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post #1 of 13 Old 07-22-2008, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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How often do you oil a leather saddle?

I think I'm going to keep this "Ligers and Tygons" (sp?) saddle I've been trying out. It's about 50+ pounds, but it's nice, and it fits and feels great.

Anyway, how often should I oil it?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-22-2008, 10:47 AM
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Just depends. I oil mine maybe twice a year. That's with plenty of riding, sometimes I might do it more..but I really tear it apart and oil the crap out of it. I'll soap it with Murphy's Veg. Oil soap-love that stuff, before I oil and spot clean the sweat marks between thorough spring/fall cleaning/oiling. I just use plain neatsfoot oil, but I have a dark saddle and one I don't care if the light one gets dark.

I may not do it often enough or too much. LOL But that's how I do it and I oil REALLY WELL, both sides of my fenders, etc (western saddles) when I bother to do it. keeps it nice and supple. but if you oil too often without cleaning, it promotes mold/mildew, depending on your climate. If you are in a humid area, you may not oil much, or in dry areas, need to more often.
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post #3 of 13 Old 07-22-2008, 11:26 AM
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I say about 1-3 times a year. :)

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post #4 of 13 Old 07-22-2008, 01:00 PM
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I'll strip my Western saddle down once a year to get into anyplace that I can get to. That means up and under the skirt and jockey, taking the leathers and fenders down from their place, stirrups off, etc.. I'll use a paint brush and a spray bottle to get at the parts that are difficult to reach. I'll also take that time to check the screws and tighten up anything that seems loose.

In between, I use saddle soap to keep it from getting stiff from horse sweat (and mine too). I do the same but more often with my bridles and reins. Since I like spending time in the barn I probably do it more often then most people but I also ride every day. Some of my using tack is over 15 years old but is in perfect and supple condition.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-22-2008, 01:28 PM
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I oil mine twice a year. Once in the spring when I start riding lots of the summer and once in the fall when my riding slows down!
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-22-2008, 02:01 PM
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If this is a brand new saddle, you want to remove the "protective coating' first with water and a rag... then oil the heck out of it... 3 or 4 times and be sure to get EVERYWHERE... Otherwise, wiping it off after each use, and oiling a few times a year is sufficient... I happen to LOVE to clean my saddle so I do it more often and it is as soft as butter.
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-22-2008, 03:03 PM
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I'm the same, about twice a year. Make sure you use the "real" pure neatsfoot oil if thats your oil of choice. I read someplace that the synthetic stuff is hard on the stitching.

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post #8 of 13 Old 07-23-2008, 12:00 AM
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every week or so =]

everyone i know cleans and oils their saddles a lot
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-23-2008, 02:12 AM
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You own a 50lb saddle? Whats that dang thing made out of? Brick? Man. I've never heard of a saddle so heavy. What brand is it?

I oil my leather often. 3 times a week.

edit- i didn't mean week. I clean mine three times a week, but I probably only really oil it once every couple months if not longer.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-24-2008, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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"Ligers and Tygons" is the brand. Never heard of it myself, but I'm new to this leather saddle thing. I've been using a synthetic.

I was told the tree is wood, and it's a 15" reining saddle. Yes, it seems AWFULLY HEAVY to me, too.
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