So after I cleaned it off, I basically smothered it in leather conditioner. It had a heap of deep wrinkles in it, but no majorly deep cracks. It actually was in alot better condition than I expected once I could see under all the dust. Then I continued to smother it for another 3 -4 days.
Stupidly, I decided to ride in it to see how I liked it before I took it with me. Well, I pretty much fell in love with it. It fits my gelding and me really well! And it gives me so much better contact with him than another saddle I was riding it which made me feel like I was sitting on a mattress 5 feet above him. It was one of those really excessive dressage saddles with massive thigh blocks etc. Sorry im just not a fan of them. MOVING ON!
When I untacked, I noticed I had stretched the holes in the girth straps ( my backside was also feeling pretty sticky from the excess conditioner....) I know, I shouldn't have ridden it when it had that much goop through it, but I only knew that afterwards...
That was about a week ago and I haven't used it since then. Im just wondering whats the best way to restore it and prevent the stretch? As im planning to ride again in the next week in it. Its dried up well in the past week, but some of the cracks are returning as it drying, and im tempted to condition it again (yet not using as much as before.) I am a complete newb to leather preservation as you can probably tell, so any info is gold to me. Thanks so much for any advice I can post pictures tomorrow if you'd think it would help.