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post #1 of 13 Old 08-27-2011, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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A couple of bridle oiling questions

Will oil damage the padding on the browband and noseband at all?

I use the Pure neatsfoot, and it does well on my leather, but I've been careful about the padding. My noseband really could use a good dip in some oil for a little while, as it's really the only thing left on the bridle that isn't soft. I've just been running light coats over the leather buckle area with a paintbrush. The noseband kind of sticks out on his face though, and doesn't really lay very flat.

I'm also about out of the Neatsfoot, so I'm willing to try another oil... It's what I've always used, but I'm kind of curious about other oils now. What oil do you prefer to treat your tack with?

This is my Crown schooling bridle. Not the highest quality... Another reason why I'm concerned about it.

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Is the padding also leather? Because if it is any oil thats fine on your bridle shouldn't affect your padding.

I've always used plain 'ol Olive Oil on my tack. I let it soak in and rub it off. Usually dry leather will absorb it quickly, which is a good way to tell if it needs it!! Good oiled leather will not absorb oil as quickly or as fast.

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I doubt it. Is it normally made of leather? Even all the higher end bridles I've seen, I'm pretty sure the padding isn't leather.

Yep, I'm big in oiling, so I've got the system down. I'm kind of concerned though about edible oils.. I've heard more living things like it as well as your leather. My bridles are in an enclosed cabinet, but still.... Would that be a problem? Little mice and such are quite skillfull.

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I was always taught to use Olive Oil (this may be a HUGE TABOO! I have no idea 0.0) but I've never had a problem with rodents, and my tack is in a tack room but its not totally secure against rodents and the like. We do have rodents, they just prefer my sponges and such.

All my leather bridles with padding have been made out of leather, so I treat it the same way as the rest of the leather and I've had the same bridle for 5 years, riding in it 6 days a week. Its still alive just old. What kind of bridle do you have? It might say on the sale ad.

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It's my Crown. So, not high quality at all.

I only use it for schooling, so I woldn't be too crushed if I damaged the padding at all. But still, if I can protect it I will..

I think I'll try Olive Oil, on some tack that I don't care about and see what goes on.

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Had a saddle in for repair that had been oiled with olive oil. Mice got at it and had nibbled the entire length of both edges of the fenders. The reason veg. oils aren't used is they can go rancid. By using neatsfoot oil you are using a product that came from a cow. Neat is an old british expression for a bull.
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Has anybody tried coconut oil? I have a lot of it, it does wonders to my horse's mane and tail and I recently thought of soaking my bridles in it too. I have some special Effol/Effax leather grease thing and while I find it works great on my old saddle (not so much on the new one, can't find a way to soften the leather) I can put it on the bridles every two hours and they'll still crack and be super rough the next day. Ah well, guess I'll have to try!
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I've used Olive Oil for years and years and it has never gone rancid or had mice problems. I do know mice will eat at them, so you need to protect the tack. But mice and rats are not a big deal where I'm located.

I soak the leather in the oil and then wipe the excess off, so maybe thats why it doesnt go rancid.

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I could never figure out why people want to use oils that are not specifically made for leather. There is a reason why leather oils are made, it has to do with the makeup of the oils that is formulated to enrich the leather and enhance it.

If you are concern about oil soaking through to the padding, then you can condition it with one of the creams such as Black Rock.

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I use 4 way care leather conditioner. Just finished doing a new bridle and the girls saddle. Saddle is an oldie but goodie and this keeps it soft and supple.
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