Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
• Horses: 0
If the leather is nicely conditioned, it should withstand scratches quite well (not deep gouges, of course). Make sure you've used a quality conditioner or balm like Lederbalsam or Effax (or one of the many "favorites" you'll find people using) so the leather is soft and resilient. Dry leather will scratch like cardboard. Think of your own skin. If your skin is really dry, it takes nothing to scratch and abrade it. If you've used lotion and you're nice and soft, you can withstand a lot more.
My old German saddles are all really well conditioned, and when they do get scratched, I can pretty much just buff them out and good as new.