It had definitely been oiled atleast once before, but it took a while for my money order to come in, so it was sitting up a box for a good month before it was shipped. I think it just sort of stiffened up in that time, being in that position for so long. I've got it completely flattened out now though, and its really started softening up. Pauline was very nice to work with though, and she even did some extra measurements for me to make sure that the browband was going to fit Sour.
I borrowed some of my BO's Leather-new this week and have been using that, then I ordered some harness honey for later usage.
I have to say though, I'm rather depressed right now. Its an absolute swamp out here because of all the rain we're having (yay rain!) but I went ahead and brought the bridle out to put on Sour yesterday. Tied her up, adjusted it, and try to put it on her. Well she decided that today is a good day to not take the bit (she's been doing fantastic lately, but oh no. Bring something remotely different even with the same bit and its SCARY!) so I spend 20 minutes trying to get it on her. I finally suceed in getting her to calmly take it, fix the blinders, and the BO comes over and asks me to bring Sierra and Kenzie over so that we can put salve on Sierra's leg. Fine. Not wanting to battle Sour again, I decide to just halter her and tie her up with the bridle on. STUPID STUPID STUPID! O.o I was gone for hardly ten minutes, but when I came back she had her brand new bridle rubbed off (I didn't have the noseband on it, as it was still kinda stiff) and it was hanging....in a mud puddle.
And I didn't have any conditioner or oil. I wanted to scream at her! I know it was my fault though (
), so I tried to scrub as much mud off with a damp sponge and rag, but it just didn't work. That's when BO came to the rescue with the leather-new.
All in all I don't think its too much worse for the wear. I cleaned it up really well and although it seems a bit rough near the bit, I think I can get it back into shape.
Moral of the story, don't trust a miniature horse with new things. :roll:
I still need to buy some driving reins though. I didn't buy any with the bridle because they only had brown in stock.