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post #1 of 26 Old 08-06-2009, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Oiling the bridle - what is that?

Yes, I know this is a dumb question, but my trainer said my bridles are too stiff (I agree with English one, but have to disagree regarding the western, but...). Anyway, she said to get Neatfoot(?) oil and soak them in it for the night. So my question is: is it indeed how it should be done? Also how about color - will the color of the leather stay the same? My bridles are not that cheap so I don't feel like loosing one.
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No it shouldnt stain.
Another alternative is getting some leather dressing from a saddlery and rubbing that into it
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Never heard of actually soaking them in Neatsfoot....But I use a sponge with a little neatsfoot oil on it and rub it all over the bridle. Say goodbye to stiff bridles!


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I like my reins to be like wet noodles so I'm always using saddle soap to keep them clean and supple. I do the same for all my tack especially my bridles. The only time I soak my leather is if I pick up a used, dry bridle or other piece of leather.

I don't think you would need to soak you bridle in oil over night unless it is so stiff that it would crack if you tried to bend it. What I would do is to take it home and saddle soap it several times then use Hydrophane or a good quality oil as a finish coating. To keep it supple, saddle soap it each time you use it for a few hours. What gets a bridle stiff is typically horse sweat which helps to dry out the leather.

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Thanks, folks! I actually use soap and conditioner on my saddle and (rarely though) on my bridles (although not every time I ride ). So one more question about the oil: should I put it on and then wipe it dry after couple mins or should I just leave it on?

iride, no they don't crack. The English one still feel stiff - I agree on that, but IMHO the western ones are really nice and soft on touch. Not positive why she said so....
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When I got my new bridle I bought Hydrophane Leather Dressing. I took the bridle apart and put it into a bowl and poured the leather dressing all over and let it sit over night. Then in the morning I took the pieces out of the bowl, wiped off the excess and then set them outside in the sun for the day while I was at work. When I came home my bridle was nice and soft. The leather was darker though but it matched all of my other stuff even better.
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I soaked my light colored bridle in neats foot oil over night and it did indead darken it. I had enough oil coming from it that I could oil an enitre selection of saddles. What I ended up doing was after I removed the bridle from the oil, I soaked it in warm soapy water (3 times over night) then rinsed and let set outside in the son, which did remove some oil (water was very dark). The is still soft and supple, I do condition it every now an then. It is darker, but it does match my saddle better.
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my pony was away on loan and the person that had him soaked the bridle in oil and it is lovely and supple now
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Thank you all!
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Yes, I know this is a dumb question, but my trainer said my bridles are too stiff (I agree with English one, but have to disagree regarding the western, but...). Anyway, she said to get Neatfoot(?) oil and soak them in it for the night. So my question is: is it indeed how it should be done? Also how about color - will the color of the leather stay the same? My bridles are not that cheap so I don't feel like loosing one.
Do NOT use Neatsfoot oil.

Yes it will soften the leather, but it does so by breaking down the fibers.

I like Murphys oil soap! Cleans and softens and smells good!
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