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IYO: Is it worth widening a gullet channel on a well-made older saddle?

Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by savethewhaley, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    The cost to properly re-engineer a saddle like that most likely far exceeds the value of the saddle, itself...by a lot.
     
  2. Rhythm 'n Blues

    Rhythm 'n Blues Senior Member

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    Remember that when you widen a channel you are giving up surface area on the panels to accommodate it. Those older saddles don't tend to have a very big/wide bearing surface, and widening the channel will eat into that........
     
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  3. aFlamingAngel

    aFlamingAngel Senior Member

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    $100 doesn't sound out Landish to me, but I'm assuming the OP lives in an area where tack repair is generally cheaper than my area? assuming it's a quality job, I'd do it.

    op- have you seen examples of his work before? it's worth finding the most skilled person to repair your tack.
     
  4. Shmee

    Shmee Senior Member

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    Yes, this is why a saddle repair person told me she would not be willing to widen the channel on an older saddle.
     
  5. savethewhaley

    savethewhaley Senior Member

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    Finally got to talk to the saddle guy over the phone last night late. He said that I could do it but the most he could widen it would be about 3/4 of an inch without changing my saddle to the point where it might be compromised or not fit my horse. Decided not to go through with it- I don't think it would be worth it and my correction pad works well enough.
    Thanks!
     

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