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    Default Fleece disintegrated off western saddle

    Can a western saddle still be used if the fleece has disintegrated off of the underside? It's not worth fixing, as it is about 18 years old, and not a super expensive saddle to begin with. Can I use a thick pad and still ride in it? Or should it be "retired"?



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    Yeah, just pad it appropriately. The important thing is not to create ANY pressure points on the horse's back.

    I've got a turn of the century, hand tooled saddle that my dad bought me in the mid-1950s. All/most of the fleece, originally glued on, is gone, but I rode it for about a hundred thousand years with no issues.



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    If the rest of the saddle, including the tree is sound, you can have new fleece put on the saddle. I have had it done, and the saddle maker did a fantastic job with it.
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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. I will probably pad the saddle well, as it is not worth the cost of having it professionally refleeced. I COULD glue new fleece to the underside myself, but it might be better to just leave it alone. What would you do?



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