Western Saddle (Breyer's earliest!) (Sale supports Harvest Hills Animal Shelter)
Most people don't realize that Breyer began making tack and accessories for their models as early at 1972. We're not counting the molded plastic tack that came with Western Horses, etc., but tack sold by itself, scaled to fit most of their Traditional series models. This saddle is an example of one of Breyer's earliest tack items.
This Breyer saddle was made from 1972-1978. It is made of genuine, thick leather with attention to all the details people had in their real saddles: Metal front and rear cinch rings, D-rings for accessories, floral tooling, tapaderos over the stirrups, a metal horn, and even woven latigo straps.
This saddle shows some speckling from having been stored in a damp place, and ought to be washed with a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water then dried in open air to insure it doesn't worsen.
We're not sure if it originally came with the bridle, but it is a typical Breyer snaffle bridle in matching tan leather, and will be included. Noseband has a pattern of squares embossed in the leather. The bit rings have rusted and need cleaning. Cheek strap is adjustable via a leather buckle. Split reins are knotted at the end for showing model. This is the real deal in vintage tack... When you adjust the saddle, its leather squeaks like the real thing!
[Horse not included. Watch for her in our restoration techniques video, though!]
This model was donated to our charity account for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, and proceeds from its sale will help the shelter care for dogs and kitties in need. Thanks for your support!
Breyer Model #3655