Throw it away now. It is old and unusable! Ever heard of those phrases from people around you? Or maybe that thought even came across your mind. Yes, it does apply to anything that is being used over the course of time. And you can't argue with that. It has been quite a while since you had it repaired or replaced. But should you really just throw it away?
Take a house as an example. You grew up in a beautiful ancestral home, amazing things had happened in that house. Would you just demolish it and build a new one, or would you restore it and give it back its old beauty and glory? If you ask me, I would rather restore that fine piece of art.
So as saddles. Yes, you can just put it in the garbage and forget about it, or you can have that saddle restored to its original standard. You may not use it ever again and just include it to your long line of beautiful vintage saddle collection, or you can even sell it.
With an experienced saddler who carefully stitches and restores that fine used saddle, you can have a fully repaired and restored saddle in due time. This will not only bring back the artistic look of the saddle but also restore it to its original use.
Maybe you don't want to wait and have that old saddle repaired. Maybe you just want a new one, or a more practical way is to buy a top-quality used saddle that is restored. Therefore you are saving money and getting the best out of it.
Some might think well I don't need to find someone to fix my saddle I just want to get a new one. Well, getting a carefully and perfectly restored saddle might be a better and practical option for you.