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post #1 of 6 Old 06-18-2020, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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boot care

Looking for some advice.

I love my Ariat Roper boots - super comfy, great for chores and riding and my feet are not melting in 90+ degrees weather.
Needless to say, I would like to keep them as long as possible. But here's the crux: Currently they get soaking wet twice a day, as 2 old horses need their teeth/mouths rinsed and one other her hoof and leg hosed thoroughly... Consequently I get pretty wet all over, including my boots.

How do I condition the leather (as soon as it is dry again) to help counteract the abuse?
Leather conditioner intended for saddles? Neatsfoot oil? Shoe polish?

And yes, I could change into rubber boots for the hosing, but they get so swampy, I rather use them in cooler weather

What do you use to keep your boots in good shape despite abuse?
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-23-2020, 09:10 PM
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Neatsfoot oil

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-24-2020, 03:18 PM
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Obenauf's heavy duty LP leather conditioner is the best I have used. However it may darken the leather.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-24-2020, 03:48 PM
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I use Mink Oil on my boots when walking through sopping wet grasses in the pasture.
I liberally apply it all over the boot and along the sole where leather meets the hard sole..
The water beads up, no soaking of the leather at all occurs.
When I stomp my foot on a dry hard spot {concrete patio} my boot is dry immediately of water now seen on the concrete.
Only down side I've found is the leather will darken some with the mink oil applied but that doesn't bother me.
My boots are plain brown in color, no accented colors or design...a bit of stitching but that's it.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-24-2020, 04:48 PM
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Mink oil or neatsfoot oil will help quite a bit but the bottom line is that under those conditions the leather will break down pretty quickly. There's really no way around that.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-24-2020, 09:47 PM
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I walk through a creek four times to get horses six days a week.

I clean with saddle soap weekly (because I track up in an arena with dust and fiber) and dress with either 100% neatsfoot oil, mink oil, or Skidmore Leather Cream. I just alternate.

My chore/schooling boots are five or six years old. The only time my feet get wet is if the creek is up and it comes over the tops.
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