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    08-06-2009, 03:40 PM
Another (and I think better) option is to use Mink oil. It makes the leather nice and supple - I rehabilitated a 20 year old, very dry saddle using it. It makes everything nice and supple without the slick oily feeling, plus it is helps seal out water as well. You can get it at most shoe stores that sell leather shoes. Instead of being liquid, it is in a canister (like saddle soap) and you just spread it on with a sponge, then wipe off the excess. Usually I use a leather soap/conditioner, first then follow with the mink oil. If you want the bridle softer after that, just do it a couple more times over several days/weeks.
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    08-06-2009, 03:54 PM
Mink oil is a decent alternative. How I've applied it was using a hair dryer to heat the leather first then apply the mink oil to the warm leather. I find that it penetrates the leather much better using that method.
    08-06-2009, 11:06 PM
Thank you! Just one more question... Yes, I know more is always coming... Lol!

The Mink oil - will it change the color of the bridle? My english one is dark, but both western nice light brown (I really like it), which match my saddle, so I don't want it to change.

Mls, I may still use it on english one (it's rather crappy bridle, frankly, even for the leather), but 100% NOT on my nice western bridles.
    08-06-2009, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
^^ Oh great! Another thing to worry about! We have some.. Guess we won't use it now..
    08-07-2009, 06:54 AM
Personally I go a leather feeder/cream over an oil and rub it in - recommend the Stubben Hammol stuff - SO GOOD - I have a few "Showie" friends that do indeed soak their bridles in oil and there bridles are always soft and supple....

I try to clean then feed my bridles at least once a week and they keep soft (And all except one are not hugely expensve ones)
    08-07-2009, 07:15 AM
The absolute best to use, especially if you don't want to change color, is BlackRock BLACKROCK Leather ?N? Rich . It's hard to find and a little pricey but I've been successful on ebay. A tiny bit goes a long long way and it leaves the leather supple with a nice patina.

I've used it on some very expensive leather goods (besides tack) and put a jar each in my kid's stockings at Christmas - none of them ride. I swear by the stuff.
    08-07-2009, 08:25 AM
Folks, do you remove the bits and clean BOTH sides of the bridle? I mean the outer part is nice and smooth, but the inner part is not smooth. Is it what's called suede leather or not? Is it safe to use anything on inner side of the bridle?
    08-07-2009, 08:51 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Folks, do you remove the bits and clean BOTH sides of the bridle? I mean the outer part is nice and smooth, but the inner part is not smooth. Is it what's called suede leather or not? Is it safe to use anything on inner side of the bridle?
I remove the bit so that I don't get soap or oil on it giving my horse a bad taste. I don't ever remember having a rough side to my bridles. In fact I would not want one since it is in constant, moving contact with my horse's face. The rough surface would cause irritation and who would want that?

If, for any reason, I got a bridle with suede on the inside, I would oil the heck out of it and use a blunt knife or spoon and smooth it out. I don't want anything rough against my horse's face, I prefer the inside of my bridles to be lined with latigo.
    08-07-2009, 09:02 AM
Thanks, iride!
    08-07-2009, 06:15 PM
Yes you do both sides - rub it in everywhere leather

Take bit off - soak in warm water to get off the grass

I usually pull it appart completely once a month and clean just with the bit removed once a week...

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