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post #1 of 7 Old 01-10-2013, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Cool Making leather reins softer

Im wondering how you can get your leather braided reins to be softer? Mine keep rubbing holes in my gloves. I have heard you can soak them in water for a little while or just oil the heck out of them... Does anyone else have any tips?

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-10-2013, 12:12 PM
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I was taught to never put leather in water as it removes the oils in the leather to keep it soft...

I find cleaning/conditioning my reins(actually, all my tack) with Passier Lederbalsam, keeps them nice and soft and supple.

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-10-2013, 12:36 PM
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I would stay away from soaking them in water, that will make them more stiff actually.

If you have conditioned them and oiled them and it isn't making a difference, you can try coating them liberally with oil, then sticking them in a ziplock bag overnight to soak. Sometimes if you warm up the oil/leather it will penetrate deeper.

Love that Passier Lederbalsam!

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-10-2013, 12:37 PM
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Love that Passier Lederbalsam!

It's honestly the only stuff I will use on my tack! I swear by it lol

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I use the C.P R for all leather stuff it work very well

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-10-2013, 01:34 PM
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Yes, warming up the leather and adding some good conditioner will make it absorb better, try a hairdryer on a low setting to speed up the process. When the leather is warmed up, really try working the product into it, bending & manipulating the reins like silly putty.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-14-2013, 01:42 AM
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Bending/rolling the reins really does help. I suggest doing it only where the lacing is though, as it does initially slightly change the colour, only until you oil it next.

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