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post #1 of 10 Old 07-17-2010, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Holy cow! My saddle is squeakalicious!

So I finally got my spiffy old-school saddle (it's a 1952 Big Horn something) and dang! It is SUPER squeaky and not supple. I tried using Leather New, 4 applications, btw, and there really hasn't been a change in its squeakiness or its softness.

So, how would I get rid of those two issues? I need to be riding in it asap but currently I can't hear anything over the squeak-age so I can't use it since I need to be able to hear the children behind me on trail rides at camp. And it's so hard that it's not really comfortable right now... :(

Help? It's REALLY beautiful though!

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-18-2010, 12:03 AM
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Baby powder in the creases helps the squeaky-ness :)

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baby powder.. but you really have to get the oil out of the cracks other wise you will make a mess

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You can see photos of the baby powder method here:
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post #5 of 10 Old 07-19-2010, 02:48 PM
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I've always used baby powder as well BUT not the kind with corn starch - you need to get real baby powder the kind made with talc if you can find it. The last time I bought some I had to find it at a pharmacy not at Walmart. I've found that the corn starch does not have the lubrication necessary.

As for stiff leather, the best products I've found was Hydrophane and Blackrock. They really penetrate the leather. If that doesn't work, then you may have to consider the fact that the leather is too far gone to be brought back.

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Depends on how 'soft' you want the leather to be. Since it dates from 1952...its probably never going to be 'butter soft' because it wasn't designed that way. As long as its functional and not cracking, I would give it a try.

Baby powder does work! After searching high and low for the stuff without corn starch...i found some at the dollar store! Don't be too stingy with it either...the excess will fall out and your saddle will smell good for a while!

BTW...I love bighorn saddles. To me, they are the best dollar-for-dollar saddle on the market. Not expensive but not crap either. Good luck!
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I like Blackrock too. Good stuff. But it does leave a tackiness (which can be great for keeping you in the saddle) and can discolor the leather some and your clothes. It never bothers me, because I like my saddles to have a real ridden in "patina" and I don't have any riding clothes that don't have some gunk on them. But others are a bit more particular.
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I like Blackrock too. Good stuff. But it does leave a tackiness (which can be great for keeping you in the saddle) and can discolor the leather some and your clothes.
That's interesting - sorry to hear that. I found the stickiness only happens if you over apply it but goes away when it dries; and I've never had it discolor even the lightest leathers. I think over application can be blamed for that too.

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post #9 of 10 Old 07-19-2010, 07:52 PM
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Do you guys like Skidmore's leather cream? I bought some but haven't tried it yet.

I steer away from the baby powder method because I think if a saddle squeaks, it needs more conditioning and baby powder will not do that. But I have heard the baby powder does work.

What I do, if I can find the exact spot of the friction that is causing the squeak, is get a fingertip full of the paste saddle soap and rub it on both sides of the squeaky leather. Works for me! But some squeaks are in un-reachable places. In that case I spray a little liquid saddle soap in the offending area. That sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone!
I did the baby powder thing and the squeak is gone! I'm amazed! It's super great. I've been riding in it more and I've found that it's actually softer than I thought, I just had to get used to it, yknow?
And it fits Lacey perfectly! At least, I'm pretty sure it does. I need to take pictures and have you guys check but it seems pretty good.

Fabio - 13 year old Arab/QH gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

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