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    12-12-2010, 10:42 PM
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Letting leather saddles get wet?

Here in Oregon, we've basically hit the time of the year where it rains a ton. Currently it's been raining for about a week and I haven't ridden.
I'm just terrified of getting my saddle wet. It's a 1969 that was basically invented by the king and queen of awesome. It fits my booteh so well and I feel so secure in it, way more secure than I've felt in pretty much any western saddle I've ridden in and I've ridden in quite a few. And on top of making me feel like $1,000,000,000,000,000, it fits Lacey super well too (and it also makes her look like she's made of a bazillion dollars, btw)!

But anyway, I NEED to ride, but I'm scared of what might happen to my saddle if it gets wet regularly. Is there anything I can do to keep it safe? Will it survive regular dampenings? I'm mostly concerned about the skirt, cantle, horn, and pommel since the rest of it is pretty much covered by me.
I do clean/oil it regularly. I've been cleaning it about once every two months or so since I'm not exactly sure how often I should be cleaning it and I don't want to over do it since I would really like to own this saddle for the rest of time.

Also, in heck yeah news, I've done so much riding in it since I got it in July that I have single-handedly turned the stirrups! They weren't turned at all to begin with and that was killing my ankles, so I'm glad they finally decided to work with me.
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    12-12-2010, 11:06 PM
So long as you keep it conditioned and remember to re-oil it periodically, especially after a particularly soaking ride, then you should be fine. I spent many a year riding in saddles that had been wet more times than I could count and they never showed any ill-effect.

Also, for future reference about turning stirrups, when I get a saddle that doesn't have the stirrups turned, I will either soak the leathers/fenders in a stock tank for about 20 minutes or really drench them with Neatsfoot oil. Then I will twist the leathers just a bit farther than I want them to go and stick a broomstick through the stirrups and leave it overnight (or even better, a couple of days). Works wonders .

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