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  • Very strange saddle question...Help..

    I love my Abetta Endurance saddle, but would like to get rid of the fenders and replace them with English leathers and irons.

    Has anyone ever done this? If so, how?

    And how did it work out?

    Or are there any other Endurance saddles out there with English leathers?

    I really can't afford another saddle at this time, so I figured I ask first before looking into a new saddle.

    Thanks...
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    I don't know why you couldn't thread the english stirrup leathers through the same place in the tree that the leathers go through now. The only problem I can see is that there will be no "E" bar safety release as is available on most English saddles. It's your saddle, kit it out for YOUR comfort if that is what you want to do. A good compromise would be to use Australian leathers. Like these: http://www.downunderweb.com/store/Tack_Leathers.html. the only problem I have with these though is that the leather is too thick to go through the regular English stirrup but since I use EZ ride endurance stirrups it doesn't matter.
    "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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      #3
      Originally posted by PRS View Post
      I don't know why you couldn't thread the english stirrup leathers through the same place in the tree that the leathers go through now. The only problem I can see is that there will be no "E" bar safety release as is available on most English saddles. It's your saddle, kit it out for YOUR comfort if that is what you want to do. A good compromise would be to use Australian leathers. Like these: http://www.downunderweb.com/store/Tack_Leathers.html. the only problem I have with these though is that the leather is too thick to go through the regular English stirrup but since I use EZ ride endurance stirrups it doesn't matter.
      Thanks - The irons I have now are the break aways... I just didn't know if the leathers would pinch her skin if the fenders were not present...
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      • #4
        I did this for my kids when they were small as western fenders are so bulky and they make it hard for their legs to hang in a comfortable position so I don't see why you couldn't do it!

        Just buy sheepskin to put over the leathers if you want to ride in shorts. That will take care of the pinch.

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        • #5
          If pinching is a concern, this link has slip-on fenders and sheepskin covers.

          http://www.american-flex.com/stirrups.htm

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            #6
            Okay, I did it.

            It took a little doing, but I was able to unbuckle the fenders and slide them out.

            Just to clarify, where do I put the
            English leathers?

            I attached them right above the rigging, as there was no way I could slide them up in the same spot as the fenders were. Unless there is a secret to doing it???
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Huntertwo View Post
              I love my Abetta Endurance saddle, but would like to get rid of the fenders and replace them with English leathers and irons.

              Has anyone ever done this? If so, how?

              And how did it work out?

              Or are there any other Endurance saddles out there with English leathers?

              I really can't afford another saddle at this time, so I figured I ask first before looking into a new saddle.

              Thanks...
              Sure.

              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...et_saddle1.jpg

              http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ers_grove3.jpg

              Took off the fenders on my Abetta, put on english leathers, trail stirrups, and fleece covers. I loved riding that way.
              "My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well." -- Revan

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                #8
                Originally posted by dreamswept View Post
                Sure.

                http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...et_saddle1.jpg

                http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ers_grove3.jpg

                Took off the fenders on my Abetta, put on english leathers, trail stirrups, and fleece covers. I loved riding that way.
                Dreamswept,
                Did you put the leathers on riggings?

                I took off the fenders last night, but there wasn't away to put the leathers way up where the fenders where...

                Love your Haffie by the way...
                MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
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                • #9
                  You have to thread the leathers through the same slots that the fenders were in. It is way up under the jockeys.
                  "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."

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                  • #10
                    What prs said. I would not trust the rigging, myself. I've done this on an Abetta and had no problems. A flashlight could be your friend. Or, do what I have had to do when replacing Western fenders. Get some baling twine, fish it through the slot first, then tie thru hold in leathers and haul with all your might.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Huntertwo View Post
                      Dreamswept,
                      Did you put the leathers on riggings?

                      I took off the fenders last night, but there wasn't away to put the leathers way up where the fenders where...

                      Love your Haffie by the way...
                      http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...et_saddle5.jpg

                      Nope. Stuck 'em on the same slot that the fenders were on. I pretty much did what Jeano suggested, except I did loosen up the two leather concho/rosette things (as defined by the saddle strings) which made it a little easier to get some fingers up under the flap.

                      I used the same sort of set up with my Barefoot saddle, which was admittedly a lot easier, but I've gone back to fenders with my Sensation (wish it would get here already!)

                      YUP! The Haffie is cute boots.
                      "My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well." -- Revan

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                        #12
                        Thanks - I guess I have a project to do this weekend...
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                        • #13
                          Have fun with that.
                          "My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well." -- Revan

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                            #14
                            I should have done what Jeano suggestion and tied the leathers to the original fenders and pulled it through. Darn!
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                            • #15
                              Baling twine is your friend. Although I used a shoestring. Took off the fenders first, and then ran the leathers through.

                              Try and get the buckle at the bottom by your stirrup if you can.
                              "My time here is ended. Take what I have taught you and use it well." -- Revan

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