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    05-02-2013, 08:54 PM
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Foal
Breaking in a new saddle

I just got a brand new western saddle. How do I condition it without darkening the leather?
     
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    05-02-2013, 09:05 PM
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Im not to good with the "not changing the leather color" because I usually don't care if it tints it a bit but if it squeeks use baby powder in all the nooks and crannys. I just bought a new saddle and that's worked in the past and it worked great on this one too!
     
    05-02-2013, 09:22 PM
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Trained
Everything will darken the leather to some degree, even the sun. For light colored show saddle, they recommend you do not oil or condition them, dust them off with a soft cloth and vacuum the leather tooling.
     
    05-02-2013, 09:39 PM
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Foal
I didnt know that about light oil saddles thank you! People tell me to ride in it a lot but I want something that would soften it up a little before I put it on my horse.
     
    05-02-2013, 09:51 PM
  #5
Trained
Absorbine had a conditioner that claimed it would not darken the leather (it did, but way less than other products). I used it on my very light leather show saddle stirrups, the foot pad part, seemed to work fine, with just a bit of darkening. This is the stuff
Absorbine Horseman's One Step Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
     

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