I actually finished the saddle.

Yes.

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It’s got issues, of course. There are some angles of it I deliberately chose not to get pictures of, they’re that bad. But it is my third attempt at an english saddle, and I think it’s an improvement over this one?
Here are some pics of it on a horse: (ignore the pad- it was made for another saddle so it doesn’t fit well)

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One thing that bothers me is the way it’s sitting on the horse. I think it’s too high in front and too low in back. I think my panels aren’t quite thick enough.

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I also think that problem is only accentuated by Gem Twist’s back. I stuck it on LG, and it kind of helped, but now I’m wondering if it’s too big for that mold.
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Here’s my fail at symmetry a top view:

Saddle3_4If there is one thing I am happy with, it’s the girth. I made it following another one of Jennifer’s tack tips. I discovered that it’s easier to cover things with skiver first, then dye, instead of the other way around. Dyeing the skiver beforehand made my leather so stiff and frustrating to work with, and blotchy as well. Dyeing afterword seemed to help with that…

Saddle3_7What do you think? Any help would be appreciated!

5 thoughts on “I actually finished the saddle.

  1. For only your 3rd saddle, it looks great! The girth looks nice too. The cuts seem to be pretty straight and smooth. I’m not expert though. Mostly to me the only issue seems to be the amount of ‘curve’ in the seat. Otherwise everything looks really nice and the stitching is great!

  2. It’s a HUGE improvement over the first saddle and is very nice overall.

    If you’re using aluminum from a soda can for the tree, I’d suggest switching to a slightly heavier but still lightweight sheet metal. This can be found at any hobby store and can be cut with tin snips. The heavier metal holds its shape better and will help you create a deeper seat.

    As for the fit issues, it took me many, many pattern revisions before my saddles really sat down and around the horse. Things that helped me were cutting the flaps longer and “downer”. Also, try spacing the panels a bit further apart in front so that the saddle can fit over the withers. I also make my panels thinner in front and thicker in back to level up the seat section.

    Glad you’re happy with the girth. I think it looks great!

    🙂

    1. Thank you! I found some sheet metal at a hobby shop last week. (great way to kill time, though my wallet hates it, haha) I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

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