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post #21 of 24 Old 12-15-2013, 10:54 AM
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Since I've cleaned well over a hundred saddles here are some facts. It takes about 5 days for moisture to penetrate the leather as deep as it's going to. Using a spray bottle I'll spray down the entire saddle and watch how quickly it disappears. Some areas will be faster than others. When the leather feels damp I'll then saddle soap it to remove the dirt. As you know this adds more moisture. Allow the saddle to sit and check it again after the 5th day. The leather will look better and should feel better. You may want to clean it again and wait another five days then reassess. Saddles need moisture more than oil. If you decide to oil, be judicious in your use of it. Don't go with the premise that more is better. It didn't dry out over night so don't try to revive it too quickly.
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post #22 of 24 Old 12-15-2013, 11:03 AM
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A quick dunk in a water tank will not hurt a rawhide covered tree. I have cased rawhide that was dry as a board and it takes more than a quick dunk in water to affect it. I took the hose to one and soaked it. Had it been raining I'd have left it out. The old time working cowboys rode in the rain but if no rain then the saddle got a dunking and ridden in. Don't forget, there was no such thing as cheap saddles in those days.
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A quick dunk in a water tank will not hurt a rawhide covered tree. I have cased rawhide that was dry as a board and it takes more than a quick dunk in water to affect it. I took the hose to one and soaked it. Had it been raining I'd have left it out. The old time working cowboys rode in the rain but if no rain then the saddle got a dunking and ridden in. Don't forget, there was no such thing as cheap saddles in those days.
A quick dunking (in and out) will not saturate the fibers and if the rawhide is from a good quality hide and it stiched (cased) tightly then more than likely the water will not saturate the wood. I wasnt talking about a quick (in and out) dunking but a saturating dunking.

Old wives tails debunked about saddle care: All the Pretty Saddles: Written by Nick Pernokas professional saddle maker of Western saddles, QH trainer, Reining horse champion, Roping champion and "cowboy".
"No, throwing a saddle in the water trough does not help break it in: it merely makes the tree start warping out of shape". Page 63

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I reccomend the book for all levels of riders. Good general informational book. For those who like to use olive oil Mr Pernokas uses it but like I have stated, oil when saddle is clean. I, like I have stated also, do not like to use it.

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The quick dunk in the tank wasn't for breaking in purposes but a quick way to help replenish moisture. Tanned leather will absorb moisture much faster than rawhide. I worked for an historical center and this was told to me by an old cowboy who'd worked cattle in an arid part of Texas. He was 91 and still breaking colts.
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