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  • Squeaky Saddle - Antares

    Hey everyone,

    Any thoughts on to why this would be happening? Any one dealt with something similar? I've contact the rep in my area, but she hasn't gotten back to me yet with a contact number.

    I bought my saddle in 2016, it's a 2010 model. Used it from 2016-2018 (sporadically during some months as I don't own my own horse and would ride whenever I could), then took a year off on it from 2018- beginning of 2019 due to leasing a horse with it's own custom saddle so it just sat. I started riding in it 3-5 days a week with multiple horses sometimes, and last week I noticed it was squeaking on the right side near the pommel when I walked slightly or posted trot. Fast forward to last nights ride, and I could really hear it in the walk, trot and canter.

    It hasn't had any falls or anything like that, so I'm awfully confused as to why it's doing this? I'm concerned it's going to be costing me an arm/leg to fix like everything in this industry.



  • #2
    have you oiled it? it sounds like it sat for quite a while and needs a good oil


    otherwise... my best guess is broken tree which would indeed be very costly

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    • #3
      Assuming everything is in working condition, no leather is cracked/compromised, the tree is intact/straight and the flocking hasn't broken down from sitting on a rack, it could just be squeaky from being in storage. Clean it good, oil everywhere you can get to (use a qtip if you have to!), and let it sit for a few days in a warm but dry room. If it's still loud, you can stick some baby powder up the point pocket and billets to see if that helps quiet it down.

      I would still continue to reach out to your local Antares rep though!
      I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.

      BaileyAnn Neal

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      • #4
        My Antares is a year old and it sounds squeaky/creaky sometimes—no clue why. Nothing is broken and my trainer who rides my horse in it would be the first to notice if something felt wrong. I think it might be a need for oiling.

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        • #5
          When my saddle made a squeaking noise from that same area, it turned out to be a popped rivet AND a broken gullet plate. You want to get that looked at before you end up with a broken tree. Mine had never been dropped or mistreated either, and there was no obvious sign. In fact, the squeaky noise even went away before the fitter was out and decided he wanted to open up the saddle to take a look. The only thing the fitter noticed was a little bit too much give when the saddle was flexed.

          Also - wasn't Antares the brand that had the tree problems? I remember reading about it on these forums.
          I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SolarFlare View Post
            When my saddle made a squeaking noise from that same area, it turned out to be a popped rivet AND a broken gullet plate. You want to get that looked at before you end up with a broken tree. Mine had never been dropped or mistreated either, and there was no obvious sign. In fact, the squeaky noise even went away before the fitter was out and decided he wanted to open up the saddle to take a look. The only thing the fitter noticed was a little bit too much give when the saddle was flexed.

            Also - wasn't Antares the brand that had the tree problems? I remember reading about it on these forums.
            Yes it was Antares that had the problem with broken trees. I would want to get that checked out first rather than oiling and hoping it goes away. Do the horses you are riding react in any way, do they seem uncomfortable or not willing to go forward?

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            • #7
              My old saddle Antares developed a noise one day. turned out to be a broken tree. The saddle had never had any problems before that day - never dropped, fallen on, etc. Thank goodness the saddle had a lifetime warranty - took some time to get the new tree and have it installed but it got fixed at no cost to me. Check your Antares warranty to see if the tree has a lifetie warranty. Thank goodness mine was a County!

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              • #8
                A good leather repair guy should be able to check it out pretty easily. I bought an Antares from eBay and it came with a broken gullet plate. I saw the asymmetrical pommel right out of the box and immediately took it to my local leather guy who did a few quick things and got to the gullet plate. We could see it had been welded back together. With that confirmation, I was able to return it as the seller had never disclosed anything about it (honestly not sure she even knew what I was talking about). Apparently, this is a super common issue with mid-2000s Antares (saddle in question was an 07 I think). AFAIK, Antares does not acknowledge this as an issue. The seller of that saddle contacted Antares about it (Antares had welded the plate back together) and said the company had said it was fine and 100% sound and that it wasn't a widespread issue at all. But there are enough stories on here and other forums that I think that's pretty bad business of them. In my opinion, a repaired tree is like a salvage car title -- they need to stamp a code when they repair the tree or something, especially when it's as obvious as this was.

                Anyway, sorry for the rant. I have an Antares now that I love, they are certainly nice saddles. Just get yours checked out. If you have a saddle guy around, I would start there and then do the oiling, etc. just to rule out any structural damage.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by BAC View Post

                  Yes it was Antares that had the problem with broken trees. I would want to get that checked out first rather than oiling and hoping it goes away. Do the horses you are riding react in any way, do they seem uncomfortable or not willing to go forward?
                  Nope! Everyone is always happy and go lucky when I ride in it. No complaints or sourness for the horses. I didn't really hear it when I rode the pony, just on the one horse REALLY badly.

                  Thanks everyone, I've reached out to the rep who promised they would get back to me with a number, but I haven't heard back yet. Mine's apparently a 2010. Hoping for a miracle lol.

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                  • #10
                    I had a County that got squeaky. A mare of mine flipped over a fence in it, so there was definitely a reason! But the squeaking started a year or two after the incident and I had several saddle fitters look at it (and feel it and try to bend and twist it) who felt that the tree was not broken and it was likely a sheared screw. I finally had a saddler open it up to take a look and found that the tree was, indeed, broken. I rode several horses in it over the 4-5 year period that it was squeaky and none ever "complained," or acted like it hurt. Once I found out, though, I had the tree replaced. It was well outside of warranty at 15+ years old, and I think it was around $1000 for an independent saddler to do the repairs.
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