Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Yep, wipe it off with a damp cloth, go over it with saddle soap, then give it a good oiling with neatsfoot oil or a saddle conditioner and it will look a lot better. You can fix the curled skirts to some extent by putting the saddle over a barrel, wetting the leather there, then strapping a ratchet strap tight across those spots and holding the leather in the proper shape until its dry.
Go over your saddle carefully making sure none of the 'important stuff' is damaged-- look for loose rivets and stitching, frayed or cracked latigos, or cracked, torn stirrup leathers/fenders. Make sure the latigos and girth are supple and safe. Good leather should feel almost alive -- not overly limp and not cardboard stiff. On a saddle you aren't sure about the previous care, it never hurts to replace the cinch and latigoes so you know they are in good condition. Look at the d-rings and make sure those are well-attached and strong so you can be safe with the saddle cinched snugly to your horse.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 08-22-2019 at 07:42 PM.