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post #1 of 10 Old 10-08-2011, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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leather cleaner/conditioner

what do you use? I was given a brand new bridle for my birthday and I want to make sure I break it in right. Also, HOW do you go about the initial cleaning/suppling process?

Links to what you use (so I can potentially order!) would be really helpful.
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post #3 of 10 Old 10-09-2011, 12:28 PM
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I use lexol cleaner and conditioner on all the leather, you can get it at tractor supply, or even walmart I think. When I got my new boots I didn't clean them since they weren't dirty, I conditioned them like crazy tho. I would apply a large amount of conditioner and let it soak in then apply some more until it wasn't being absorbed, Then I applied it once a week until they were pretty well broken in.
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With a new bridle, I'd clean, condition, then with my fingers start working the oil in. Just work the leather really well, bend it, and gently roll it in your hands. Depending on the quality of the leather, I've soaked some of mine in oil for ten minutes or so. If it's a higher quality bridle and they don't usually need as much oil, if any. Some are fine with just a good conditioning, and super occasional light oil coats.

When I have time, and just want to deep clean, I just use a traditional glycerine bar. It really does the best, I've found at really getting things clean. I just always condition afterwards, since it's not particularly softening.

Fiebings Glycerine Bar - Leather Care from SmartPak Equine

Farnam Leather New in Tack Cleaners/Conditioners at Schneider Saddlery

Farnam Leather New® Foam in Tack Cleaners/Conditioners at Schneider Saddlery

Lexol Leather Conditioner in Tack Cleaners/Conditioners at Schneider Saddlery

Fiebing's 100% Pure Neatsfoot Oil in Tack Cleaners/Conditioners at Schneider Saddlery

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it's a Passier Gemini so i'd say pretty nice quality leather; it's already rather supple for something brand new. I want to make sure that I don't somehow mess up the browband any as it has the crystals in it.

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crim, I go with Fiebing's Saddle Soap < Leather Cleaner < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery. followed by this Effax Leder Balsam < Leather Conditioners < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery. (it smells very nice). My show bridle has crystals on browband and noseband, and I go carefully around them with the towel and soap/conditioner (I clean it after every show).

Nice bridle, BTW!

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ooohhhh thanks! I must make an order soon so I can start breaking this thing in. I do, however, need to get some reins for it too. Hum.... this is going to get expensive. :P
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ooohhhh thanks! I must make an order soon so I can start breaking this thing in. I do, however, need to get some reins for it too. Hum.... this is going to get expensive. :P
I got this pair (with stoppers): Victory Canter English Tack & Apparel - Horse Tack - Reins - Nunn Finer Sure Grip Rubber Reins(with or without stops) . They are US-made and very nice leather and the material itself (it gives). Unfortunately could only afford a pair for the show - but I absolutely love them. My neighbor is asking them as a present from her hubby after she looked/tried them (she wants without stoppers). :)

I bet this Victory Canter English Tack & Apparel - Horse Tack - Reins - Nunn Finer Dressage Reins are very nice too (also by Nunn Finer)

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Lexol, Fiebing`s are all great..but if you`re prepared to splurge for the best i`d have to go with Carr Day & Martin..everything by them is so luxurious and gets you the absolutely best results
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ooohhhh... interesting reins KV. I will be honest, i'm typically not a fan of anything but laced reins which is perhaps odd with a dressage bridle but I don't care. Seems to be the only place i'm finding passier laced reins is smartpak. Interesting...

BT - can you tell me if there's a significant difference you've noticed between the CD&M and other brands? I don't mind spending the money if it's really worth it, you know?
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