I have an older saddle that has a two rips on the pommel (one on each side). Is it possible to stitch it up or somehow to prevent the rips from spreading? How much does it usually cost to have this sort of problem repaired? Would I need to ship my saddle somewhere or can someone like a show repair place do it locally?
Some saddlers will patch a rip like that -- Looks like they glue a piece of leather over it -- I'm not sure if they stitch it together first -- I've seen a few saddles that have been repaired in this way, and they all happen to belong to trainers -- So, I know they get heavy use -- The patches seem to hold up well, and you can't see them when the rider is seated --
I assume patching is far less expensive than replacing the seat -- I'd call around to local saddlers to get a price --
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My DD bought a saddle off eBay that was ripped as you describe and the seller refused to make good on it. Said you couldn't "Really see it"!! I called a local saddle maker here in OK and he told me he usually fixed those rips with super glue!! You squirt it generously through the crack, press together and wait for it to dry. Simple, cheap, quick repair. We did it and it worked perfectly. With no noticeable repair evidence. DD later sold the saddle - it didn't fit her horse - and explained the damage/repair to the prospective buyer. Buyer was totally satisfied with the repair and saddle when she saw it.
It's super expensive to really *fix* it, because that requires a whole new seat. But as other have said, it's easy to repair it well enough and keep it from spreading. I had this sort of thing patched on one of my saddles back in the day, and I more recently helped a friend use superglue on hers. Easy-peasy.
Originally Posted by tidy rabbit
Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community.
I took mine to a saddle repair guy who made a patch, cut it to fit nicely, glued it on. Then he stripped and redyed the entire saddle so it blended together. Cost me about $150 but the saddle had water damage marks on it so that was part of the cost.