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post #11 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 04:05 PM
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Horsemens One Step cleaner & conditioner doesn't darken very much. Its my go to product for every piece of leather I own. And no, I would NOT ride in the saddle prior to using a conditioner.

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post #12 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 04:17 PM
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Oil can weaken leather as well as soften it. Soft leather in a saddle is not always a good thing. I like Lederbalsam, but I would go slow with it unless there are signs your saddle is very dry. I wouldn't use neatsfoot oil.
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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""Pictures? I'd love to see it. New saddle pictures give me the happys!

I remember going to the Stubben NA website and looking at all the new saddles there. I felt like I needed a cold shower and a cigarette afterward!"""

I know the feeling.

I particularly like the added piping. The detailing is so cool and that's why I had to have this color. My new baby!! (Who needs kids )

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post #14 of 16 Old 07-20-2011, 04:46 PM
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Ooooh, purty!!!!!

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-21-2011, 10:52 PM
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In my opinion I really think that no matter what oiling your saddle can be nothing but good. As long as you apply it evenly then you shouldn't have to worry about spotting or anything. Leather fades and cracks as it gets old, but the oil/condition is used to keep that from happening. Hope this helps.
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post #16 of 16 Old 07-21-2011, 11:45 PM
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I beg to differ on just oiling a saddle. If a saddle is properly cleaned periodically it seldom needs oiling. Oil clogs the pores. Leather does require it but maybe once a year and maybe not that often. If Pessoa says it's ready to ride, then it is. When I worked in restoration of old books with leather bindings we used Lexol Conditioner so as not to discolor the leather.
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