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Replacing Fleece On Saddles

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I just received 4 saddles from a family memember who's had them stuffed in her garage for the last 15 years or so. They all need oil, but other then that they're still in great shape. All four of them belonged to my dad, so I'm guessing they are at least 30 years old, maybe older. But, the fleece needs to be replaced in a bad way. I've never had to have fleece replaced before so I'm wondering what kind of cost I'm looking at. I'm figuring at least a couple hundred dollars each, if not more. Anyone ever have to have this done? What price range should I expect?

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I had an old saddle done about 5 years ago. Cost me $80, which I thought was great. Had a lot more trouble finding someone who could do it.

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I am looking at 140 to get mine done on the circle y.. but I am thinking bout looking outside the state at more reputable people have had too much problems with the local one.

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I called one place who quoted me $165-$195 each, depending on if I go with the good stuff, or the cheaper synthetic stuff. I also have the names of 3 people who do saddle work out of their home. Called and left messages, but haven't heard back from them yet. I'd be thrilled if I can get them done for $100 each,or less. One of them also needs the strings replaced, thinking that would be another $30 or so. Another one needs repairs to the stirrups, but not much.. I'm sure that'll be extra too.

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When I refleece a saddle, I do it with heavy a synthetic fiber fleece from Weaver Leather. They also have real wool fleece attached to a fiber backing. It's been several years since I bought anything from Weaver's, but the synthetic fleece was priced at around $15.00 a yard then. The real wool fleece attached to a fiber backing was around $30.00 a yard.

I'll be getting a new catalog from Weaver later this week when I go to their annual leather goods and leather equipment auction.

Leather is sold in a bigtop tent on the first day, and equipment is sold the second day in another bigtop tent.

I'll be purchasing several items from the warehouse as well as things I might buy in the auction. Going there is really a treat and I don't mind driving the 150-some miles to get there. Paul Weaver has given me many things free of charge. When I told him, "You don't need to do that!" he said, "I know I don't have to, but I own the company so I can!" :smileywavey:

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I just had this done, recently enough that we picked the saddle up last weekend. I purchased the saddle knowing the fleece needed replaced.

it cost me $250 to have it done, the lady used real fleece. She did a great job also, i'm quite pleased. I found her through the tack store when I just called up to ask if they could recommend anyone to do the repair, they said she came once a week to pick things up and she could always call me with a price quote before working on it.

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Had a western saddle refleeced about 4 years ago. It was around $275 and Hope Saddlery, out of Conway, SC was the one who did the work. I would highly recommend them.

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We had one refleeced about 5 years ago. We had it done with synthetic fleece and it cost around $80 to have it done. We use a local Amish harness and saddle repair shop. Joe does quality work, uses qulity materials, and is usually cheaper than most of his English competition (apparently their time is worth more than his).

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I picked up a supply catalog at Weaver Leather, and their heavy weight synthetic fleece is priced at $13.90 a yard. That's 60 inches by 36 inches for one yard, enough for two saddles. That is the wholesale price, so one would need a vendor's license or tax number to purchase from the supply catalog.

For shearling sheepskin, the wholesale price ranges from $65.50 to $91.06, according to size.

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