Saddle Instructions

Assembly Instructions for Standard Strap Saddle Kits

Read entire Instruction Sheet before starting. Packing with an “unfinished” kit will void your warranty! Please finish the kit as per the instructions prior to use.

 Your saddle has been loosely assembled to show you the correct placement for all the parts.  Pay close attention, and it will aid you when you reassemble the saddle after sanding and finishing.

1). Remove the four screws using a #2 square drive or Phillips screwdriver from each sideboard.  Each saddle is handcrafted, and hand fitted.  Side boards are not interchangeable. Do one side at a time, so you don't get the pieces mixed up.

(Note: Remember the placement of the straps.)

 2). Using a wood rasp or heavy grit sandpaper round over the side boards.  Make sure that you don't leave any ridges. After the pieces are rounded smooth, use a finer grit sandpaper to get a smooth finish. (See Figure 2)

 3). The cross bucks have been preassembled and glued for your convenience. Sand the sides smooth and round the top pieces over.

 4). Reassemble the saddle without the straps for finishing (stain, oil, paint or varnish).    (Don't Glue anything!)

 5). After the wood parts have been finished, take the side pieces apart again. Install the straps as shown in Figure 1.  Apply glue to the bare wood where the side boards and cross bucks join. (We recommend weatherproof "Tite Bond II" wood glue.) Do one side at a time, making sure of the proper strap measurements. Wipe off excess glue with a damp sponge before it dries.

 6). When the saddle is finished, all the buckles should be on the left side of the saddle with the snap buckle to the front. The rear strap is designed to stay fastened when saddling and unsaddling the goat.

 7). To install the girth strap, simply wrap the strap, one loop around the front cross buck with the padded part of the strap hanging over the right side.  This will allow you to pull it under the goat and hook the girth on the left side.  Install retaining screw when girth strap is properly adjusted

Assembly Instructions for Mountain Strap Saddle Kits
Read entire Instruction Sheet before starting. Packing with an “unfinished” kit will void your warranty! Please finish the kit as per the instructions prior to use.

 

Your saddle has been loosely assembled to show you the correct placement for all of the parts.  Pay close attention, and it will aid you when you reassemble the saddle after sanding and finishing. Take digital photos if necessary. It is recommended that you do not dissemble the saddle until you are ready to complete it or you will not remember how it all fits together.

 1). Remove the eight sideboard screws using a #2 square drive or Phillips screwdriver. Side boards are not interchangeable. Do one side at a time, so you don't get the pieces mixed up. Next, remove the small retaining screws on the outside of the sideboards and the top of the cross bucks from each sideboard.  Each saddle is handcrafted, and hand fitted so the parts aren’t not interchangeable from side to side. (Note: Remember the placement of the straps.)

 2). Using a wood rasp or heavy grit sandpaper, round over the side boards.  Make sure that you don't leave any ridges. After the pieces are rounded smooth, use a finer grit sandpaper to get a smooth finish. (See Figure 2)

 3). The cross bucks have been preassembled and glued for your convenience. Sand the sides smooth and round the top pieces over.

 4). Reassemble the saddle without the straps for finishing (stain, oil, paint, or varnish).    (Don't Glue anything!)

 5). After the wood parts have been finished, take the side pieces apart again. Install the straps as shown in Figure 1.  Apply glue to the bare wood where the side boards and cross bucks join. (We recommend weatherproof "Tite Bond Type II or Type III” wood glue.) Do one side at a time, making sure of the proper strap measurements. Wipe off excess glue with a damp sponge before it dries.

 6).  When the saddle is finished, all the buckles should be on the left side of the saddle with the snap buckle to the front. The rear strap is designed to stay fastened when saddling and unsaddling the goat.

 7). To install the straps, hold the ring on the left side in it proper position. The two straps that go to the left ring should be run up and around the front and rear cross bucks and then down to the left ring. (Note: The shorter of the two straps that connect the rings should be around the front cross buck) Wrapping the straps around the cross bucks will twist the ring making it necessary to untwist the strapping to make it lay flat. Tuck the left and right rings "UNDER" the side straps before installing the retaining screws to hold it all in place. See illustrations on the rear of this sheet.

 

Adjustment Instructions for Aluminum Saddle