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post #1 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Neatsfoot oil and mounting blocks :)

I have a couple of questions to ask you knowledable horse people! :P So thanks in advance to anyone who can help :)

The guy at the tack store gave us Neatsfoot oil(pure) to use on my new saddle. It is an older Crosby(thread here if you want to see: I got a saddle!! ) and while the leather isn't really dry, it does feel like it could use a good conditioning. Is this the right product to use? I have gotten mixed reviews on it.

Next order of business, I want to make a mounting block but I'm not sure how. My horses are 15hh and 16'3hh, how tall should the block be? I'm.....sorta bouncy I suppose, lol! I read on some website to use the peices of wood that are used to make the sides of staircases but I can't remember where I saw that. Does anyone know? Or can you just tell me another way to do it? Thanks!

Finally, I am not sure how to remove the stirrup leathers from my saddle :(. There isn't really any room to slide them off and the stirrup bar won't more up or down :(. Help!

Thank you to anyone who can help answer my questions!!
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-05-2011, 11:15 PM
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I love neatsfoot(: I use it on my bridle and reigns and makes it look beautiful!!
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I really like Passier Lederbalsam (Dover Saddlery | Passier Lederbalsam Leather Care.). It won't sink in as fast, but I think it is a better conditioner. Neatsfoot oil by itself can soften the leather by loosening the connection between the fibers. Or so I've read...

Can't help on the mounting stand.
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My family has used Neatsfoot oil for decades on our tack and harness and I swear by it. Do try to avoid over-oiling it though because if you do, you'll have black legs after every ride for quite a while .

I'm no help with the mounting block either. Sorry .

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post #5 of 10 Old 03-06-2011, 12:15 AM
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Neats-foot oil is great, just remember though.... it will darken the leather. If you don't want your saddle to get darker then use something else.
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-06-2011, 12:46 AM
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Pure Neatsfoot oil is great. But don't over oil and I have heard one should very rarely oil billet leathers 'cause it makes them stretch.
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My hubby and his brother built my mounting block, they used 2x6 boards I believe. Each step is a 2ft section of a 2x6 I believe, the sides are lengths of 2x6 running vertically and then they braced it underneath with yet more 2x6's. It took them maybe an hour? Stain was applied and then let dry. It is STURDY and weighs so much that my trainer uses a tractor to move it.

As far as height, do NOT make your mounting block the same height as your horse's back. If you do this, not only will every, single, last person, that sees your mounting block, howl in laughter, you will also have to precariously step down onto your horse, while hoping it doesn't move, because you will fall flat on your face. Nearly falling over the other side of the horse while mounting is also an issue. It does make for a very handy shelf for water bottles, cell phones and whatever else, you can ride up and grab them.

Honestly, just buy a 2 step plastic mounting block. Horsemens Pride 2-Step Mounting Block - Ton easier, they aren't that expensive and that's what I actually *use*. My homemade monstrosity sits outside the arena and is used for the occasional bareback ride on a 16hh+ horse. I am pathetically short and have no issues mounting a 16hh horse with a plastic 2 step block.
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Thanks everyone! I didn't oil my saddle yet(that is on tommorow's agenda) but I did use the Neatsfoot on my bridle and while did darken it some, it also made it a lot more supple and moisturised! I used a nylon bridle a Pari so the two leather ones havent been touched in a couple of years, and we never cleaned our tack. Needless to say, it was pretty dry! But it is all good new soI can use it on my pretty boy :)
I Found the site I was lookoing at on how to build a mounting block. It was if anyone else wants to bild a mounting block :). They also have some good riding tips on there!
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I've found that everyone has their own special way of conditioning and cleaning leather. Some people use nothing but special balsams, some people swear by nothing but saddlesoap and neatsfoot. And others prefer extra virgin olive oil. The point is: So long as you clean it and condition it regularly, it's down to a personal preference. (But until you're well versed on them all, you may want to stick with products you know are meant for saddles/bridles.)

Neatsfoot is more than fine. Many people swear by it. I would also get some saddle soap so that you can clean your tack and lightly condition it in between oilings.

I do saddle soap/Lexol Leather Cleaner every other lesson-ish, and also use a leather balsam, like the Passier Lederbalsam* for light/medium conditionings through out the year. Twice a year (once if it looks good) I will break down the saddle and give it a deep conditioning, using neatsfoot/mink oil or Lexol Leather Dressing. (Which is neatsfoot based, but won't darken the leather.)

You can play around with your routine, see what you like and see what you don't.

* Mine's similar, but not the same. In fact, mine was meant for use on Doc Marten boots!
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-07-2011, 10:34 AM
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You've gotten good advise concerning Neatsfoot oil so I'll leave that alone. As for your stirrup bars, try using WD-40 on the them. English riders I know (and I did also when I rode English) leave the bar down all the time.

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