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post #1 of 7 Old 10-09-2013, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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breaking in new leather?

I know most of the answers, but I thought I would ask for tips.
I just got my new bridle, but because it's so stiff, it sits awkardly on my mare's face.
I know that just using it will break it in, and I could always put leather conditioner on it, but sadly I have none. I have lexol, but that seems to dry my leather out. Maybe when I get some leather CPR...
Any tips? It's a padded dressage bridle, so the crown piece, brow band, and nose band are pretty thick..
I did sit and play with it for a little while, bending it gently the way it would sit on my mare's face.
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-09-2013, 10:12 PM
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Murphy's Oil Soap, about 1/4 cup in a gallon of water. Let it soak for about 5-10 minutes and wipe it clean to dry.
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My BO used that on a really old bridle, and it definitely stayed oily after that.
Any tips for removing the oil better?
Also, my padding is removable, it's attached with Velcro, what about the oil getting all up in that and making it gunky?
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I just rubbed it with a soft cloth, but my bridle is a western one! Not sure about the Velco. Leather CPR is pretty good, too. It's a conditioner and cleaner in one.
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Maybe I'll stop at the tack store tomorrow after school. It seems like the leather has a coating on it, almost like a thin wax? I wonder if the CPR will go through it?
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Maybe I'll stop at the tack store tomorrow after school. It seems like the leather has a coating on it, almost like a thin wax? I wonder if the CPR will go through it?
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Clean it well with a saddle soap or Murphy's Oil soap first.
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Got it, thanks!
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