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Van Dorn - Saddle and Tack Repair - USA

Larry Van Dorn



Saddle and Tack Repair


I have several years of saddle work and making fine custom horse gear. I have a special formula for cleaning leather that opens the pores in the leather so the deep dirt can be removed then properly oiled. I do not use saddle soap. It should really never be used on leather. It just set up a sticky surface that attracts dirt. Defeating what you really want and that is clean, well oiled leather.

Work History





Saddle cleaning

I cleaned and repaired this sadlle for a lady. It was her fathers saddle before her. I have added before and after pictures. Alot needed repair that does not show in the photos. The stitching in the skirting that secures it to the tree was completely rotted away.


I am in the process of moulding heavy saddle skirting leather for the soles on a pair of custom mocs. Quite a challenge but fun. Using beautiful, heavy upolstery leather for the uppers. Will lace together with rawhide strings. Anxious to see the finished pair. The formed soles came out very nice. Am hand sewing on the uppers now. Should be finished in a couple of days.

Custom Chaps

Working on custom chaps with tooled oak leaf belt with wide range of adjustment. Nice enough to show, tough enough to work in.

Qualifications & Certifications

Saddle making apprenticeship

Saddle making apprenticeship

Seneca High

Seneca High

Seneca High

University of Missouri - Kansas City

University of Missouri - Kansas City

University of Missouri - Kansas City

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