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!
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.
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.
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.
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.