The tropical humidity here is not kind to leather lacing. An ongoing repair on my antique saddle.
our specific area has no real organic horse culture. No one I know here has a saddle. The ones who have horses keep them as exotic status symbols. Anyone who rides simply hops on bareback or throws a grain sack onto the horse and runs around for a little bit just for excitement.Nice repair. I expect you have to replace laces pretty often. Definitely more than I do!
My dad stayed friends with a fellow student from high school. The man became a priest and worked in Nicaragua for years. Once he asked for saddles. I really scrounged finding the best I could.
He apologized when he got them because he said they really only needed the trees. That the leather would rot off within months of use in jungle humidity and rain.
He later sent a picture of one. All the leather gone. Covered with woven plant fiber. With a woven surcingle to hold it in place. They rode burros. Fascinating.
What do the locals use in your area?
Hi WalkA little OT but not where the weather is concerned: I don’t have 20,000 miles on the tires on my Saturn; they weren’t cheap either.
It sits in the garage all the time yet the tires dry rotted and DH just put new Yokahamas on it. How do tires dry rot sitting in the garage? I don’t expect an answer to that but I am befuddled by it
Wow, looks great!I finished up the lacing this morning. My old, achey hands won’t allow me to do more than one section in a day. I had done the front sections some time ago. I couldn’t get the lacing needle up any higher without pulling the nails from the antique wooden tree. So I stopped there. I think it will hold.
The saddle is safe to ride again. You can see a bit of paracord attached to the rear chinch ring. That’s the best way I can think of to attach a crupper without a significant modification to the cantle.
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Thanks.You did a fantastic repair job and the saddle looks great
But —— I gotta say, that saddle looks about as comfortable as a cement block, my back hurts just looking at it, lollol
It makes me glad I can ride (used to anyway) without a saddle