Girth Straps – Shiny Side Up or Shiny Side Down?

Girth Straps – Shiny Side Up or Shiny Side Down?

Back in March, I asked my Social Media followers a question regarding girth straps and which side is the 'right' side. Don't Shoot The Messenger Well, before you all shoot the messenger, what I am about to tell you is what is known as the 'correct' way. Ask your Saddler/Saddle Fitter This doesn't mean that you have to go straight out and have your straps changed. The 'Correct' Way Girth straps should be stitched onto the webbs of your saddle with the dull side up (shiny side facing down). An awful lot of saddles are made with the girth straps the other way round (shiny side up). This is predominantly due to consumer requests. Whilst training for my City and Guilds Saddle Making qualification, I was taught to do everything the correct way. This includes hand-stitching girth straps into saddles with the dull side up as this is the safest and most durable way for them to be done. Customer's Preference Most customers don't like the look of the girth straps...
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Leather Repair Service

Leather Repair Service

If you follow me on social media, you will have noticed a leather repair advert, like the one above, has been posted out each month, since the New Year. It's just one way of reminding people that I carry out repair work without giving the hard sell. The main sort of repairs are usually as follows: Bridle headpieces, loop replacement, cheeks reduced, flash loop removed.Saddle stitching redone, girth straps replaced.Headcollar buckles replaced, restitched chapes.Girth stitching replacedBoots (Horse and Human) - replacement of zips or straps.Bag straps replaced, lining removed and replaced and a complete refurbishmentBelts shortened, buckles changed, replaced stitching Leather Repair Gallery This list is not the only thing I repair, I have also repaired car seats and a leather jacket. There is nothing that I won't have a go at, as long as it comes to me in a clean state and not covered in thick mud. Cost Prices vary from job to job but as a general idea, the minimum cost I charge is £10.00...
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The Truth About Boot Zip Repairs

The Truth About Boot Zip Repairs

Since starting my Saddler journey I have been inundated with enquiries for boot zip repairs . I have done some in the past but the actual truth of the matter is, they are a pig to do! Following conversations I've had with other Saddlers, I believe I'm not the only one who thinks this. It certainly would explain the reason why you, the customer, is struggling to find someone who repairs them at a reasonable cost. I'm also acutely aware that some cobblers, whom speciality is actually shoes and boots don't (or won't) touch them either, I wonder why?! What do you, think is a reasonable cost to repair your boots? To be honest, it is probably not worth the time and effort we, the Saddlers, have to put in to, first remove the defective zip and then somehow put a new zip in. Saddlers often charge by the hour, plus materials and other expenses and so this often ramps up the price for the customer. Manufacturer of...
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