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    10-05-2012, 09:36 PM
White Stuff on a new saddle

Hey guys! I just ordered a new Collegiate Finalist saddle from Carousel Horse Tack and it came today! Very exciting, beautiful color. The only thing I am concerned about is that there is white stuff that seems to be on the saddle. Its not on the knee rolls or seat of the saddle but it's on the flaps, under the flaps and on the bottom. I'm going to do a trial ride with my trainer tomorrow morning but I wanted to know what this was! Someone suggested it may be wax or something and that it's perfectly fine. Is it normal?

Thanks so much!

P.S. I'll attach a pic in a minute
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    10-05-2012, 09:45 PM
Does it rub off? It may be mould.
    10-05-2012, 09:46 PM
Here is a closeup...

It kind of rubs off but not very well, I'm sure some water or saddle cleaner could rub it off. I just don't want to change anything because I havent decided if I'm going to keep it yet
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    10-05-2012, 09:50 PM
Sometimes talcum powder is put on a saddle to stop that 'brand-new squeak' ya get with them......someone might have tried it and dusted it with talc to stop the squeak....
    10-05-2012, 09:50 PM
Hmmm that does look like it might be wax actually.
    10-05-2012, 09:51 PM
That's a good suggestion, thanks. It's funny that they would've covered the whole darned thing with it though haha

Any other suggestions?
    10-05-2012, 09:56 PM
Green Broke
I suspect wax as well. If it was kept in a place (ie warehouse) with a cooler temperature and/or some humidity, that may have brought the wax out.
    10-05-2012, 10:10 PM
Yes, the white stuff on your saddle is the leather "sweating". If it's really hot out or really cold, the leather will produce a white wax on the saddle. All quality leather saddles should wax up in hot or cold conditions - shows how high quality the leather is. :)
This is nothing to be worried about at all, this actually should happen! Just clean and condition your saddle, it'll come right off.
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    10-05-2012, 10:19 PM
Thank you so much! That makes me feel so much better!
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    10-05-2012, 10:26 PM
Same stuff was on a new halter I got yesterday. I think there was a big temperature change during shipping.
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