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    12-31-2012, 05:43 PM
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Weanling
Stubben Parzival Dressage?

I recently got a Stubben Parzival Dressage (used) and I noticed it scratches kind of easily. I accidentally scratched it with my thumbnail earlier. Is there anything I can do to make it scratch less easily? I am planning on using this often in a barn that isn't the neatest so I can see that it will get scratched up at least a little in the time coming. Also, is there anywhere that I can get a decently cheap but durable dressage saddle cover? I KNOW its going to get dusty in the barn and I want to keep it looking good and prevent scratches while it is not being used. Thanks!
     
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    12-31-2012, 06:43 PM
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Yearling
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.
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    12-31-2012, 07:07 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by freia    
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.
The leather isn't dry, and it is really smooth. I think it is padded leather on the skirt and the flap (its a bit hard to explain).
     
    12-31-2012, 08:44 PM
  #4
Yearling
Is it that leather that's not quite suede, but it's more of the softer type of leather that's used on expensive purses and handbags, rather than the thicker, stiffer usual saddle-leather? I haven't had any experience with that type of leather on a saddle. I do have some other things made with that type of leather, and as long as I keep them conditioned (not oiled - different things altogether), they seem to do fine. So sorry, I can be of no further help. Do you have a picture so maybe someone will recognize the leather and come up with some better ideas?
They're not scratches, just character marks that document your adventures
     
    01-01-2013, 12:52 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by freia    
Is it that leather that's not quite suede, but it's more of the softer type of leather that's used on expensive purses and handbags, rather than the thicker, stiffer usual saddle-leather? I haven't had any experience with that type of leather on a saddle. I do have some other things made with that type of leather, and as long as I keep them conditioned (not oiled - different things altogether), they seem to do fine. So sorry, I can be of no further help. Do you have a picture so maybe someone will recognize the leather and come up with some better ideas?
They're not scratches, just character marks that document your adventures

Thanks! Yes, I do think it is the leather used on handbags and such. I had another English saddle that was broken (the tree is broken and I want to cut it apart to see how the saddle is constructed and such) and the leather was the stiff kid. Thank you again!
     

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