Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Just give it a saddlesoaping with glycerin soap. That is pretty much what they used then. Don't oil it unless you are absolutely positive it needs it. I doubt it does as they saddles were made of the finest saddle leather available. I rode many old Barnsby english saddles that were cleaned regularly with glycerin and never had a drop of oil put to them and they were 30 yrs old and more.
Thank you! I guess that's what I wanted to know, what NOT to use! I had read somewhere else not to use oil so I'm glad you could confirm :)
Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie
It's beautiful, and those are wonderful pictures.
I was wondering about Cavalry in WWII... - then I saw your pictures, and realised that he was meant he was in a mounted regiment. Ignorant as I am of the US army, do you have many mounted regiments?
As to the saddle, if the tree and flocking are in good condition (and only a saddler can tell you this), then with some love and leather cream it should go on for ever. I hope it fits your horse
I think the Cavalry pretty much dispersed/became irrelevant after WWII as new methods of fighting developed. I can't imagine there are still any mounted regiments today (not combat ones anyways), but it used to be a very large and integral part of our military (as far as I can understand haha)
I won't be using the saddle, I highly doubt it would fit my stocky 14.3hh quarter horse if it fit that huge guy anyways lol I just want to take good care of it.