See all that shiny smooth leather? That is supposed to be roughout. It was at some point in its past. This saddle was well used and well loved before I bought it. I have been told by several reputable sources that I can bring back the roughout by using sandpaper on the leather. I hadn't done it before today because the idea of taking sandpaper to a leather saddle just freaks me out!
I did it! Started with one side and then the other. I have no idea what I would have done if I didn't like the way the first side turned out. I really like the lighter color of the leather.
I noticed the difference as soon as swung my leg over. I don't think I could have come out of my saddle today if I wanted to!
Did you see my awesome stirrup hobbles? The saddle arrived with only one original stirrup hobble, with a promise to mail me the other one just as soon as it was retrieved from the previous owners Rottweiler. I went ahead and added my own style to the saddle.
Just be sure to wear an old pair of jeans the first time you ride in it. I will spare you that picture!