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    02-01-2010, 11:43 AM
How often do you oil your saddle?

Just wondering how often you oil your saddle/tack?
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    02-01-2010, 11:56 AM
---- never -----
    02-01-2010, 11:56 AM
Green Broke
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
    02-01-2010, 12:13 PM
Green Broke
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).
    02-01-2010, 12:16 PM
Green Broke
^ 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.
    02-01-2010, 12:19 PM
Green Broke
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.
    02-01-2010, 12:31 PM
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.
    02-01-2010, 01:08 PM
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.

    02-01-2010, 01:50 PM
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.
    02-01-2010, 03:27 PM
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

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