I ride in an old (ancient!) Hermes Steinkraus which I love and don't want to give up. However, the flap is wearing thin where the girth buckles rub against it. It hasn't worn through yet, but I fear there isn't much life left in that leather.
Is this something that can be repaired? How would it be done and does it look atrocious afterwards?
The Great White North, where we get taxed out the wazoo
I would contact the company and see what they might suggest, or take it to the most expert repair place you know of and ask. Patching on the inside is a great idea, but might it be possible to replace the flap(s) as well? I have an aging Crosby that I adore that I am wondering about replacing the panels underneath on as they are cracking. Its hard to part with a saddle you love...
Yeah, I use billet guards. It's just a really old saddle that has seen a lot of wear over the years. But it's such a perfect saddle...lol. Thanks everyone for the advice, I will see if any of these patching options might work.
I have an ancient Hermes as well, that I am having repaired by Hermes. I just called the Hermes store, and they said bring it in. I wanted to make sure that the integrity of the saddle was kept. Good Luck!
Smith Worthington Saddle Company is in Hartford, CT and they do outstanding work in their in-house facility. Their prices are awesome, but don't let that fool you: these folks know what they're doing. http://smithworthington.com/
equinekingdom, David Young is about three hours SW of you in Greenville, SC and he is excellent. I think there's someone closer to you too, but the name is slipping my mind. Stupid Fridays! 864-370-3143 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are plenty of others, too. Some ways to ferret them out:
1. Ask your local tack shop, although many of them will just refer you to Beval (which is fine, but Beval is very pricey. It's like sending your car to the dealership for repair instead of using an independent mechanic: you'll get wonderful work, but you'll pay top dollar for it.)
2. Find a Society of Master Saddlers certified saddler. They maintain a list on their web site, but even that is incomplete. For example, they list Suzie Schurer of Schurer Saddlery in Pennsylvania, but they don't note that she's a saddle repairperson (and she is, and a very good one at that.)
3. Ask on COTH.