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post #11 of 15 Old 07-29-2010, 09:59 AM
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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.
Actually my saddle maker told me that it breaks down the leather itself - which is why it softens it.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-29-2010, 10:04 AM
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If that be the case, then any conditioner that softens leather will do the same. Which is somewhat true. In the real world, you would have to constantly soak the leather in neetsfoot to have that happen. Normal use just keeps the leather supple without damage.

One of my saddles was ~20 years old when I sold it and I would condition it 2 or 3 times per year - heavily. The leather was soft and supple, and nowhere near broken down.

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Kitten_Val ... did you strip/clean the bridle first to get off the waxy stuff (that comes on the bridle- for protection) off? If not the oil won't do much help and won't be able to soak in ... another oil that works really well is Tanner Oil
Yes, I always clean my tack first with the saddle soap before putting conditioner on. It did soak good bunch of it, but still was feeling slippery even I wiped it dry with the paper towel. Anyway, I prefer my conditioner to use on my tack. And it smells great too (like coconut).
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And it smells great too (like coconut).
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This one: Dover Saddlery | Effax Leder Balsam Leather Care.

The smelt is VERY good (I'm picky and I have/tried couple other brands). And then the saddle and bridles smell nicely too.

I usually clean tack when it's colder, but with all this horrible weather I cleaned last week in 100+ degrees. The conditioner was a soup-like. But it did conditioned SO good this time that even my neighbor asked if it's a new bridle I got (I use it for 2 years already). And all bridles and reins are very smooth on touch.
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