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post #1 of 15 Old 05-10-2014, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Oiling a Brand New Saddle???

I just bought a brand new Circle Y Alpine Flex2 trail saddle and am not sure if I need to oil it before riding in. And if so, what should I use and how should I do it? How often should I oil it to maintain the leather?

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post #2 of 15 Old 05-10-2014, 11:03 PM
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Some people become very meticulous with their saddles, especially those of a higher price tag.

I typically clean/condition my Bates twice a month and that's probably 4 days a week of riding (when the weather is good and life is quiet, which isn't often lol!) A quick swipe with conditioner after each ride doesn't hurt, but certainly tedious and I don't have the time (or energy at that point *chuckle*) to do it.

I always oil new tack, especially after the browband of my bridle split open in my storage box after the second day I had it and only one use. I assumed my lack of conditioning/oiling was part of the culprit, but still waiting on my replacement.
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Don't oil it too often. If it seems dry, oil it. But oil tends to break down leather, so doing it often is not prudent.

However, something like Passier Lederbalsam is probably hard to go too far wrong with:

https://www.smartpakequine.com/passier-lederbalsam-216p
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Soo jealous! I love circle y saddles..
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Oiling it will help make it lose any stiffness but you don't have to do it religiously. Once in awhile if it needs it and only smooth leathered areas.
Don't oil the rough out (assuming yours has it?) because it will cause it to turn smooth if you ride in it after. If you must do it, oil the rough out from the backside and clean it with a damp rag and sandpaper to bring the grain up again.
Oiling is also best done outside on a warm summer day to help it thoroughly soak into the leather ;)

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If you are going to oil leather then warm the oil first, do not boil it but get it hand hot and apply with a painters brush (2") this enables you to get I to all the nooks and crannies and it soaks in better.
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don't use neatsfoot oil. ( I think that's how it's spelled.. ) it breaks down the stiching.

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If you are riding a LOT I recommend saddle soap. It will clean it, keep it clean and it softens the leather. Honestly, just like pruning fruit trees, people don't oil up their leather tack often enough. Just when you are depending upon it you'll find a piece cracked bc it is dried out.
Regarding Neatsfoot oil, I have heard that before, for almost 30 years. I don't use Neatsfoot oil all of the time bc it takes time to soak into the leather. The stuff that I bought 2 weeks ago was dry as a bone, so I used neatsfoot oil on it, then saddle soap, and then hung all of the leather up to dry. ALL of it is now supple. I will be riding with those reins and breastplate soon. Neatsfoot oil will make the leather stretch if it has soaked it up and you use it immediately. Once the piece has dried this will not happen.
There are many good leather conditioners on the market. The more you pay, the better the conditioner, but don't discount neatsfoot oil. If you ever pick up a very old piece of leather there are not a lot of products that can restore it, but Neatsfoot oil is one of them. It has always amazed my how old leather will soak it in after each pass and it looks as if you didn't even use it.
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dont use neatsfoot oil. ( I think that's how it's spelled.. ) it breaks down the stiching.

100% neatsfoot doesn't and anyway these days the stitching is more likely to have nylon in it so doesn't break down..

But even with the older stuff, I have a bridle that I bought 30 years ago, and it was old then, I oil it reguarly and it hasn't lost a stitch so far.
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100% neatsfoot doesn't and anyway these days the stitching is more likely to have nylon in it so doesn't break down..

But even with the older stuff, I have a bridle that I bought 30 years ago, and it was old then, I oil it reguarly and it hasn't lost a stitch so far.
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If you are riding a LOT I recommend saddle soap. It will clean it, keep it clean and it softens the leather. Honestly, just like pruning fruit trees, people don't oil up their leather tack often enough. Just when you are depending upon it you'll find a piece cracked bc it is dried out.
Regarding Neatsfoot oil, I have heard that before, for almost 30 years. I don't use Neatsfoot oil all of the time bc it takes time to soak into the leather. The stuff that I bought 2 weeks ago was dry as a bone, so I used neatsfoot oil on it, then saddle soap, and then hung all of the leather up to dry. ALL of it is now supple. I will be riding with those reins and breastplate soon. Neatsfoot oil will make the leather stretch if it has soaked it up and you use it immediately. Once the piece has dried this will not happen.
There are many good leather conditioners on the market. The more you pay, the better the conditioner, but don't discount neatsfoot oil. If you ever pick up a very old piece of leather there are not a lot of products that can restore it, but Neatsfoot oil is one of them. It has always amazed my how old leather will soak it in after each pass and it looks as if you didn't even use it.
maybe it was a product that had neatsfoot oil in it, along with other stuff..? i'm going by what other horse people (tack shop owners) have told me regarding it. I personally use saddle soap and once in a while, Lexol. But my current saddle is synthetic, and I don't ride.. so I guess take my advice with a grain of salt.
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