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  1. #1
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    Default squeaky saddle

    My saddle has recently started squeaking, and it's driving me crazy.

    It's about three years old if I remember correctly, and I bought it a year ago. The previous owner told me she had been lightly wiping it down after each ride with a little saddle soap, and occasionally oiling it. It looked fantastic, so I kept this up and it worked great until a month or two ago. Then the squeaking came. I've oiled it about three or four times in the same number of weeks, and it hasn't helped for more than a little while. It's definitely the leather, I isolated the squeaking to being related to that buckle guard flap thing and the inside of the flaps. You can make a little squeak with just your finger on the sweat flap inside.

    Is there anything I can do to make this stop??? I'm assuming it means there's something not right with the way I've been treating the leather.



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    My western riding friends use baby powder to minimize squeaks. I've never tried it, but they swear by it!



  3. #3
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    one more try... I can't be the only person out there with a squeaky saddle!

    Might try the baby powder if I can't find anything else - I'd be afraid it would get gunky.



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    My saddle starts squeaking when it needs to be oiled. Did you try oiling your saddle?



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    I hate to tell you this but the new little squeak from my saddle turned out to be a broken rivet on the tree. No other real signs anything was wrong except the funny squeak. An experienced saddle fitter picked it up right away.



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    I have had a bit of the same issue with my BRAND new Amerigo. I oiled it and the squeaking stopped for a little while. I tried the baby powder (which doesn't gunk up - shook liberally under flap adjacent to stirrup bar where squeaking is originating from) and again squeaking stops for a while but has returned (albeit less intensely.) I know my tree is in perfect condition. I suggest trying the baby powder and then waiting a few days to see how it is. If it still squeaks really loudly, I would have the tree looked at.
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    Thanks guys!

    I have oiled it very frequently since the squeaking started, and it helps for a little while and then returns.

    I definitely worried about the tree, but I'm pretty sure the squeaking is only the inside of the flaps and billet guard. If I hold those apart and move the seat around on a solid saddle stand, no squeak; if I just move the flaps when they are together, it squeaks. And even if I just sort of skid my fingers along the inner flap leather, it squeaks a little bit, even immediately after oiling.

    The finger-on-leather squeak was what made me wonder if I wasn't treating the leather right. Maybe a build up of the glycerin soap?

    I will probably be having a saddle fitter out in a bit to add some stuffing, though, so will have her look at it then.



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