How often do you oil your saddle? - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: In the barn whenever possible.
Posts: 1,910
• Horses: 2
How often do you oil your saddle?

Just wondering how often you oil your saddle/tack?

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and, once it has done so, he will have to accept that his life will be radically changed." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Plains Drifter is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 11:56 AM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Hungary
Posts: 1,680
• Horses: 2
---- never -----
Nutty Saddler is offline  
post #3 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 11:56 AM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
Posts: 3,028
• Horses: 3
I never "oil" mine but I clean with Lexol spray and condition with Passier Lederbalsam at least once every two weeks. I can't afford my tack breaking

Look like a SUPERSTAR, Ride like a FOUR STAR, Win like a ROCKSTAR
Eventers: Making BAD Dressage look GOOD!
eventerdrew is offline  
post #4 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 12:13 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
Never. I do not like using oil on saddles. Over-oiling a saddle can weaken the leather over time.

I use Passier Lederbalsam 2-3 times a year, or Beinenwachs Leather Balsam or Effax leather Balm. All three are deep conditioning products that soften and preserve leather without adding too much oil. They also help protect the leather form water spots. My area is really humid though, so I only use a heavy conditioner when needed. If you use the balms too much, you can also risk getting a waxy build-up in the crevices of the leather.

After each cleaning (usually once a month with Lexol cleaner) I will use a light weight conditioner to keep the leather supple. I like Belvior spray conditioner, Hydrophane leather conditioner, or Lexol leather conditioner, in that order (Lexol is my least favorite, but it will do in a pinch).
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #5 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 12:16 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kansas in the summer, Kentucky most of the time
Posts: 3,028
• Horses: 3
^ never heard of anyone else using the Passier Lederbalsam. I LOVE that stuff! And it lasts forever!

I love the Lexol, never had a problem with it.

Look like a SUPERSTAR, Ride like a FOUR STAR, Win like a ROCKSTAR
Eventers: Making BAD Dressage look GOOD!
eventerdrew is offline  
post #6 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 12:19 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 4,138
• Horses: 3
I always recommend Passier Lederbalsam. It's such a good product! I put it on my tack with my hands. It makes your skin soft for DAYS, lol. I just bought some Beinewachs for something different. I like it, but definitely like the Passier conditioner best. I've heard good thinks about Ko-Chi-Line (sp?) dressing too, but I have never tried it.
luvs2ride1979 is offline  
post #7 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 12:31 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Posts: 1,901
• Horses: 1
I don't oil my stuff....I use mink oil to condition (its in a solid form) and someone recommended that to me, it works REALLY well on my saddle and has the added bonus of weather proofing it a little bit, since our tack room isn't climate controlled. then to clean of course I use Kiwi Outdoor Saddle Soap.
justsambam08 is offline  
post #8 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 01:08 PM
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: UK
Posts: 2,061
• Horses: 1
Most new modern saddles are surfaced treated and even the saddler usually says "wipe them off with a specialised cleaner". The word "oil" could be translated as "neats foot oil" or "tall oil fatty acid" - which was used in years gone by but is really these days inappropriate for modern finished leathers.

If you use oil for the seat of your saddle, then in effect your are oiling your breeches or whatever you are wearing.

Maybe the girth straps - if supplied untreated could do with a touch of oil but not much else. Leather bridles of course, do need oiling/waxing to keep them soft/supple.


B G
xxBarry Godden is offline  
post #9 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 01:50 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
I use saddle soap and then conditioner on mine. I used oil once on bridle and that was one of the stupidest things I did. It smelt horrible for 2 months plus was greasy on touch and several washings I did couldn't help with that.
kitten_Val is offline  
post #10 of 28 Old 02-01-2010, 03:27 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 154
• Horses: 1
Have to agree....oiling is a rarity for me as well. The higher end conditioners are excellent choices.

In my order of preference:

1. Passier Lederbalsam

2. Effax Lederbalsam

3. Stubben Hamanol

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched....they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller
Polaris is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Pessoa,Paddock boots,breaking saddle,endurance saddle etc for sale/trade!! ImLonelyInCrowds Tack and Equipment Classifieds 6 01-25-2011 07:55 PM
Rocking R Cutting Saddle + Close Contact English Saddle FS rileynbob Tack and Equipment Classifieds 1 02-01-2010 04:05 PM
Cliff Barnsby Saddle Luxus Saddle for sale 18" tjsermo Dressage 1 01-11-2010 05:44 PM
FOR SALE: NWT Circle Y western saddle, 18" - this saddle will last you forever. Seattle Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 11-16-2009 02:12 AM
Using a Western saddle blanket under an English saddle...?? ShannonSevenfold Horse Tack and Equipment 4 09-13-2009 06:25 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome