How do I soften stiff western saddle fenders?

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How do I soften stiff western saddle fenders?

Post  JezzaBella on Thu Jul 09, 2009 12:04 pm

Aside from conditioning regularly, how exactly can I twist them outwards more. THey torque my toes in and I fight to keep my toes out, so my knees take the brunt and not only I lose my stirrups constantly but makes for really sore knees. I heard about conditioning them then tying them out with broomsticks, but how exactly does that work? I can't wrap my head around it. It's a big ol heavy Lufkin roper (I'm not familiar with the name). Husband's dad used it when they were kids and it's been sitting since, I have it cleaned up and nicely conditioned but it's so stiff, drives me nuts. Other than that it's in great shape, flocking is pretty worn down but nothing cracked or curling. Super comfy too so I really want to get it in more pliable riding condition.
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Post  Newfie Rider on Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:05 pm

To do it with a broom handle is pretty easy......just hang the saddle somwhere where the stirrups can hang free, twist the stirrups around, and pass the broom handle through both stirrups.
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Post  JezzaBella on Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:48 am

I was told to use that trick, but I dun get how exactly... So i'd twist the stirrups outward 180 degrees? Cause the way they hang right now are like they do when you buy a new saddle, sideways and not in riding position. So to twist them to riding position I'd have to use two broom handles or over twist them outwards so I can pass a pole through both stirrups. Is that right?
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Post  Newfie Rider on Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:53 am

I'll have to stop by and give you a hand. I'll give you a call later!
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Post  Whipple on Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:50 pm

I found a picture for you.

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Post  Newfie Rider on Fri Jul 10, 2009 5:14 pm

Perfect picture Whipple.....thanks!
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Post  JezzaBella on Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:11 pm

yeah I thought about that after the fact lol.. Thanks for the pic tho whipple!

I had it in my head to use two broomsticks, I dunno why ahah.
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