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post #11 of 19 Old 02-13-2012, 03:21 PM
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If you want to make the leather really pliable liberally use a good oil and after it has soaked in take Fiebrings saddle soap, the paste kind, and rub it in right out of the container. You will be amazed. I do my reins this way once or twice a year and it softens and prolongs their life for years.
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post #12 of 19 Old 02-14-2012, 10:40 PM
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Oh hay, you are welcome!
I am so happy that you were able to get one, and that it is working out for you. I think they are great for every day/pleasure driving.
I agree that they come a little stiff, but mine both arrived very well oiled, did yours not?

I think that Harness Honey is really nice stuff. Here's a link of one place I know right off the top of my head carries it....
Harness Honey MiniTack.com $9.95 a pint.



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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.

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The reins are supposed to be brown. I think so that the black dye does not stain you or your clothing or a light colored horse.
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yeah, I was told that just yesterday make sense! I guess I didn't think of that.

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The reins are supposed to be brown. I think so that the black dye does not stain you or your clothing or a light colored horse.
Hmmm...reins on both my set-ups are black. Never had a problem.

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Hmmm...reins on both my set-ups are black. Never had a problem.
If there black they are probably a synthetic or biothane.
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post #18 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 01:09 PM
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They are leather, however, it is a pleasure harness not a show harness so maybe that's the difference.

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There are differing preferances on what products to use on your leather, both to soften and to maintain. IMO, you should consider availability and price. MY preferances are to use mostly Neatsfoot oil bc I can always buy more in town and it's very affordable. Then again, I have a LOT of tack. I also keep and use saddle soap. It keeps my leather supple. With dried out leather I have used Lexol.
Lexol Leather PH Cleaner - Statelinetack.com
I have a jar of Horseman's One-Step and I like to take that on riding trips bc it cleans and oils.
Absorbine Horsemans One Step 15oz - Statelinetack.com
Do NOT ever use mink oil on your tack. It WILL oil up leather but it isn't made for tack, its made for leather that WE wear. MOST importantly, mink oil will seal in any moisture and if you just washed the leather it will seal that in and rot your leather. Hope this helps. =D
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