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post #11 of 32 Old 11-04-2011, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Rachel, do you not wipe off the soap then? Just put the conditioner over it and rub it in? If so boy oh boy have I been doing this cleaning thing all wrong.

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Rachel, do you not wipe off the soap then? Just put the conditioner over it and rub it in? If so boy oh boy have I been doing this cleaning thing all wrong.
I didn't, but I was really rubbing it in, so there wasn't really anything to wipe off, but I was actually going to post this question because I wasn't sure either . It seemed to work well the way I did it, but I could be wrong lol. All my other saddles were cheapy westerns that I didn't really do much with, this is my first time having a good quality leather saddle, I have been using a wintec english up until now.
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Well I am glad that I am not the only one with tack cleaning problems! Haha I just got a really nice english saddle as well and want to keep it really nice. Help us!!! Haha

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Well I am glad that I am not the only one with tack cleaning problems! Haha I just got a really nice english saddle as well and want to keep it really nice. Help us!!! Haha
I'm not sure if you saw my many previous posts lol, but I got a stubben on monday for $200, I'm so excited I've been telling pretty much everyone but my boyfriend lmao, he won't understand that 200 is a steal And I also want to keep it nice, so much so that it killed me to leave it at the barn today! But I can't keep it in my car any more, it's only a matter of time before he happens to see a saddle in the back of my car lol. I'm thinking of maybe getting a bottle of leather cpr and just using it on the whole saddle since it did such an amazing job on the scratch that was so bad looking I nearly had a heart attack! I made a new rule today, if you want to ride in the stubben you need to be wearing riding pants, no jeans allowed to sit in my stubben! Lmao
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Oh I hear ya! I got a Pessoa in August and when I got it I was even afraid to use it. I keep it covered with a saddle cover and then put a saddle pad over it and have like 4 saddle pads under it on the rack. When I take it off of my horse I make sure that is is resting on something and not just the cement isle in the barn. I am thinking I am going to get some of the CPR since I have heard so many good things about it. I am still wondering about how everyone cleans their saddles though. I always thought soap had to be rinsed. Ugh so confusing!

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My favorite saddle shop recommended Skidmore's leather butter. They showed me how well it works on a bridle they were making and it was AMAZING. Better than neatsfoot oil because it will stop absorbing once there's enough in it and it won't darken the leather at all. I haven't gotten any yet, but I'm planning to on payday.

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Oh I hear ya! I got a Pessoa in August and when I got it I was even afraid to use it. I keep it covered with a saddle cover and then put a saddle pad over it and have like 4 saddle pads under it on the rack. When I take it off of my horse I make sure that is is resting on something and not just the cement isle in the barn. I am thinking I am going to get some of the CPR since I have heard so many good things about it. I am still wondering about how everyone cleans their saddles though. I always thought soap had to be rinsed. Ugh so confusing!
I keep it covered and am very careful with it, but today it really took a beating not only did my friend scratch it but after that she was putting it on another horse and I think he spooked after she had put it on(I'm sure you had the whipping wind there today too) and I heard my saddle hit the ground , it didn't suffer any scratches or anything from that tho.

I just got the soap container out and it doesn't say anything about rinsing it, just to "dampen a cloth or sponge. Rub lightly over soap to produce a lather. Then apply to leather surface. When dry polish with a soft cloth for a light luster. "
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Looks like I will be making a trip to Dover! Haha We did have the wind today Beau didnt seem to notice he was too busy looking for deer (ugh) to notice the wind I guess.

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Drafty, is that like a conditioner?

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Yeah, it is. It's the consistency of body butter (like for people). From what the tack shop guy said, you don't have to bother with soap (I asked about soaping and conditioning or oiling my new bridle 'cuz it was hella stiff), just put some of the leather butter on a rag, work it into the leather and VIOLA!

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