Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I have used Neatsfeet oil on my leather for over 25 years. It can make your tack a shade darker. Unlike some of the cool new stuff, however, you need to be a little more careful using it. Your tack can be wet or dry--unlike when you use mink oil on your boots, bc then the leather MUST be dry, lest you seal in moisture, too. Usually I soak my tack when I oil with neatsfoot, then I give it a few days to dry. Once your leather has soaked all it will take, the rest will just sit there--some people don't like that. Others insist that Neatsfoot oil used often will rot out your stitching. I'm not sure about that, but your should be aware of it.
However, IMHO, it's good to keep some around. I like using it on older tack that's been ignored for awhile. It's fun to watch the leather soaking it up like a sponge.