Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Val, in addtion to dying as SR said, there is also drum dying which means the color is added to the leather at the time of the tanning process. Better leathers are done that way since it more evenly, and deeply penetrates the pores of the hide.
As for Neetsfoot oil, it's the neetsfoot compound not the pure neetsfoot that has been know to deteriorate cotton thread but saddles for the past 20-30 years have been made using nylon thread so it's really a non issue. Besides, it takes a lot of the compound to cause a problem. If your saddle stayed sticky for a long time, then (and please don't take offense) the leather may have been a poor quality and not very porous so it didn't absorb the oil at all. The other explanation is that it was totally saturated - but that would probably be unlikely.
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Last edited by iridehorses; 07-28-2010 at 02:46 PM.