I have to admit, the hunter snob in me winces every time I see a photo of a tooled English saddle.The tackmaker in me, however, has a completely different reaction. Tooled English saddles represent a challenge I simply cannot resist--at least not when I have a friend like Erin Corbett to help me out!
Erin is one of the model horse hobby's premier Western saddle makers. Her tooling skills are second to none, and I couldn't imagine a better collaborator for this particular project. I sent her a couple pattern pieces, and this came back in return.
It took me almost a month to work up the courage to cut out...
and prepare the pieces.
Fortunately, I managed not to cut through any of Erin's hard work...
and the saddle went together very easily.
and panels on!
Stirrups and leathers off...Stirrups and leathers on!
After so many months of talking about this, it's extremely satisfying to see the project to fruition. Even the hunter snob in me approves!
P.S. This saddle will be listed on My Auction Barn sometime in the next couple days. Since neither Erin or I are taking commissions, this is a unique opportunity to own a piece by both of us.