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I have an old Cortina English saddle that has lived through many years of use. My question is: is it still safe to ride in? There is a tear in the leather on the bottom that exposes the tree, but I've conducted the "test" to ensure it is not broken and it passed. do you guys see any issue in riding in it again?
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You could get the tear repaired, but I can't see how it could fit any horse well. In the pic that shows the channel of the saddle you can see how narrow it is behind, this would put pressure on the spine of a horse, making it really uncomfortable and possibly resulting in soreness and injury.
 

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The saddle looks fine to me. The narrow channel is typical of older models and a lot of people rode for years in those saddles. Just check your horse for any sign of pain or incomfort.

The stuffing of older saddles tend to become hard packed and sometimes uneven with lumps. If you plan to ride a lot in this saddle, it would be worth having it reflocked and fitted for your horse. About 100$, cheaper than a sore back...:wink:
 

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The saddle looks fine to me. The narrow channel is typical of older models and a lot of people rode for years in those saddles. Just check your horse for any sign of pain or incomfort.

The stuffing of older saddles tend to become hard packed and sometimes uneven with lumps. If you plan to ride a lot in this saddle, it would be worth having it reflocked and fitted for your horse. About 100$, cheaper than a sore back...:wink:
I did notice it is kind of lumpy. I was just curious if it was looking to be in usable condition. I don't plan on riding in it much since I've been taking to Western more these days :) thanks for the info.
 
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