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    05-12-2012, 07:26 PM
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Amber Hillside Horse Harnesses? (formerly Rons Horse Harnesses)

What has your guy's experience been with them? I'm actually really ticked off right now.

I bought my bridle from the back in February or so, and I've only used it a handfull of times. Maybe ten at the most, and I keep it in a bridle bag at my house. I've made sure to oil it weekly and I worked it with my hands until it was soft before I used it on Sour. I was looking at it today though, and its really in bad condition considering how new it is!

The bit keepers are my main problem. The leather has somehow practically turned to...mush. That's the only way I can explain it. It has totally lost it's shape and is flat/cracked looking. The threads are coming out too, in that area and in one or two other places. The blinkers came to me with a crack in the leather, but I let it slide.

Most recently though (just today) I noticed that the black is coming off and that its gumming up on the leather, showing some of the brown and making a really nasty residue! Also, on the noseback- the leather is very 'wrinkled' and odd looking.

I honestly don't understand. I've heard a lot of good about this place, and the bridle originally seemed to be very well made. Did I just get a dud or is it all like this?
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    05-13-2012, 10:33 AM
If you oiled this bridle weekly, then the fault lies with you. The oil has created the gummy, mushy mess. Saddlesoaping is one thing but oiling should be done maybe once yearly and only after the leather has been cleaned.
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    05-13-2012, 03:33 PM
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Really? The stuff that I have says to do it 'frequently' so I assumed that weekly was good. And I always made sure to clean it before oiling it. Its technically called a conditioner though. I guess its an oil? Its supposed to make the leather supple and soft.

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    05-13-2012, 04:07 PM
May I ask what you paid for the bridle?
    05-13-2012, 04:19 PM
If you use Neatsfoot Compound, it is destructive to leather and actually rots the stitching. Neatsfoot Oil is okay to use but as the other poster said, you don't need to do it every week.
    05-13-2012, 04:48 PM
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$85 for the bridle, $20 for the bit. Not a huge amount, but enough that I'd expect it to atleast last longer than this.

I'm not using Neatsfoot though, its something called 'Leather New deep conditioner/replinisher/restorer.' It says the ingredients are a blend of natural and synthetic oils. Contains no silicones or waxes. Contains no petroleum distillates.

I talked to the shop owner on the phone today though, and she thinks its just a dud bridle. They're sending me a new one. I was pleasently suprised by how willing she was to work with me, and said that its happened once or twice before- it just depends on the cut of leather that its made of. One plus for them! I guess we'll see if it really is just a dud when my new one comes in.

Supposively the Leather New doesn't harm the stitching either. Or so it says on the bottle.
    05-13-2012, 04:57 PM
My guess would also be that you've severely overconditioned it. I use pure neatsfoot oil (no compound) on all my tack but I usually only oil it once a year and only then if it needs it.
    05-13-2012, 05:01 PM
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Very possible. I'll make sure not to use any more. What should I do for roughness and/or dirt in the meantime?
    05-13-2012, 05:21 PM
When my stuff gets dirty, I'll usually just wipe it off with a damp rag. If it is really, truly nasty, then I'll wash it good with saddle soap and then lightly re-oil it.
    05-13-2012, 05:38 PM
Using leather conditioner, not to mention DEEP conditioner at that, weekly is most likely your issue here :x

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