So I am now the proud owner of an beautiful older dressage saddle. When I bought it was pretty sad looking (and has been sitting at the tack store for months, feel stupid for discounting it before), I cleaned it with lexol soap and conditioner and it started to look much better, but the leather still felt dry. Took it to get it checked out by a saddle repair person and she told me to use neatsfoot oil on it get the life back into the leather.
I have now done two coats of neatsfoot and the leather is really soaking it up with the nice side effect of darkening the leather to a beautiful havanna.
Then I got on here to check how many coats of neatsfoot oil to put on my saddle to get it back to good shape, and a lot of threads on here say not to use any oils on a saddle ever! The saddle repair lady said not to use it on the billets, so I haven't touched those, but why exactly is oil bad for leather?
My saddle really seems to have "enjoyed" being oiled, and a lot of the creaking it was doing is gone, and the leather feels even better than before. Should I stop with the oiling...is it okay for one more coat...what should I do? This saddle is about 20-30 years old if that makes any difference.