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I have dis mantled my first saddle. it is a 1974 circle y roping saddle. i am ready to restitch and refleece. 1st , who sells the best synthetic fleece and what is  best glue to use. also is it necessary to re use the ring type nails or can i just use galvanised nails of the same length and size(on the rebuild) ? thanks so much

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My opinion:  Don't waste time using a synthetic fleece.  DON'T use ring shank nails. They are too hard to remove and if you need the extra strength, you have bigger problems than a ring shank will solve.  I use blue lathe nails 1 1/8".  You don't want a permanent bond when installing the fleece, so use rubber cement around the edges and then stitch.  Let the fleece breathe with the leather and it will last longer.  Be sure to use the same stitch holes as doing otherwise will perforate the leather and ruin the skirts. Have fun.

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Dry wall screws are a good replacement for most tacks and nails in saddle work. Ring shank nails are a big no-no

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