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post #1 of 8 Old 08-14-2020, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Squeaky saddle

My new saddle seems to be getting squeakier. The squeakiness is caused by my leg rubbing against it. Which, now that I think about it, maybe means my leg is moving too much.

But anyways, what would be a way to stop the squeaking? I thought that oiling might help, but then my instructor said something vague about how she had heard putting baby powder on it might help. Does anyone have any tips?

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-14-2020, 09:44 AM
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The baby powder trick I've heard was typically in regards to the creaking and squeaking many western saddles have. I've poured baby powder up into a western saddle before, above where the stirrups attach, and then also between the layers of skirting. Did it help? I'm not sure.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-14-2020, 10:30 AM
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Corn starch as it has no odor is what I've used on my western saddle..
My English saddle...always has some creak but not sure why you could not try the sprinkling effect in unseen places seeing if it would stop the "chatter"...worst happens is you get powdered a bit harmlessly.

Since I know your saddle is English you are using a billet guard?
https://www.doversaddlery.com/girth-...-pr/p/X1-0234/
That when in correct position saves the underside of your saddle flap from wearing holes in time through it. If you don''t have those on your saddle[s] get them to save your saddle from damages terrible.

As I have made comment before, all saddles I/we own are leather.
They all make some noise.
My friends saddles that are 30 years old make some noise...
I anticipate the noise and welcome it.
Noise tells me my saddle is moving and flexing with my horse as they move and I move when astride..
If my saddle suddenly went silent I would be very worried something is wrong internally serious.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-14-2020, 05:17 PM
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Squeaks are pretty common, especially on saddles that don't get enough cleaning. It's mostly leather-on-leather, though loose tacks can be responsible if they allow seat leather, for example, to move where it's been attached below the tree. I've usually taken panels off and smeared both the saddle underside and panel top with tallow before putting them back together to cure a persistent squeaking but that's a very old-fashioned remedy - thoroughly oiling the leather might do the job just as well.

Other more serious squeaks can be caused by the arch failing, usually when one or more rivets have broken, allowing the steelwork to flex away from the ply tree itself. More rarely an arch plate itself might break. My Ideal cob-treed Grandee has a slight squeak which I know is due to rivet failure, this tree having been altered in width far too often. More difficult to diagnose, but just as damaging to the horse, is a cracked tree rail. To be fair these tend to produce a creak rather than squeak, in my experience.

I've found the most frustrating squeaks to be found on synthetic saddles, which is when you need a dry lubricant like baby powder or corn starch, I guess.
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-14-2020, 05:27 PM
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Well, the not cleaned often enough guess is possible..

Otherwise, all is tight and right on mine.


I won't be dismantling my saddle to "oil or grease it" that's for sure.
It was checked years ago by my friend who is also a saddle restorer and craftsman by trade and all was good...he told me my cow was a noisy one but no worries.



Even after a thorough cleaning and applied Neatsfoot Oil mine has always made some noise..
It talks to me... but the tone has never changed from the day I bought new to today, still the same song sung.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-15-2020, 08:27 AM
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I don't clean tack anywhere near enough. In Pony Club days we used to clean it every day we rode, but I'm afraid that was a long time ago!

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-16-2020, 01:19 AM
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I had the same problem with my Bates saddle, but my friend got me hooked on this one company. They make leather balm and I noticed that my saddle was more hydrated and not as squeaky. The company is Allie and Ila, they are super nice to deal with and are pretty affordable. They also gave me a good grip on the saddle and helped keep my saddle kind of water proof. I wouldn't recommend using it after every ride, but maybe every other or every 3 rides.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-21-2020, 01:14 PM
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Is this a LEATHER saddle? I know I've heard of this issue happening in a lot of synthetic saddles and I'm not sure how you would be able to get rid of it with those. You didn't say in any of your posts if it was or not. If it is a leather saddle, the only thing I can think of is working the leather until there is no tomorrow and working the leather, conditioning it in the hopes that you can soften it in enough to get it to settle.
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