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post #1 of 32 Old 11-04-2011, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Saddle Oiling

I have had a lot of questions about saddle care lately. ugh. haha So how do all of you oil your saddle? What do you use to oil it? Also has anyone ever used shoe polish on a saddle to condition it or make it softer?

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I don't oil (if you are talking about Neatsfoot oil and alike). I tried once on bridle and didn't like the end result (plus it darkens the leather). I use saddle soap following by conditioner. You definitely need to use latter on both - outside and inside - to keep the leather nice and supple. I've seen some older saddles without a proper care - looked bad (especially the inside: rough and nasty, even very nice brands).

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Kitten, you have told me what you use before and I forget. Could you please tell me again. I remember commenting on how nice a saddle looked you had for sale I believe.

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I normally avoid the actual oils as well - though I did have one particularly old roping saddle that needed serious oiling - I used neatsfoot oil and conditioner on it. Saddle soap and conditioner tend to work best for most saddles.

I've never put shoe polish on a saddle. I'm not that willing to experiment, but I doubt the results would be very good.

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Kitten, you have told me what you use before and I forget. Could you please tell me again. I remember commenting on how nice a saddle looked you had for sale I believe.
I used Fiebing's Saddle Soap < Leather Cleaner < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery. soap followed by Effax Leder Balsam < Leather Conditioners < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery. (it smells so nice!).

But I've read this soap is much nicer: Passier® Saddle Soap < Leather Cleaner < Horse Tack|Dover Saddlery. . So I got it today - will give it a try next time I clean/condition (I try to do it once/month on my best).

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Thank you! I figured with the cooler months and a sweaty horse cooling off before he goes back out is a good reason to do none other then condition my gear. Now I have to find time to get to dover or the local saddlery and hope that they have what I am looking for.

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Also when you soap down a saddle how do you go about doing it because I feel like I am doing it wrong or something. I always somehow seem to make a huge mess and get water and soap and grime everywhere.

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Basically that soap is "hard" (not a spray, I tried spray but I always would get some on floor making it slippery). I basically just use a paper towel: get some on and clean all over the saddle, especially on dirty spots. Then do same with the conditioner and let it sit overnight (when it's cold in house to keep it warm), next day I just clean off the extras (if any) with the clean paper towel.

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So you rub the soap on the saddle followed by rubbing the conditioner on the saddle then wipe it off the next day? No water or anything. Did i read that right?

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I just got a tin of fiebings saddle soap, I used a makeup sponge to apply it lol. I just got a tupperware with water and dipped the sponge, rubbed it on the soap, then on my saddle and repeated until the whole saddle was done. Then I used lexol conditioner. I've had my first english leather saddle for all of 5 days and I've already cleaned and conditioned it 3 times lol, It had been sitting in a womans garage for a while so the leather was a bit stiff, but over all in great condition. Today I let me friend ride in it and she scratched it somehow, luckily she had some leather cpr and it worked so well you can't even see it anymore. I'm getting a bottle for emergencies like that lol.
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