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Re: RC: Question re: new Saare saddle


DON'T USE A BLOWER!  My husband is the Corporate Director of Safety for a large a manufacturing company.  He said immediately call the company.  He said you can vacuum the particles up but wear a dust mask or respirator.  The fiberglass will be imbedded in the leather and you need to vacuum as close to the saddle as possible to pull the fiberglass out.  He did say, however, that the research on fiberglass shows that it is not like asbestos and if you did inhale particles, that the body will be able to rid itself of it.

Carolyn Burgess

>From: Jennifer Thompson
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>Subject: RC: Question re: new Saare saddle
>Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 14:02:09 -0800
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>I just received my much-anticipated brand new Sharon Saare
>saddle! I am so excited to try it out, and it is just
>beautiful! The craftsmanship looks just awesome and the
>seat looks so comfy and inviting...
>BUT.... I have a little problem and was wondering if anyone
>else who has ordered a new Saare saddle have had the same
>thing happen.
>Upon taking it out of the box and just handling the saddle
>in general (I literally got the saddle via UPS about an hour
>ago) my hands are covered in embedded fiberglass particles!
>I think it is from the underside of the saddle, where the
>fiberglass that covers the tree is exposed in the gullet.
>The particles are even in the fleece of the saddle. This
>really hurts - my hands and forearms are covered in a rash
>and my skin is on fire - I can feel the little pieces, like
>glass, when I rub my hands together or along my arms.
>Is this normal because it is new, and will the particles
>eventually be gone, or will the particles keep shedding off
>of the fiberglass forever? I'm just sitting here now
>staring at my saddle but unwilling to pick it up without
>gloves! I don't want to put it on my horse either or even
>put a pad under it for fear of getting fiberglass in my
>horse's skin, or embedded forever in a pad.
>I'm really upset!
>Anybody had this happen? Any ideas how to get rid of the
>particles? Maybe go over the underside with a really strong
>blower or something?
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