TVGreen's Time Machine presents "The Saddler" from the series "Claim to Fame" He doesn't know anymore whether it was an American or a Canadian soldier who originally had it. But that the 1944 Harley Davidson has to do with the end of World War II is a fact. Just look at those incredible leather side-bags! And up front, on the right, a leather holster for a rifle. They're no use now, but that feeling of liberation, of the end of the war, is still there, just like his love for working with leather. Add to that the fact that he's a full-blooded horse lover and you've got all the ingredients for an old-fashioned saddler. Wim passed all this: his hobby, his skill, and his eye for horses, on to his son Erik. With two assistants, they make saddles to order. The frame of a saddle is called a saddle-tree and is made up of layers of laminated beech wood and steel. To form the rider's seat, the saddle-tree is covered very carefully with strips of webbing, the same type of fabric used for seat-belts in cars. It's put on from back to front, and the staples keep the strips from moving. Horse-owners have saddles made to order. For the rider as well as for the animal. The saddle-tree is first tried on the horse. There should always be some room at the front of the saddle - the space between the withers and the saddle. Except for this the rest of the saddle-tree should lie evenly on the horse's back. Saddles differ. You've got multi-purpose saddles for both jumping and dressage and you've got the specially-made saddles for dressage and jumping. webcasted by: © broadcast footage: Music title Dragon and Toast by Kevin MacLeod ( licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0"

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