Join Date: May 2009
Location: Innisfil, Ontario
• Horses: 0
one of my hobbies is working with leather, I love making things or restoring old leather. One thing I was told about it when it comes to water was...the animal had been wet or rained on at some point....its a skin and will dry, it wont fall apart.
I have found it safe to a point for leather to be wet before it starts taking on a 'aged' look, but is more common in softer leathers rather then harness leather. You should be safe to soak the bridles to make them pliable, but once they dry, they will more then likely go stiff again....they need to be cleaned and thoroughly oiled to make them supple again, which probably means doing A LOT over a few days if its really stiff.
I just did this with some old leather halters and they are as good as new.
Oh...one more thing...if its is very stiff...dont force it, it can snap, crack or break very easily!!
Last edited by SpringWolf; 05-20-2009 at 01:38 PM.