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post #1 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 01:51 AM Thread Starter
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Tack cleaning question please help!

ok I have alot of old tack that has been given to me over the years its not great quality leather but it serves it purpose. I clean it with saddle soap but some of my tack is REALLY dry what should i use? any recomendations? Thanks any input will help
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 01:56 AM
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Use saddle soap along with a bit of water. An old toothbrush might also work to get into all those nooks and crannies.

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post #3 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 02:29 AM
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Lexol Leather Conditioner is great too! I also really like saddle soap

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 07:34 AM
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I would start using Leather CPR which cleans and conditions the leather. It is really helpful for dry, brittle leather.
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 07:52 AM
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I've used them ALL over the years but the best one I've ever used (and still do) is Hydrophane. It is so penetrating that their claim is to be able to oil your bridle without taking it apart.

I only use it once per year or if I come by an old piece of tack that I want to restore.

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post #6 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 09:20 AM
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I second Hydrophane Leather Conditioner. It's REALLY WORKS and it won't break down stitching or weaken the leather. It doesn't leave a residue and it penetrates the leather better than any cream product.

Clean your tack well then coat, coat, and coat it until it stops soaking it in. Coat both the finished and rough sides of the leather if possible, do not use on suede or nubuck. Wipe off the excess from the finished side of the leather and let it all dry for 2-3 days before using it.

To keep dry or cheap leather going, using Hydrophane every 3-4 months, no more than that. Just clean with a glycerine bar between conditionings. It runs abour $15-17 a can at most online shops. The can will LAST and is well worth the price.
Hydrophane Leather Dressing from SmartPak Equine

My two runner up products for super dry leather are Passier Lederbalsam and Harness Honey. Both are VERY conditioning though, and I wouild not use them more than once or twice a year. Here in the humid South, my tack gets moldy quicker when using either of these, but they're fine to use in more dry climates/weather or very rarely.
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post #7 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 10:24 AM
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This is the cheapest place that I've found Hydrophane: Hydrophane Leather Dressing: Legacy Tack

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I second Hydrophane and Passier.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-15-2008, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I think Ill give that hydro stuff a try and i love legacy tack there stuff is so cheap you guys should check it out www.legacytack.com! Im in pony club and they are very strict with the codition of your tack and I cant afford to get new stuff so I hope this stuff works! Thanks again everybody!!
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-16-2008, 11:49 PM
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being a fellow pony clubber and a past manager of a tack store. We would always use a glycerin soap, followed by an oil (I love hydrophane), then topping it with a conditioner which seals the leather's poors. Here's a rule of thumb, when cleaning tack if you use a damp rag to just wipe it down you don't need to oil, just add a little conditioner if needed. If you use a soap, the soap stripes the oils out of the leather which is what drys it out and makes it crack, then you need to do the full service,- soap-oil-condition. The better quality products you use on your leather the longer it will last.
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