|Linda's McClintock Saddle|
|July 22, in Linda's McClintock|
|Waves on the the withers~|
I tried not to call & harass Garry as the months went by. When I did reach him, he'd been in an auto accident, in the hospital & was just getting back to work. Yes, my saddle would be done soon. Then - he had additional health issues & again - my saddle was being worked on. Finally, I had to say; "Either the saddle or my money back!" At that point I was told it would be in the mail in a week. The week stretched to two & the new saddle arrived last Sat. We returned home on Sunday. Butch sat out the stand & helped me unpack it. It's hard to express the total disappointment I felt as it came free of the box.
|Holes in the leather on the Pommel|
|off side rigging adjustment strap|
|Near side rigging|
|Reinforced rigging on Linda's|
|Off side with Bucking roll attached|
|Uneven screws from side-to-side, we had to move the left, to install the bucking rolls.|
|Bucking roll now in place~|
We took a closer look & realized that the entire saddle is crooked. The off side seems fine, the near side somehow doesn't match it. When I picked up Linda's saddle yesterday & we sat them side-by-side last night - the differences were blatantly obvious.
|Something crooked this way comes... You can also see where the rawhide trim is already loose 1/3rd of the way up the off-side.|
|Linda's -Both sides equal & flare out~|
|Crooked somewhere in the tree - large gaps, shoddy work~|
|Uneven~ You can see too, how the leather on the right in the photo flares down, under the D-ring|
Tomorrow, we're heading over to visit Everett, pick up hay & we're taking both saddles with us. Everett has kindly agreed to build me a saddle just like Linda's - if that's what I want. It will take a couple months to get a tree & until Fall for completion. I've asked Linda, she may be willing to sell her saddle. I'm going to ask Everett for an estimate as to what it would cost to replace the sheepskin & rigging - which is getting old now & showing it's age. Also - the possibility of adding padding to the seat. Then his eye as to how the fit for Farah is. At this point in the game - whatever will work best is what I'll do.
Another story for another day~! Keep your fingers crossed for me - that Mr. McClintock will refund my money - which he says he doesn't have until he sells this saddle. Personally - I can't even see it selling... Since he wasn't as good as his word when it came to ripping me off - I can't imagine that his word is any good when it comes to "making it right" & refunding our hard earned money... I have to ask myself - which saddle gods I've managed to tick off?