Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I thought it was interesting about the old timers throwing a new saddle in a water tank, then riding them dry.
I've done that with my stirrups but just used a mister bottle and a broom handle to turn them.
I allways do that with a new pair of boots.
I also did an old, stiff, dried-out saddle that way last year. It was a "free" one, given to me by a neighbor. After dunking/ shaping/ drying AND a LOT of oiling/dyeing/waxing.....it turned out real nice.
One of the good things about real leather is that it'll (eventualy)conform to whatever shape it fits-up against. The "wetting" part just helps speed-up the proccess.
Leather is also tuff and very forgiving. Leastways, as long as it aint subjected to harsh chemicals. I'm real leary of most of those new-fangled leather "cleaners/conditioners". I particularly stay away from ANYTHING that contains "petroliem distillates".
If you ask me, old-timey saddle soap and neasfoot oil still works perty-dern good.