Originally Posted by trailwalker
Any new bridle leather should be soft enough to use. Just keep it clean and oiled.
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Thanks trailwalker, this one is a little hard though. Not overly hard, but not super soft and pliable either. I am ashamed to admit that South African leather is not near as good in quality as English leather.
Originally Posted by franknbeans
If you don't mind a darker color and it is good quality leather-soak it in olive oil. I keep a ziploc bag of it just for this purpose. I had never heard of it prior to a couple of years ago-but if is wonderful! I soak it a minimum of overnight, then take it out and wipe it and let it sit another day or so. Makes it buttery soft.
Well, it's black so a darker colour would make it, black-black, which is good. ;) Won't it smell a little funny from the olive oil though? Do you think one can do this with leather oil too?