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OK, so we got my daughter a new saddle (13" seat). She loves it. BUT! ...
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    Question Saddle Fender & Rigging Question?

    OK, so we got my daughter a new saddle (13" seat). She loves it. BUT! Here's the issue. The fenders are a lot smaller/narrower at the top on this one than her old one. The fender does not come close to the rigging ring at all, and when she is sitting in the saddle, the rigging ring "bugs" her leg. On her first ride in it (in shorts, gotta love my redneck girl) she got off and had a raw spot on her leg. Her stirrups are adjusted so she has a little room at her crotch when standing in the stirrups, maybe about 2 inches.

    Now we are worried that even if she wears pants/jeans, she will still get a "rubby" or "hot" spot. I hate to think we bought a saddle she can't/won't use, and we also don't have a saddle shop around here that could replace the fenders with wider ones (that would look funny anyways, since its a very detailed saddle). I started looking and noticed a lot of youth or smaller saddles seemed to have fenders that are really narrow at the top, and hung low so that some of the rivets can be seen! Whats up with that??

    Any thoughts/suggestions? Do I need to get pics or did I explain it OK?
    Thanks!

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    The fenders slide up into the seat. In your case the fenders are down making them skinny at the top. Just slide the fender up while pulling down on the inside. They are not fixed to the tree but just pass through a slot.
    Most western saddles are rigged with the cinch about under the horn. I hate this rigging and it is full rigging or 7/8th rigging.
    I too have problems with the cinch ring.
    I have custom rigging made for about $57 and use a 23 inch dressage girth. It gives a smooth feeling under the fender and puts the rigging back to about 50/50. Pulls down on the back of the saddle and at no time do I feel the buckles under my leg.
    I remove the stock rigging and screw this one to the tree.
    You can also see how the fenders slide through the slot in the tree so they can be moved up or down to suit

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    We had to slide the fenders down when we lengthened the stirrups for her, or else the stirrup wouldnt fit over the fender width at the bottom and the keeper wrap around correctly. We tried sliding them back up, but they wont go high enough to cover the rigging unless we shorten it up so its way too short for her (but a good height for one of the little neighborhood kids, too bad we are the only ones with horses, or Id consider selling THEM the saddle, lol)

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    Those two Billy Royals have an extra flap that covers the rigging.
    so does this Tex Tan. Would something like that fix the problem? This Tex Tan has the stirrup let down in the next-to-last position.

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    Sliding the fenders up or down has NOTHING to do with the length of the stirrup. You can slide the fender up and at the same time the length does not change. If it doesn't slide easily for you push up on one side while pulling down on the other. They are NOT attached to the tree in any way. They just loop over the slot in the tree and this could make them harder to slide but slide they do.

    As for the tooled leather fenders, if you ride alot that tooling will wear right through your leg. You want smooth fenders if you spend alot of time in a saddle.

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    Take the fender in the saddle in the bottom picture. You can take off the strap just above the stirrup and slide that fender up into the saddle without changing the length of the stirrup. It is just a loop through the tree so stirrup length isn't affected and yet the width increases around the rigging.

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    Sliding the fenders up or down has NOTHING to do with the length of the stirrup. You can slide the fender up and at the same time the length does not change...
    Within the midrange lengths. Not at extreme short, or extreme long. You can only slide the fenders (and leathers) up or back within a certain range, because there is a finite length of stirrup leather between the bottom of the fender and the Blevins buckle. That Tex Tan is one hole short of maxed out. The fender has to hang where it is: The top of the fender is it is below the skirt.

    Those Billy Royals are adjusted to the opposite extreme: The stirrups are shortened all the way, that the fender is stuffed under the skirt as far as it goes.

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    And thats the issue with her new saddle, I cant pull the fender up any further or else the blevins buckle will be on the wrong side of the stirrup!!! We pulled the fender all the way as far as it would go. But Im thinking an EXTRA flap of leather over the rigging would work. Thanks! Now if only I could FIND someone skilled in saddles and leather to do it, lol

    My daughter is 14 years old and 58 inches tall (4 ft 10 inches) and about 62 lbs. Very petite is an understatement. She is the same height/size as our 10 year old neighbor's daughter, lol. She just upgraded from a 10" to a 13" saddle, lmao. She doesn't have a bum to fill a seat, and she is all leg so her stirrups are tricky on a saddle that small. She's itty bitty but she adores my new aussie saddle, even if its WAY too big for her, lol

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    There are some shops that you can ship your saddle to for repairs.

    TC, do you remember the lady on here that got a new black seat put on her saddle? She sent it to a shop in Texas if I remember correctly. He did a great job and was reasonable on his prices. I'll see if I can find the thread...
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    Ah ha! FOUND IT!
    THE SADDLE GUY is an Artist! Look at my saddle now!

    http://www.thesaddleguy.com Email him with photos of the saddle and explain what you want done. He should be able to give you a cost estimate.
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