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PostPosted: 21 Aug 2013, 08:45 
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so I was wondering which animals do you leave the saddles on and which ones do you take them off of?

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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2013, 09:09 
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A horse saddle is good on :P At one time mink saddle was to be left on but that is now a thing of the past. You can leave it on or remove the option is left up to the trapper. Both ways are excepted at the auction houses. But if you are going to leave the saddle on you must remove the fat under the saddle or your leather will burn decreasing your pelt value. For myself I leave no saddle on mink or anything else with the exception of the odd rat.


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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2013, 09:55 
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Rats and cats are about all we leave the saddle on. Like Wolf said, NAFA at least doesn't require the saddle to be left on mink, but if you do leave it, on make sure to get all fat and such from under it. Rats and cats you leave it on to add to the weight and leather thickness, as neither of these two animals has much if any fat under the saddle. If you see some fat, go ahead and get it, but you shouldn't be taking much of the saddle off of them. Just about everything else I can think of has enough fat under the saddle you have to take it all off.

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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2013, 16:05 
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Mink can have the saddle left on or off. In Hal Sullivan's Fur Handling 2000, he says the saddles should be left on but the NAFA Fur Handling DVD states that either way off or on is acceptable.

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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
PostPosted: 21 Aug 2013, 20:21 
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TR when you get $165.00 for a mink with no saddle that should tell you something. It's hard to break tradition but the times are a changing and so goes the saddle theory. Interesting point what CMJ said about leaving the saddle on cats for extra weight which would be an ounce or two and maybe more if you left some meat and fat on the leather. Were you gain the weight and i'm not being critical CMJ is on the front legs when tucked in. Even though they cannot see the front legs make sure they are skinned right down to the pads. Before I just used to cut off at the elbow, now go the full length which increase weight. There are many tricks to the trade, one just has to figure out which to use where. Use the full length of the front feet and this will add more weight then a saddle would ever do. I have been there and done that and learned. Time is a good teacher.

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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
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Ditto on the long front legs being left on the cat hides Wolf.

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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
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Just learned a few things. Thanks guys!! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
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I said weight because it does add weight but more than anything cat saddles should be left on for appearance of a thicker heavier hide. You are right Wolf the front legs will add more actual weight.

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 Post subject: Re: fleshing
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Well, I sent 2 mink in to NAFA, one had the saddle, one didn't. One I got the top lot award for, one didn't. Hmmmmmm, I wish I knew exactly which one exactly which one but I have a good idea which one it was. :wink: Thanks for the info Wolf! I think I'll be cleaning the mink this fall.

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