I was so pleased with the bronc halter, that I decided to go ahead and make a matching bronc saddle. Here is the result.
This was my main reference picture. Like my saddle, this one is a combination of rough out and smooth out leather.
I used Shannon Granger's method for attaching the fenders. In the past I've mounted the fenders to rings to get that swivel affect, but this was much easier.Another first for me--the swells were covered so that the seams went down the back of the pommel rather than along the sides. I rubbed the seat with gum tragacanth to give it a well used look.
The good news is that the saddle fits my bronc riding doll very well. His legs tuck in under the swells just like I was hoping!Unfortunately, the fit on the bronc is a lot more problematic. Calamity Jane is a bit on the small side anyway, and he back is much too short for the saddle. It almost looks like it would work because there's no back cinch or bucking strap. Once they're completed, however, I'm afraid there just won't be enough room.
Sigh. I do have a couple other resins that would make plausible saddle broncs, but I can't help but think that what I really want is a Nitro...