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  1. #41
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    Quote Originally Posted by krfarms View Post
    I have used Skidmores for about 25 years. I have had the same bridles, and most of my leather goods. It is a FANTASTIC cleaner, conditioner. I buy it and give it to all my friends for X-mass. They love it. The only problem is you have to order it direct. But the people are great. I always get comments that my saddles, etc look better than anyones in the barn and I probably spend the least amount of time cleaning of anyone in the barn--"A" hunter barn too!!!
    Oh man, I *love* Skidmore's. A friend had me try it a few years ago, and omg!!! I just sold an unopened tub of Passier Lederbalsam for $4 today at a tack sale so I wouldn't feel like I had to use it before I bought more Skidmore's (which, let's face it, would take like a decade at least). Not that Passier's Lederbalsam isn't great. It's just not as good as the Skidmore's :P Anyway, sorry for the thread necro, was just searching comparisons of the two brands to see what people were saying.

    EDIT: I don't think I'd use it as a cleaner though. Still pretty fond of Passier's Saddle soap for cleaning.



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    I really like the Voltaire balsam I got with my saddle--it's really thick (thicker than my second fav, Passier), and seems to condition really well. As mentioned, I also like Passier Lederbalsam, in addition to Effax balsam and Akene conditioner.
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  3. #43
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    I love the Effax Lederbalsam, and the Ledercombi. I also recently discovered Moss leather cleaner and conditioner and use it as a daily wipe-down for my bridles and saddles. The vanilla bean one smells amazing.

    For more intensive stuff, the Effax or even Ko-Cho-Line is what I use. The Ko-Cho-Line conditions and softens new tack beautifully. It makes even my crappy cheap saddle I bought for my baby semi-decent-feeling.
    You can take a line and say it isn't straight- but that won't change its shape. Jets to Brazil



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    I recently got the Equipe Soft Grease (along with the Soft Clean cleanser) and I like it. It smells amazing (vanilla) and it seems to condition nicely without being overly sticky or heavy like the Passier Lederbalsam. I do like the Lederbalsam but only occasionally - I feel like I can use the Equipe more often as part of my regular cleaning routine.

    FYI I also really like the Equipe Soft Clean cleanser - it seems to dissolve the gunk and grime easily, and doesn't end up in a big lather that needs to be wiped off or rinsed.
    I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.



  5. #45
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    Passier - I LOVE how it smells. And how it makes my hands feel after I use it (I apply it with my fingers!).


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    Quote Originally Posted by jlphilli View Post
    I really like the Voltaire balsam I got with my saddle--it's really thick (thicker than my second fav, Passier), and seems to condition really well. As mentioned, I also like Passier Lederbalsam, in addition to Effax balsam and Akene conditioner.
    I am really happy with the Voltaire balsam as well. It is thick, but soaks in well and doesn't leave my saddle tacky or greasy.



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    Another Vote for Passier Lederbalsam! I got a tin of it off of Smart Pak for $17.00 over two years ago. I've hardly made a dent in it and I condition my saddle on a normal basis. A little goes a long way and it lasts for ever. Also makes your leather a little grippy which is nice


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    What does smartpak sell that ISN'T sticky? I love hydrophane, but I am looking for something to use every day.



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    Another vote for Passier Lederbalsam! My tack looks great
    "There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor and the other is patience."


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    Quote Originally Posted by akhunterrider View Post
    I am really happy with the Voltaire balsam as well. It is thick, but soaks in well and doesn't leave my saddle tacky or greasy.
    Yes! I agree, I do love how it doesn't leave it sticky afterwards like other balsam-type conditioners.
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    [George Morris] doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, he prefers Dos Equis



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    Quote Originally Posted by JumpWithPanache View Post
    I'll vote for the Passier Lederbalsam! It lasts close to forever too since you need very little to make your leather very supple. I just leave my sponge in the container and never rub new balsam onto it.
    This is what I use on my (expensive) tack.
    Sandy in Fla.



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    I too will give my vote to the Passier Lederbalsam, I've had my tin forever and it still works fantastic (my non-horsey friend needed to break in some shoes fast and used it and loved it too!)
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    I got a tube of the Oakwood leather conditioner for free with a recent tack purchase and really like it. I just cleaned and conditioned several sets of reins and they're hanging on a hanger in the closet by the back door. Every time I open the closet I find my self closing my eyes and inhaling deeply. Smells heavenly.

    I had been using Leather Therapy products and while I will continue to use the wash, which I like better than any other cleaning product I've ever used, I am going to switch to Oakwood for conditioning.

    When I lived in a very dry climate, I couldn't live without my neatsfoot oil, but now that I live in the very humid southeast, neatsfoot is worse than useless unless you keep your tack inside a pest-proof, climate-controlled tack room.



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    I'm telling you, if you love the Passier Lederbalsam, you need to give Skidmore's a try. I was a fan for years, and I still think it's really good stuff. Skidmore's is just THAT MUCH BETTER



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    I'm an oil fan (with Walsh Saddle Oil being my current favorite since I'd still like to darken my saddle), along with a slick of Belvior Glycerine (love this) to finish. Oil needs to be used very infrequently, which works for me. For tougher cleaning that needs more than a damp sponge, I like Kirk's Castile. This system gives beautiful long-lasting leather!
    Mon Ogon (Mojo), black/bay 16 H TB Gelding



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    Quote Originally Posted by REH View Post
    For oil, no product compares to the Effax Leddersoft. It's like the difference between $5 olive oil and $50 olive oil. So, fine, when you put it on your finger it penetrates right in without making your fingers oily.
    x2! My favorite.



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    Wegmans had all kinds of delicious scented Castile soap (lavender, lemon, etc.) I bought a bar and can't wait to try it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REH View Post
    I keep many products on hand and rotate them depending on the current condition of the particular piece of tack, but I LOVE both the Akene and the Effax ledderbalsam. I don't use them, however, as much as I use the Leather Therapy, which I find penetrates deeper and is less of a "buff" than the other two.

    For oil, no product compares to the Effax Leddersoft. It's like the difference between $5 olive oil and $50 olive oil. So, fine, when you put it on your finger it penetrates right in without making your fingers oily.
    I love Effax products but the ledger soft contains whale oil which is why I won't use it



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