Originally Posted by sorelhorse
the problem with me though is I can't wet my saddle, because it will darken the leather. \
It shouldn't. The saddle I used for the example is a light/medium oil and the color returned to normal when it dried. Many many of the top brand saddles and custom saddles are done in that way. I've done it without wetting the leather as well but the saddle had very pliable leather - not stiff leather.