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    Default broken stirrup bar?

    Burning Questions: Is it possible to repair a stirrup bar that has moved out of position? Does a broken stirrup bar automatically mean a broken tree? What should I do with the saddle if it can't be repaired?

    Suggestions and voices of experience are greatly appreciated! TIA
    Last edited by The Centaurian; Feb. 12, 2010 at 01:05 PM.



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    Stirrup bars are attatched to the tree by big rivits. They sometimes break. They are easily replaced by a saddle repair person. I don't remember a broken stirrup bar that could not be moved around with the fingers.

    Is it the little flappy thing on the back of the stirrup bar that is broken and not the bar itself?



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    it may be the bar, the rivit itself -OR the tree where its attached may have broken. The saddle needs to be taken apart to tell..
    If you need to send it out I suggest looking here for one
    http://www.ohorse.com/shopping/saddl...united-states/
    the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...pscc2a5330.jpg



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    Quote Originally Posted by tuppysmom View Post

    Is it the little flappy thing on the back of the stirrup bar that is broken and not the bar itself?
    No, the whole bar is fundamentally unchanged, except that it has shifted away from the saddle. I can still open and close the bars normally.

    This is what I am afraid of:

    Quote Originally Posted by macmtn View Post
    the tree where its attached may have broken.



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    Call an experienced saddler and ask. If you don't have one PM me.



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    Any reputable saddler will want to look at it. Opening the saddle to look is not a major job. Diagnosing a possible broken tree over the phone is akin to a Doctor diagnosing an illness over the phone..
    the NOT!! Spoiled!! Arabian Protectavest poster pony lives on in my heart http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o...pscc2a5330.jpg



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    Now I am looking for a saddler...

    Thank you for the advice!



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    I had what sounds like a similar occurrence, 20+ years ago. The front rivet failed on the stirrup bar during a heckuva run out hunting in Virginia. Imagine my surprise when at full gallop the stirrup leather slipped off the bar. No chance of pulling THAT horse up on a run, so I just kept my toe up to not lose the stirrup and a couple of miles later got to a spot where I could stop and regroup. Simply put the leather back on and closed the swivel on the bar for the rest of the day.

    Yes, there was a break in the tree where the rivet failed, easily fixed by Journeyman Saddlers in Middleburg. Still have the saddle, would be using it except it doesn't fit either horse.



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    This happened to my HDR. I sent it to them, they had it for 2-3 weeks and it's been like new since.
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    Thank you for the solidarity Squirt and Beverley! I feel much better knowing it can be fixed



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