Caring for your saddle. Repairs & Spare Parts.

Saddle repairs to fender and western saddles.
Stitching, seat replacement, lining replacement, cleaning and refurbishing.

Spare parts
Replacement webbing.
Replacement fenders.

Please call Ian for more information 0411 772 494

New seat showing before, during and after replacement

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New seat, fenders and cheyenne roll.

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New seat and fenders.

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New fenders.

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Caring for your saddle if it gets really WET.

Wet saddles. What to do?  Here’s what to do (or what not to do) if your saddle gets really wet. 
I know its been months since we’ve had rain, but I’m always hopeful.
1. Let it air dry, never use a heater or put it out in the baking sun, use a fan and leave it blowing gently on the saddle. It may take days.
2. Leather has a memory so will dry in the shape you’ve left it in, avoid changing the original shape the saddler left it in and if possible let it dry on a saddle stand as that’s more likely to let it keep the shape. Put a broom through the fenders to keep the twist. If you prop it up on its front, then the front of the skirts will go a weird shape and they will stay like that, possibly pinch your horse.
3. Don’t attempt to remove any stains or oil it or clean it until it is COMPLETELY dry.
4. Don’t use harsh chemicals to remove stains. Try normal saddle soap and elbow grease (foam it up the old fashioned way), but be prepared as some will probably never come out, especially if your saddle is made of natural leather. You’ll have to learn to live with a few stains, your saddle now has character.
5. After saddle soaping, use a good quality saddle oil and then follow up with a quality saddle dressing like Oakwood, once the saddle is COMPLETELY dry and completely clean from the saddle soaping.
6. Did I say to let the saddle COMPLETELY dry before you do anything to it?
7. If your saddle gets mouldy, use saddle soap to clean it.
8. If it’s really muddy (as in if a horse has rolled in mud with saddle on), hose it off gently and follow steps 1-7. Gentle saddle soaping after hosing is acceptable to help remove dirt. Normal mud DO NOT HOSE, just use saddle soap.
9. If it’s one of our saddles, feel free to call Ian or Sue for advice.