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post #1 of 3 Old 04-02-2008, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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conditioning half chaps

I just got a pair of smooth leather half chaps that i've had for a week and they're starting to get a bit stiff! I wear them all day long, riding 5-6 horses a day, walking through dry sand/mud, etc. In other words, they get quite a workout! Does anyone here condition your half chaps? I've always had suede in the past.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-03-2008, 04:53 AM
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My leather half chaps take quite a beating too! Mine were very stiff when I first bought them, but after a week or so, they softened up a lot! I'm surprised you're having the opposite effect!

I clean mine every so often (definitely not as often as I clean my tack). First I get off all the caked mud with water and a rag, then I do a good cleaning with saddle soap. I've had mine for about a year and they just keep getting softer and softer. I've never oiled or used any type of conditioner on them...just "Leather New" which seems to make things soft enough.
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-03-2008, 10:40 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Equina
I'm surprised you're having the opposite effect!
That is kind of funny isn't it! What kind are they? Mine are Tredsteps. They were very soft when I got them and I"d like for them to stay that way! I don't mind spending $$ on my horse stuff as long as it's going to last. I'll try using some leather new and see if that keeps them soft. Thanks!
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