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post #1 of 17 Old 06-22-2009, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Oiling saddle

I heard you are suppose to oil your english saddle. I was wondering what this does and how often are you suppose to do it?
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-22-2009, 03:49 PM
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I'm assuming its the same with a western saddle. I oil mine once a year. I clean it regularly but rarely oil it. It just keeps the leather from drying out. I use a conditioner with a wax base so it protects it from rain and sweat.


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I oil mine maybe twice a year and I condition it every few months because it can get really dry here. Oiling and conditioning your saddle helps to keep the leather supple, which can also take away some of the slipperyness that new saddles can have. It just keeps your leather nice and it does help to protect it from rain and sweat a bit. Oiling can also darken your leather a little.
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does it matter what kind of oil you use?
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does it matter what kind of oil you use?
Nope not at all.. but try to use your fingers to rub it into the saddle rather than a sponge.
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I use a pure 100% neatsfoot oil. Some oils can be hard on the stitching of a saddle. I would stick to a pure neatsfoot
Its not very expensive and you can get it at most sporting goods stores that sell baseball gloves


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Sorry to DP but I wanted to urge against using any petroleum based oils on your saddle. It will rot the stitching. Olive oil can be used but I'm sure its more expensive than neatsfoot


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Everything she said =)
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I use a pure 100% neatsfoot oil. Some oils can be hard on the stitching of a saddle. I would stick to a pure neatsfoot
Its not very expensive and you can get it at most sporting goods stores that sell baseball gloves
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I was also told by some friends that after oiling place your saddle in the sun to help with the absorption, something like opening the pores of the leather? Do anyone know if this is true. Tried it, but I'm new to leather saddles, have had synthetics.
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-23-2009, 01:04 AM
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I am an English Saddler and I have just one thing to say


NEVER USE OIL ON YOUR SADDLE.
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