 Old 11-14-2019, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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Can You Help Identify This Saddle

This appears to be a nice saddle that I would like to restore. As a former US Marine I know about caring for and maintaining leather. I believe I can make this look very nice again. I am a Senior and there are places near me in Michigan where horse riding classes are available for seniors. I believe I can use this saddle.

There is a Maker Stamp (See Pictures) that I just can't make out and would very much like to. I'm hoping someone can assist me. I will also be asking about advice in restoring this saddle.


Appears to be horse rearing on it's hind legs with the word RENEGADE (My best guess)


Under the saddle is the number 1500.



Thank You For Any Assistance,
Gary
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-14-2019, 09:18 AM
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That looks to be an old parade saddle with all the silver trim on it. You can Google parade saddles to view pictures of similar style saddles. I'm sure others in here can tell you more about your saddle specifically. The tree seems to be fiberglass.
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-14-2019, 01:46 PM
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I'm sure you could make that into a beautiful set. The saddle is likely pretty heavy. Not something I'd like to ride in daily.
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-14-2019, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, Parade Saddle

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That looks to be an old parade saddle with all the silver trim on it. You can Google parade saddles to view pictures of similar style saddles. I'm sure others in here can tell you more about your saddle specifically. The tree seems to be fiberglass.

I have been searching and I feel it could be SIMCO or American Saddlery, however, the maker mark on the tag, in first pic, is neither of those. I did find that the tree is made buy Ralide and it is a model 1500 Wonder. This is the most prolific made and used tree, ever. I have also been searching maker marks to no avail, as of now.
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-14-2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Heavy Yes

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I'm sure you could make that into a beautiful set. The saddle is likely pretty heavy. Not something I'd like to ride in daily.

I will have to weigh it, but it is definately heavy. I'm thinking it is at least vintage (20+ yrs)


I'm hoping someone sees that maker mark and says "Yep, That is a XXXX Saddle".


Wish Me Luck, Gary
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-16-2019, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Weighing In

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I will have to weigh it, but it is definately heavy. I'm thinking it is at least vintage (20+ yrs)

I'm hoping someone sees that maker mark and says "Yep, That is a XXXX Saddle".

Wish Me Luck, Gary

Looks like just over 30 pounds.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-16-2019, 11:38 PM
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American Saddlery Parade Saddle perhaps?
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-17-2019, 04:57 PM
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Unfortunately, I can only give advice about cleaning/restoring the saddle. Because it is an older saddle, the first thing you should do is use saddle soap (I like the Fibbings Golden Saddle Soap the best) and make sure to really clean the saddle thoroughly. Then let it dry. Next use mink oil (you can find it in most feed stores) and rub in a good amount into the leather (let it dry for about 4 hours then wipe off excess with a clean dry rag). If the saddle has any scratches on it, use Leather New to help with the restoration of the leather. I know it kinda sounds weird, but for any metal, I really like to use toothpaste. If you do not want to try that because it sounds like such an odd suggestion, then metal cleaners will work fine too (just do not get any metal cleaner or toothpaste on your leather).
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-17-2019, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Doing a lot of research on restoration

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Unfortunately, I can only give advice about cleaning/restoring the saddle. Because it is an older saddle, the first thing you should do is use saddle soap (I like the Fibbings Golden Saddle Soap the best) and make sure to really clean the saddle thoroughly. Then let it dry. Next use mink oil (you can find it in most feed stores) and rub in a good amount into the leather (let it dry for about 4 hours then wipe off excess with a clean dry rag). If the saddle has any scratches on it, use Leather New to help with the restoration of the leather. I know it kinda sounds weird, but for any metal, I really like to use toothpaste. If you do not want to try that because it sounds like such an odd suggestion, then metal cleaners will work fine too (just do not get any metal cleaner or toothpaste on your leather).

I have been doing a lot of restoration research and can already see that it will restore nicely. There is no cracking, mold, mildew, excessive dryness, etc.

Actually I'm thinking about just removing all the metal except the conchos. They all seem to be in restorable shape. The diamonds around the rear of the seat appear to be stainless steel. The small square ones are cheap metal plate. They should have been SS or at least heavy plate. We will see.


Happy Trails, Gary
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