What do you condition your bosal with?

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    03-31-2013, 04:17 PM
Green Broke
What do you condition your bosal with?

Ok -I just bought a bosal a few month's ago.
I have Vaquero rawhide cream that someone recommended.
Just wondering what other folks use.
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    03-31-2013, 05:13 PM
Wind, rain, snow, sweat, heat, cold.

My favorite is over 30 years old and doing fine.
    03-31-2013, 05:51 PM
Green Broke
You don't put anything on it to clean?
    03-31-2013, 07:38 PM
Originally Posted by flytobecat    
You don't put anything on it to clean?

I clean my western gear weekly, unless something happens and it needs it sooner. I clean my English gear each time I use it. But, I don't clean the rawhide braided cavessons that I use on the polo horses either.

I have never cleaned my bosals.

Now I'm going to have to ask some guys I know that make them. You have me wondering. Off to make a call or two.
    03-31-2013, 08:27 PM
Okie dokie. Called a buddy and he said while many never clean it (like moi) it is recommended. About every 6 months.

He also gave me a simple recipe for a dressing. I know you have a store bought conditioner but maybe someone else will come along and want to try it. I'm going to.

1 pound lard 4 oz ivory bar soap 1.5 cups water
Heat water and shave soap into it. Once soap is dissolved, cut in lard. Stir over gentle heat till a creamy paste is created. Pour off to a plastic tub and cool.

Said if you need a bit of waterproofing, cut "some" beeswax into it. He cooks like I do, apparently.

He says it’ll last for years.

I'm only 60 or so conditionings behind!
    03-31-2013, 09:53 PM
Oh, and the cleaning part he said any mild soap and water. I guess some use glycerine soap and some use Dove. He uses a toothbrush first to clean in the tight spots (hey, even I do that when it got cruddy).
    03-31-2013, 10:23 PM
I think I cleaned mine once before a show, I haven't used it in ten years, it's hanging in the tackroom. Looks good as far as I can tell. Here it is 10 years ago...
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    04-01-2013, 12:44 AM
Green Broke
Thanks so much guys. Things round here dry rot so fast, you really have to take care of them.

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