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  • Too much oil on bridle
  • Oiling leather weakens

 
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    03-05-2009, 11:10 AM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Over oiling will weaken the leather over time, causing excess wear, thin spots, and color loss or discoloration.
I could see the color loss, or discoloration. But I am curious as to HOW it weakens the leather?
     
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    03-05-2009, 11:13 AM
  #12
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by HorseShoersGirl    
I could see the color loss, or discoloration. But I am curious as to HOW it weakens the leather?
Breaks down the fibers. Not the stitching. The actual leather.
     
    03-05-2009, 06:35 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Yup, like MLS said, it will weaken the leather fibers, making the leather stretch easier, which causes thin and/or weak spots in the leather.

Now, to over oil it, you'd have to saturate the leather beyond the point of it soaking in (oil left on top of the leather for more than an hour) more than 3-4 times a year, more like one a month or more. If you only over oil it occasionally, it's not likely to cause long term damage.
     
    03-05-2009, 08:36 PM
  #14
Weanling
Okay, I have a bridle that I over oiled. Went from a light golden color to a deep deep dark brown. Actually oil was dripping off it because it had no where to go.

I threw it out side in the sun and then have soaked it in hot soapy water for several different time anywhere between 2 hours to over night. Some oil has been pulled out of the leather, but there is still enough left to turn the bridle back to the dark brown again in 30 minutes.

How could someone strip the oil out of the leather keep it from destroying the leather?
     
    03-06-2009, 01:28 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Leaving it in the sun actually darkened it even more. At this point, even if you get all the oil out, the leather will still be pretty dark.

Best bet? Buy a new bridle
     
    03-06-2009, 07:43 AM
  #16
Foal
Im finding this quite hard to belive because my leather gets oiled almost weekly and my show bridle which is used ALLOT cause I use it anytime im schooling in the big paddocks cause it has my pelham on it. But after 2 years the leather is still in fantastic condition and its only a cheap indian leather bridle.
This is my show bridle.
     
    03-06-2009, 08:27 AM
  #17
Foal
I soak a new leather item in oil for 3 days and than leave it hanging out to drip excess. I than onlyoil it about once a month or so. I have not had any damage due to over oiling it, but I guess that would be not considered overoiling than?
     
    03-06-2009, 10:11 AM
  #18
Showing
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Originally Posted by ShowJumpLife    
Im finding this quite hard to belive because my leather gets oiled almost weekly and my show bridle which is used ALLOT cause I use it anytime im schooling in the big paddocks cause it has my pelham on it. But after 2 years the leather is still in fantastic condition and its only a cheap indian leather bridle.
Indian leather is tanned differently then English, German, or American leather. Typically it is a different type of leather altogether and that can effect how oil is absorbed. Some oils are more penetrating then others as well, then you need to consider how much oil you use.

(just a question about your bit though, it looks too large for your horse. It may be the angle of your picture but I don't think so.)
     
    03-06-2009, 07:03 PM
  #19
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShowJumpLife    
Im finding this quite hard to belive because my leather gets oiled almost weekly and my show bridle which is used ALLOT cause I use it anytime im schooling in the big paddocks cause it has my pelham on it. But after 2 years the leather is still in fantastic condition and its only a cheap indian leather bridle.
This is my show bridle.
Cheap Indian or Asian leather doesn't soak up much oil, so it's kind of hard to over-oil it . Asian leather is often from Waterbuffalos, which is a different fiber structure than cowhide.

I also agree, the bridle looks VERY big on your horse. A good show bridle should fit so the side buckles are about half-way up the holes, about 1.5-2" below the browband. The bit also looks too big.
     
    03-06-2009, 07:10 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Well-fitted bridle, bit a little snug.


Both bridle and bit fitting well.


Your caveson is too high on the nose as well.
     

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