Hey there, everyone! I recently got my first english saddle, an All Purpose Collegiate Convertible. I bought it used, but it was in super good condition, no wear at all. It’s really soft leather, no scratches or rubs and I want to keep it that way! I rode in it for the first time yesterday, and hoping to protect the flaps from stirrup leather rubs I used nylon stockings to protect the leather. I’m afraid it did more harm then good though, very light dark marks showed up after the ride! :eek: So what to do? Maybe buy sheepskin covers, or put the leathers under the flap? The previous owner rode in it for a whole summer and there were no rubs, how did she do it? Maybe my leg isn’t as steady as hers . . .
The seat also, is the softest leather I’ve ever felt. It’s sooo easy to scratch and nick, and I like to ride in jeans. Should I invest in a seat saver? If so, any recommendations?
One more thing, the barn I ride at has a tack room like a cave, diffidently NOT a climate controlled environment. I’m getting a good saddle cover, but do you think that’s good enough? Any thoughts?
If you all think I’m crazy and over protective of this thing, please let me know. Maybe I should just not stress about it. Thanks so much for your help in advance!