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post #1 of 6 Old 01-22-2010, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Breaking in new leather?

Hey all!
I just got a new saddle and bridle, and off course the leather is extremely stiff!

I'm kind of nervous to put the new leather on my horse, I don't want to stiffness to agitate him or cause him discomfort.
I'm going to visit him in a few hours, is there any way to break in the leather just a little so it's not so stiff when I put it on for the first time?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-22-2010, 03:21 PM
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I accidently ended up in the lake with my new saddle and the ride back home broke it in nicely. They say to soak them and then ride in them. Mine didn't have the fleece so not sure if that matters
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Leather and water? I thought that was a biiiggg no no? Am I wrong?
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-22-2010, 08:45 PM
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do you have any oil? i usually put a light coat of oil on it, let it soak in, and then bend it and play with it a lot with my fingers. sometimes i'll take the bridle apart and take each individual piece and starting at the end, fold it gently and move down the length of it.

I usually don't do anything to my saddles but condition them; when they do break in they are perfectly shaped to you leg:)
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-22-2010, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Mickey4793 View Post
Leather and water? I thought that was a biiiggg no no? Am I wrong?
If you oil it after it gets wet then it's not a big deal.

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-23-2010, 02:32 AM
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From a saddlers perspective both oil and water are a no-no

New or old leather is best taken care of with TLC.

Lightly saddle soap to clean on a regular basis, to replenish, renourish and maintain leather condition use a leather dressing - this should resemble a grease like substance - NOT an oil -

All of the leather manufacturers that I know will advise you to use a dressing and not an oil
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