Originally Posted by fkonidaris
I bought a leather headstall for my mare. The company and picture claimed the leather was a dark color. I was hoping to try to match my saddle. Unfortunately, the headstall is lighter in color. It's more of a chestnut color and I'm looking for a dark oil/walnut color.
Does anyone or has anyone ever dyed leather before or know if its possible without ruining the leather or drying it out? If possible, does anyone know how to go about doing this?
Ir depends a lot on what kind of leather it is and how it was originally treated, does it have a top coat of clear on it?, etc.
I have darkened a light headstall before with Olive Oil and also Neatsfoot Compound. Some took one coat, a few too several coats.
I have dyed a headstall with shoe dye before, not something I would recommend, it was messy and I do not think it came out nice enough to Show in for example.