But price is not a guarantee of the quality of a saddle, especially if you are shopping for used saddles. Check for obvious flaws by thoroughly inspecting every inch of the saddle; good-quality saddles appear sturdy and well-made when visually inspected for flaws, while poor-quality saddles have flaws even when brand-new. This is Steve's Grandfather's Visalia Stock Saddle No. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum. But that design has origns that go back as far as ancient Greece and Rome and was a popular symbol used by indians of the southwest.
Jake thinks this saddle dates from the 1940's or 50's. The saddle is well crafted with attractive tooling and is still in great riding shape. It looks like it would be comfortable on the trail. Bluemel Saddlery operated in El Paso, Texas from the 1920's-1950s. It looks to have gotten a lot of use and stood up to the task. Could it be that the maker might be related to presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney? Phone: 406 683-4452 E-mail: Frecker's Saddlery 125 W Bannack Dillon, Montana 59725 Copyright © Frecker's Saddlery 2005. I will have to reshape the skirts back to round in two places.
Construction of the Saddle Tree Saddle Trees are the most important aspect of the saddle. Megan has it hanging in her home as decoration. The saddle, unfortunately, ended up being too big for her. Now I wonder what a fair price for me to offer on this saddle. The current owner of this saddle has a copy of the actual bill of sale and a description by the saddlemaker.
The only marking she can find on it is Bronco and a number. The saddle belonged to Kellie's friend's grandparents who had purchased it from the George Lawrence Co. One of these days I'll dig it out of the bunch and clean it, yank off the old fleece and sew on new heavy poly saddle fleece from Weaver Leather. Avoid any saddle that has been glued together rather than sewn, as it is definitely a cheap, low-quality saddle. I have no idea what I am looking at.
And it's nearly twice the price. The seat is also a 15inch and feels like a 15inch should and is still comfy. Ask questions about the materials. It was probably designed as a mule saddle. Jim feels this saddle is likely an early 1900 Packer saddle, but does not carry any military markings.
Russell was happy to share his knowledge of the construction and techniques used in the manufacture of any saddle, new or used. The horn has inlaid tiny pieces of wood, probably mesquite. Behind it is a block of laminated Baltic Birch which is used when making. The grain is fibrous and intertwined so it makes it easy to work with and makes it stronger so it will hold the tree's shape. Rick has done a lot of work to get it looking this handsome and now keeps it as a display piece.
This will soften the leather and give it a light shine, but not a gloss finish. Bob's saddles are really nice saddles but I'm guessing the one you posted weighs in excess of 30 lbs. Wonderful if you had a chance to try one out. I think Amanda got a great deal on a classic saddle. False testimonials provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. One reason a western saddle is better than an English one is when you are riding mostly slowly, just sitting there and you are a heavier person. Baird worked from the 1920's to 1960's for a variety of saddle shops and published several leather carving manuals.
I know to do that, or they did with the one I ordered. Pat has resurrected this saddle from poor condition to gorgeous, having the saddle almost completely rebuilt. High withered horses often get a better fit with a barrel saddle with what is called barrel forks, good gullet room. My point, don't hurry, keep riding with your English saddle until you are very sure you found just what you and your horse likes best. Her Grandpa bought it as a young man and it has been in continual use through to the present day. I want to know wich one is the oldest? If there is no brand name on the saddle, it may be custom made.
It is obviously quite an old saddle that probably has a real story to tell. The saddle actually worked out pretty well for him since he was too wide for semi tree, but to narrow for a other saddles. Now we are looking at a finished cantle and a block of wood that is required for it. Anything that is a roping or show saddle is going to be heavy. There's no maker's mark on the saddle except for the number 65 stamped behind the cantle.