Saddle Repair

Asa received a used, gifted saddle.

The leather needed conditioning and there was a missing rigging dee.

A new leather loop needed to be made to hold the new dee.

Term Identification...

Leather Conditioning

Asa cleaned the leather well...she then put on multiple coats of neatsfoot compound.

She applied, on key leather locations, several coats of my boot care rub.

The reconditioned leather.

Asa did a great job.

Rigging D Replacement

The torn leather loop was attached to the saddle tree...this base was a synthetic material.



The leather loop pad had been secured with four 1 inch fine thread screws.

There were also numerous staples...~3/8 inch gate x 7/8 inch legs.


Additionally, from the outer part of the saddle, near the horn on the pommel, there was a screw with a grommet. This screw went through the leather seat, through the loop pad and into the tree.

There was also a screw setup as above except that it went through a concho near the pommel.

This is the torn rigging loop along with the leather replacement we cut out.

Our leather was not as thick as the original but it should perform reasonably well.

The lineup...pretty close...our remnant was slightly short in a couple of problem.

A new rigging dee was secured from the internet.

We got it a little oversized, made the mistake of measuring the old ring on the outer edges...should have been ordered by interior measurements.

We put in a single snap rivet to hold the material and then attempted to put in two more.

The conditioners really darkened the leather.

The angle of the leather loop made the second and third snap rivets not work we put in a couple of stouter, copper rivets.

The new loop was secured to the tree with 1/4 inch gate x 7/8 inch leg, 18 gauge crown staples fired by pneumatic crown stapler...also four screws.

Finished product.

Aimee, Asa and I did the repairs on their carport during the 2020 pandemic lockdown...we observed masking protocols.


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