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  1. #1
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    Default Just got saddle from ebay AND...

    it looks to me like the panels are cracked. Here are pictures:

    http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/u.../Saddle1-1.jpg

    If I run my fingers over these lines, I can definitely feel them. Is this something that is going to eventually split? Can it be repaired? Nothing was mentioned in the description about the saddle being damaged..I'm a little miffed!



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    Those are called "spider cracks." They happen to very fine-grained (and fine) leather.

    Theoretically (and 20 years from now) the leather will split along these lines if it splits at all.

    I wouldn't worry about it. Just continue to take care of your saddle well.

    Some people around here know what causes it. I don't quite get what they say. Perhaps those experts will post and educate us.
    The armchair saddler
    Politically Pro-Cat



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    I had some of those on the seat of my saddle near the pommel. I had a Devoucoux lady come look at (and appraise) my saddle the other day and she said it was nothing to worry about. I wouldn't worry unless it it's actually splitting.



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    I'm no expert on leather but I have a saddle that has had those since I got it 5 years ago. It has been in regular use since then and admittedly not the best care (I try, but I'm really busy! ) and they still look pretty much the same, and certainly haven't developed into serious cracks.



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    Whew! Thanks everyone, you've put my mind at ease! I like the saddle; I just didn't want it to fall apart on me after a couple of rides! This is the first higher end saddle that I've had and I guess the leather just is different than my others.

    I can't wait to try it!



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    When I first bought my saddle I had this notion that you should never condition the seat or the panels. I swear I read it somewhere but I think I was confused with oil. Anyway, last winter I had to send my saddle to a master saddler for another matter and they told me that the cracking is from a lack of conditioners. ARGH! And here I thought I was doing something good. Anyway they also told me that as long as you continue to condition it will help extend the life of the leather.



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    they look like fat wrinkles to me..I wouldn't worry about them.
    the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...pscc2a5330.jpg



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