That is sad to hear.. the problem with ralide is as she said they cant change the tree, they cant make it specific, so you get what you get.. they do however take a lot of crap before they finally give.
Yeah, but I'd rather begin with a good rawhide-covered tree. I've got a couple of saddles out in the tackroom that have to be from the 1920's and the rawhide-covered trees are still intact. One, an H.P.C. Evers, from Brady, Texas, I picked up at the Horsetraders' Convention* back in the 70's. It looked like the death of the rag doll, but I brought it along slowly, straightening out the dried-up leather, sewing on new fleece, re-covering the stirrups, re-stringing it, etc. etc, ad nauseum
, until it was once again a usable rig.
Evers' great grandson got ahold of me here at Horse City and I promised him some pictures. I'll just have to wait until my daughter has time to come up and take some pictures with her phone.
* The Horsetraders' Convention: It was an annual four-day get-together at the horse auction at Grand Rapids, Ohio. Traders came from all over to trade around the clock from Thursday thru Sunday. They had a junk auction on Friday night and a horse auction on Saturday evening. Everybody was encouraged to take part, even the kids, and it was understood that you might get taken to the cleaners by a sharp trader. One kid got me! One of the Embach kids from rural Hudson, Michigan offered to trade cigarette lighters, sight unseen, and take fifty cents to boot. He said he'd guarantee that his would light the first time. We made the trade. That little potlicker dropped a kitchen match into my hand and repeated his guarantee - it'd light the first time! After that I was out of luck!
An old cowboy I knew had taken those kids under his wing. He told them never to sell, but trade and take boot money. Those kids came on Thursday with two horses, traded thirty-eight times over four days, and went home with four horses and a pocket full of money. A really good bunch of kids from a really good family! I miss those times!
Edited to say: I almost frogot to mention the rodeo they had on the last day of the convention. It was quite a deal.
Edited by Jack Baumgartner, 05 March 2012 - 10:27 AM.