Breaking in the new saddle

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    06-10-2008, 07:35 AM
Breaking in the new saddle

I know it sounds somewhat stupid, but.... :roll:

I've heard number of times people said "new saddle needs to be broke". What does that mean actually?
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    06-10-2008, 07:52 AM
It's like breaking in a new pair of shoes that are a little stiff until you wear them.

On a western saddle it means "getting the squeak out" (accomplished by using baby power - without cornstarch) and by training the stirrups to turn 90 degrees.

On an english saddle it means having the padding conform to your horse.

On both saddles it's getting the leather more supple and the seat to feel like it was made for you - just like an old pair of comfortable shoes.
    06-10-2008, 07:59 AM
Kitten I found this article, I found it interesting and learned a few things. I always used real neatsfoot oil (not the synthetic) but thought the olive oil was interesting. It has english and western topics.
    06-10-2008, 08:22 AM
Thanks, folks!

I was wondering, because I got new western saddle last Fall, but since I used it it felt very comfy to me. So I always was confused when people say "need to break in".
    06-10-2008, 08:31 AM
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.
    06-10-2008, 08:48 AM
Good article, Vidaloco. On my western saddle I use the wet fender method when I first get a new one; instead of an ax handle I went high tech and use a piece of 2" PVC pipe which I keep in there between rides.
    06-10-2008, 02:52 PM
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/ 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.


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