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    07-28-2008, 11:21 PM
Originally Posted by Barbarosa
vegetable oil? Hmmm If you used the veggie oil for the saddle and a cider vinager-garlic for the flys, you run the risk of riding on salad dressing. If you trail ride packing a lunch of carrots and different veggies you could put the oil and flyspray right on lunch for a dandy vinagerett! Seriously I wonder if it might make rats or mice want to chew on the saddle or maybe attracting rodents into the tack barn?
lol I've often thought that when I look around at my feed shed: garlic, eggs, vegetable oil (for their feeds), apple cider vinegar, carrots, apples, banana skins, bread and so on hehehe
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    07-30-2008, 12:29 PM
You can use vegetable oil to condition saddles and other leather. Any kind of oil can be used as long as it isn't petroleum based. (I actually had friend who cleaned all his tack one day with wood cleaner and then "conditioned" it with used motor oil. He couldn't figure out later why it was all dry and cracking )

Some oils will change the color of the leather. If this is a concern for you, stay away from olive oil or butter. Neatsfoot oil and other leather conditioners are specifically designed not to change leather color very much.

In my opinion it would be better to pick up a quart of neatsfoot oil. You should be able to pick one up at a tack store for around $6 - $7. It will cover at least 2 saddles in addition to bridles, reins, halters, breastcollars, etc. that need to be done as well.
    07-31-2008, 02:00 PM
Neatsfoot oil will change the color of your tack. The place where I was working used it and It will make it quite a bit darker.

Olive oil is what the saddle maker in our area used until it became extremely expensive. He said that it makes the leather really nice and supple.

Vegetable Oil I have no Idea on though.;)
    08-08-2008, 02:26 PM
Vegetable oil does work with saddle leather;
But heres a downfall;

If you heat it up, it will darken your leather, I've done it before to tone out my saddle because I had bought it used and it was two different tones because well it was used. Its best, if you want to keep your saddle the same tone as it is now, to use either saddle soap, or just cold vegetable oil.

Room temerature vegetable oil will not change the tone of your saddle. It hasnt done it to me yet.
    08-08-2008, 04:57 PM
I just use the store bought oils and they work great!

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