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I want to change out the conchos I have on my saddle now to slotted ...
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    Changing Western Saddle Conchos

    I want to change out the conchos I have on my saddle now to slotted ones so I can put saddle strings on. How do I go about getting the ones that are on there now off? And getting new ones on? I don't know ifs it easy and self explanatory but I would like to know if its something I can do myself? Thanks
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    on the saddle I just bought, I had to have the husband get them started...if you can push the concho in with your thumbs while turning, it seems to work alright, and as a bonus, you won't cut your fingers trying to unscrew them (like I almost did when I tried gripping from the edge.
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    They just unscrew.

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    Aren't slotted conchos made for a saddle string that loops through the saddle tree, requiring two holes drilled through the tree, per each concho? So you'd have to drill the saddle tree, too?

    If you just want to add saddle strings, you could buy a D-ring with a metal tab that has a hole in it. Take off a concho, put the screw through the D ring's metal tab, screw the (old or new) concho on. Then, cut a slit in each saddle string and attach the string to the D-ring. Like these: (goes off to find pic...)


    No conchos on this saddle but the D-rings are there.

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    see the thing is mine doesn't have visible screws like that saddle..they are more like this picture here so I am guessing they could push down and turn off like the other person replied.. what is underneath a concho like this?
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    there's a screw that's attached to the back. sort of like the post of an earring for pierced ears.
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    Chevy,
    The picture that tack collector put up would be the least expensive way to go but not as strong as full strings as they are pulled through the saddle tree.
    Holes are drilled through the tree and sealed,then the strings are pulled through and fed through the conchos.
    The string is then split to make the blood knots or weave.

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    Tack Collector..who made the saddle you posted ?

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