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    Learning, Saddle Construction, Horsemanship, Stockmanship, Roping

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  1. That saddle is a thing of beauty! Very impressive. Really like your tooling and the smoothness of the lines and edges of your rig MLGilbert. Very nicely done! I agree with EdOdgers on ground seat and learned the exact same lesson on first saddle I built. I can also vouch for his advice on stitching cantle bindings - It is what I like to do and the technique he outlines has helped me a lot. Very good work MLGilbert - Look forward to seeing more!
  2. From the perspective of roping and tieing down larger animals I like the idea of the rear rigging ring attached further back just like it is shown on the two recent saddles you have pictured. In my mind it gives more leverage against the saddle lifting...Especially when you are taking a hard pull from off the front end of the horse. I've seen horses tied off to big animals where the back of the saddle had a 8" gap between the skirts and the horses back - I cant see that feeling good for the horse as the tree would be tipped up on the bar ends into the wither pocket... However, most of us are guilty of occasionally packing our rear cinch around hanging loose - At which point the rear rigging attachment location is a moot point as it is strictly 'decorative' in that case! Ron L
  3. Wow! That saddle is beautiful - Really like the clean lines and the combination of roughout vs tooled! Excellent work! Ron L
  4. Randy, very nice looking saddle - Your cantle binding looks great! Stitching looks really good. It's nice to see the progression from one saddle to the next! Nice work! Ron L
  5. Dirty Dusty, I am not an experienced maker but my 2 cents are: Either technique you mentioned above will work. The biggest factor is that there must be a clear 'tunnel' for your stirrup leather to slide through when the seat is complete and the shape must reflect what you want in a ground seat. I personally use plugs and risers. It is straightforward and eliminates having to cut tunnels after the fact (eliminates chance of scoring the rawhide). I then build up over that to get a seat shape I like. Do you have a photo of the Dusty Smith tree? That may help others chime in - Once we can see how he has shaped the bars near the handhole. Here are two pics on my last build for reference: Ron L
  6. here are some dimension photos if you need them howlback:
  7. I'll second oltoot - This is my favorite type. Easy to make and conserves leather usage.
  8. Looks good sir! Do you sew zipper in inside out to or sew that first and then the rest of the bag? Nice end result whatever you did!
  9. Previously I never understood the need for angled stirrups as I am long legged / very bow legged so my leg has always contoured nicely to the side of a horse... However, I shattered my left knee last year in a bad wreck and since then my left leg has been bolted back together / healed up almost straight...I would strongly consider angled stirrups now to take some of the tension off it as it does not sit nearly as nicely as it did before. (my saddles all have hamley twist) I guess it may all depend on the physiology of the individual rider...and as Ed pointed out I can definitely see where a short legged/straight legged/knock kneed rider would find this beneficial. Ron
  10. Very impressive Ryan! Really like your tooling and the clean lines! Quality of this saddle definitely shows that we are in the 'Golden Age' of craftsmanship! Ron L
  11. Ken, I sure didn't take it as an attack and I think it's good very good advice. Making me re-think this whole deal for sure. Last thing I need is a lawsuit... I am going to go back to my old motto of 'no repairs'. Too many variables to be worth it - Especially for a guy like me who does this as a hobby and in theory 'for fun'. RDL
  12. Hello Ken, I agree that this is not an ideal repair. In this situation it was for a friend...I would never offer this for someone I didn't know well and even then, in retrospect, I will not do this type of repair again. I had a wreck this year with a colt and went through two surgeries and then spent three months in a wheelchair. It gave me a new perspective on taking risks and is just not worth it. Biggest issue here is I have no control on how this saddle is used. If it was used for riding only / roping smaller calves I would be comfortable. For roping anything larger I do believe that the bolt could put enough pressure on the swell that it will split vertically. I have warned my friend that roping out of this thing is dangerous. I did chat to some tree makers and we concluded that the only way to have repaired this saddle 100% was to replace the entire tree. Appreciate your comments & time! Regards, RDL
  13. Update: This saddle was used all summer and I had told client to be pretty careful with it - Ie: rope only calves... Well long story short, they roped calves out of it, it worked fine, so they roped a few cows, it still was ok and now they tell me the've roped a few bulls out off this thing now. Scares me to say the least! Pics just before I dyed and oiled it:
  14. Bust up my leg bad this spring and spent three months on crutches. Built these to make hauling wallet/keys/phone etc easier while crutchbound...
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