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post #11 of 13 Old 01-22-2011, 12:53 AM
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Back when they all wore the black leather boots, I knew quite a few military types who would use the flame method. While some did it on the boot, some did it in the actual can of shoe polish, lighting it on fire for a bit, then extinguishing it, then applying it to the boot. I think it has something to do with heating up the polish to make it thinner, thus getting it in the cracks more and smoothing out the shine.
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-22-2011, 01:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Hidalgo13 View Post
Just bought a pair of Ariat Heritage II boots and as much as they are comfy, they are pricey. I intend to keep them 10-15 years at least, maybe in the end of those 10-15 years they will be a little too... icky for showing but for sure they will be used as an exercise boot.

SO Question 1: How often should I condition them? I bought mink oil (the company is Tana) it helps to keep it water resistant (I know to only a certain extent, I won't go showering a horse in them lol), conditioning and softening leather.

2. I know that after each ride I have to wipe them clean from dirt and dust with a damp towel, but do I need to use saddle soap or some kind of cleaning thing too?

3. I know that because I intend to keep them for like... forever, I should change the insoles every so years. Well what insoles should I get and where? And how often? I know it depends but are there signs I can look for that will indicate me that it's time?

I can't answer number three.. But this is what I do:

I only wear mine when I'm literally getting ready to get on to go school before a class at a show, when I'm getting ready to show, or if I'm at a clinic. I never wear my boots walking around, lunging my horse, practice in them at home, etc. That way, I get the best and longest uses out of them! Whenever I get my boots out, I clean them with a leather cleaner that the shop at my barn sells, which is called Black Rock Leather Cleaner (not a known brand my any means) which cleans my boots great before I show, and it's an awesome replacement for boot stick (if you use it). When I'm done showing, I clean them with that also.

The day before the show, or whenever I think about cleaning them, I clean them with Leather CPR, then put the dressing on, and buff it afterwards. It keeps them in good shape! I don't buy the super expensive boots like Ariat though, my last pair of boots were Ovation Finalists, that lasted me 5 years before I out grew them. I'm not moving on (*tear*) to the Middleburg Zip Field Boot, which had some good reviews online, and are actually my perfect height and size! Goodluck with the Ariats though Hope I was somewhat helpful!
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Thanks for the tips justjump! :) It has certainly helped. I might buy a leather cleaner at my barn but I'll wait for the summer when I start to actually wear them. I am scared to get them out in the snow just right now. :/

I also only intend to wear them for riding. In the summer I am going to be in short rubber boots before while tacking up, and then change back into them once I bring the horse back into the barn. (that way they don't have to go in a poop infested stall ;P)

NOte: I was going to buy the Ovation Finalist, :( DIdn't fit my foot and wasn't comfy most regretfully. :( I love my Ariat's (ohh so comfy) but I could have survived with a less expensive company and have them last me 5-6 years like you. (since i don't ride THAT much.)

I am going to buy Kiwi leather polish like recommended. HOpefully it will do wonders on my boot and preserve it until the next ice age.

A ride a day keeps the worries away!
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