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post #11 of 14 Old 12-20-2009, 08:40 PM
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Soaking is the worst thing you can do for leather. Too much oil clogs the pores, and the leather will be too satuated and will stretch out much faster.

If you're going to oil (although you say you don't want to) paint a coat on the underside of the leather, let it absorb and wipe off the excess. And make sure you use Pure Neatsfoot Oil, as Neatsfoot Compound causes the stitching to rot

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post #12 of 14 Old 12-20-2009, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by anrz View Post
Thanks! I don't really want to oil it, because I've had some bad experiences with the oil darkening the leather a little and I'd rather not risk it, even if there's little to no risk . So Horseman's One Step works well? I'll check that out! There's a bar of glycerin at my barn, so I can just use that whenever. Thanks so much!

You are very welcome! I love that stuff! lol Uhm, yeh it def does darken it, I'm sorry I left that out lol
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-20-2009, 10:16 PM
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I personally LOVE Passier Lederbalsam! It conditions the leather very nicely and leaves it nice and supple. I'm still on my first container of this stuff and I've already had it for a year, so it is definately worth the extra cost. Also, the Passier Saddle Soap is awesome, too, for really dirty bridles. I used to use Leather CPR but I felt like I was just smearing it around and it never really conditioned the leather as I had hoped.

If you decide to go with the Passier Lederbalsam then I would clean it first (either with glycerine soap or the Passier Saddle Soap). Then I would rub the Lederbalsam all over the bridle. I personally like using my fingers so I know I'm getting every spot. After that let it sit overnight to let it soak in, and then wipe down with a cloth in the morning. Sometimes if you apply too much there is still a bit of a sticky feeling in the morning.

Here's a link for both the Lederbalsam and Saddle Soap...
Passier Lederbalsam from SmartPak Equine

Passier Saddle Soap from SmartPak Equine
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-21-2009, 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted by My Beau View Post
Soaking is the worst thing you can do for leather. Too much oil clogs the pores, and the leather will be too satuated and will stretch out much faster.
The amish have a service. They soak harnesses. When you buy a new harness they throw it in their large tank, soak it and then let it drip dry and you pick it up a few days later.
My headstall was actually bought in 1986 and honestly it looks like new, the leather is dark and flexible as are the reins and it sees all kinds of weather from heavy rein to swimming and is soaked many times every year without a problem.
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