Can you be more specific on the type of "leather dressing" that you recommend? Obviously, there are 100's of products and everyone has their own choice. I'm just curious and always looking for something better.
Most of the leather dressings are good - as long as it is a grease and not an oil - some use Mink Oil - which is not an oil but a grease , Fiebings of Milwaukee produce this ( make sure you get the paste - not the liquid ) - they also have an Aussie leather conditioner . Fiebings have been in buisness for a long time and supply the US services so their products should be good - I use their dyes myself and so far I am pleased with what I've been supplied
I get my dressing direct from the manufacturer.
Sedgwicks are one of the best leather manufacturers and they have their own dressing which is really good.
This is directly from sedgwicks
J & E Sedgwick & Co. Ltd take huge pride in the quality of leather it prepares for use in the Equestrian market. The company has rigorous procedures in place to ensure that leather is prepared to the highest standards - including an incresed focus on after sales care.
Part of this service includes being on hand to assess any leather damage, particularly if a piece of leather has broken or shows a marked change from its original state during use. In recent years there has been an increase in the number of cases that have warranted investigation.
The majority of instances of damaged leather can be linked to misuse or the incorrect care of the leather equipment, with the users allowing leather to become desiccated and brittle either from drying wet leather near a heat source, or by not cleaning or moisturing it sufficiently. An equal number of users actually over oil the leather. These common mistakes result in a radical change in the fibrous structure of the leather, weakening and distorting its substance.
In many cases the causes of damage in the leather have not been so obvious leading to Sedgwick's analysing the Neatsfoot, Saddle soap and leather dressing that can be found on the shelves of any tack shop or tack room. Sedgwick's discovered that many of these products had been re-formulated to suit modern manufacturing processes and consumer tastes. Therefore some of these products on sale today do not represent what was used in the past.
Consequently, Sedgwick's have developed and launched on the market, leather dressing that contains only these natural ingredients, including tallow, oils and beeswax. With Sedgwick's secret mix of leather dressing every day care for the leather could not be simpler.
A quick wipe over the tack with a damp sponge or cloth, leave to dry naturally and then apply the leather dressing sparingly to both the grain and flesh side of the leather. When dry, usually after two hours, buff the leather with a soft brushor cloth.