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Posted 1/31/2015 9:29:43 PM


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Okay so I just got this pancake saddle very cheap from my trainer, and I'm not sure what brand it is but it's about 40-60 years old and nice enough that my trainer showed her TB on the A circuit with it. The tree's still great, and I rode in it and adored it. I'm just not certain about a couple things:

1) The seat has two cracks, like so:





Would you say I should take the saddle in to get them repaired, or are they pretty inconsequential?

2) It's been a LONG time since I've been around horses regularly, so I know this is an insanely dumb question, but how often should I oil?



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Kinda funny that you bought an old saddle! I just bought a 71 year old western saddle lol.

Anyway, honestly I feel like if you took it in, they would want to re-seat it. idk if you want to spend the money (I think it's like $750 around here but I live in IL so it's expensive) on it. If it's not getting worse, I probably would just leave it alone.

For oiling it, I never oil my stuff, but I wouldn't do it too frequently. My method is to wipe down with a damp cloth every time I ride and then when it starts to get dry/sad looking, I'll condition it. When I'm riding regularly, that's about every 2-3 weeks. I definitely wouldn't oil that much though, maybe 3-4 times a year tops. I'm not big on oil though so others will have to give their input on that.

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Alright so I know that I've already responded once but I want to give some new info! haha. So I picked my western saddle up from the repair place a week ago. I've given it a light coat of oil every night since I got it home. Most of it is nice and soft and beautiful, although there are a couple of spots that need more oil. You should be familiar enough with tack to know when it's soft enough/doesn't need more oil so I guess my recommendation is to oil it (lightly, one coat a day at most) until it softens up nicely and you know that it really doesn't need more oil.

My western saddle does need a coat or two more of oil in just a couple of places, but aside from that, after a week, it's in wonderful shape.

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Posted 3/4/2015 2:41:21 PM


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The cost of repairing the seat is about 3x the value of the saddle, tbh.

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