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post #1 of 6 Old 12-03-2013, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Really stiff leathers!

I bought a new set of leathers. I couldn't justify the $130 ones at the tack shop and they didn't have anything in the mid range in black so I went for the cheapies. How on earth can I soften them up? I've never had anything brand new before so I'm at a loss!

I have some Leather New on hand at home. I don't think I have anything else but I can stop at the shop if I need to.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-03-2013, 01:09 PM
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Neatsfoot oil will help soften them, plus you're going to want to use them. Most new leather needs a breaking in period.

I try to buy bridles that are already soft, but if they're not usually a good dosing with neatsfoot takes care of a lot of the stiffness.
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I've had success with Kocholine / Ko-Cho-Line harness dressing. It's like a grease for tack. Work it into the leather sparingly and then bend the leather back and forth to get it to be more pliable. Wipe the excess off before using the leathers.

Alternately, some people say to wet the leather with water and then bend it back and forth, then condition it and let it dry.

Use oil sparingly. It makes leathers stretch and will also leave a bit greasy line on the saddle flaps.
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Coconut oil works great for softening leather.
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Originally Posted by GamingGrrl View Post
Coconut oil works great for softening leather.
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I would suggest against coconut oil- it works great initially I'm sure, but when I worked at the local tack shop the owner (very experienced and leather savvy) told me that once the oil goes rancid (in about 2 years) it damages the leather. Cheers. will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. ... Explore. Dream. Discover.”
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