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    10-25-2012, 01:32 PM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I would wash it well with Murphys Oil Soap, and that will remove a lot of the gunk and stuff, rinse off and then saddle soap well, then finish with a touch of Passier Lederbalsm, rubbed well in, and then buffed.

Good news though, if your saddle is grabbing and holding onto dirt, it is probably grabbing and holding onto you
I was going to say the exact same thing. Golden and I have both brought a few old saddles back to life, and we seem to be doing it with the same technique. This is how I do my old saddles, and I don't have anything beyond the normal dustiness from the arena or trail. Nothing sticks.

I'd only add a little detail: After doing the cleaning, let the saddle dry, then run your hands over it. It should feel clean and smooth. There should be no tackiness, stickiness, or gunky feel. If it's not clean, clean it again. When you're satisfied that it's clean, then do the Lederbalsam. I like to let it sit on undisturbed for about 24 hours before buffing it out, especially if the leather is dry and needs extra conditioning. Apply with your hands, buff with a soft cotton cloth, not a brush. Then get a fresh soft cloth and keep buffing until it's nice and smooth. It may still feel a little tacky for the first ride or two, but it will be smooth and sleek very quickly.
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    10-25-2012, 01:57 PM
Good extra points there freia
    10-26-2012, 11:18 PM
I hope she takes Saddle On-line's advice. I've cleaned hundreds and that's what I would suggest also. English saddle leather isn't the same tannage as western saddle leather. A Barnsby is of an excellent tannage. I rode many miles in some that were 30 years old and the only thing that was used was Propert's Glycerin soap (same as Belvoir) and water. We worked up lots of suds with a sponge and applied that. Never touched a drop of oil or cream or conditioner to them. It has been my experience that once too much cream/oil/conditioner has been added it is very difficult to remove. Try the suds and allow them to sit for a minute then blot with a squeezed out sponge or a damp cloth, rinsed and squeezed almost dry. Don't wipe as I think the leather has had enough rubbing and may make the surface fuzzy.

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