A couple of weeks back, I purchased a saddle at the Donnybrook Auction. I couldn't help myself once I saw all the fine detail of the leather work or that cute horses face looking back at me.
To say that this saddle needed some love is an understatement. It was covered in years of grime, bird poop, cobwebs and lord knows what else.
I started to look on-line to see what my options are to bring this heavy piece of leather back to life.
On many sites they recommended Old English and warm water to clean it. So I went to my cabinet, retrieved the cleaning supplies and got to work. What a bunch of work it was! I can honestly say that I had no idea of the intricacies and detail that goes into the assembling of a saddle. There are nooks and crannies, parts that detach easily and others, well, those can stay!
After scrubbing for over an hour, she is looking good.
Sadly the saddle was neglected for too long and the leather is dried out in many areas and there is what appears to be mouse damage to the straps. I will be purchasing and applying a saddle conditioner to it soon!
**Side note of interest!**
My aunt and (wait a minute for this one!) my second cousins ex-husband, came for dinner on the weekend. He used to live in town with my cousin years ago. Sadly, as with many divorces, they had to sell their beautiful farm house and many items within it.
Well, wasn't he walking around my home asking what kind of goodies I picked up, and low and behold, he notices the saddle. HIS saddle! Turns out, once the property was sold, many items had to find new homes, including animals and their paraphernalia. We do not know where this saddle was for the past 10 years, but it has found a new home with me! With the occasional visit from it's previous owner!
It never ceases to amaze me how the universe works!
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.