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  1. #1
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    Default Oiling vs. Conditioning A New Saddle?

    I'm looking for a little advice on what to do with my new saddle. Previously I've always used good ol' neatsfoot oil, but I hear the newer products out there are much better for tack. It seems that a lot people like passier lederbalsam to condition, and hydrophane dressing to oil. So what's the difference between oiling and conditioning? Which should I do and when? Any input greatly appreciated!*



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    I would suggest calling the company who made the saddle.

    Many companies have recommended instructions for how to break in their particular brand of saddle. A lot of it has to do with how the leather in the saddle was processed/if it was treated with anything before it left the factory.



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    I use neatsfoot oil on new saddles a couple times, then once the leather feels broken in, I use Leather Therapy as needed. I've tried using Hydrophane and Passier Lederbalm on new tack, and I ended up having to use oil to get it to soften up at all.



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    Thanks guys, I did email the company, haven't heard anything back yet. Any other thoughts?



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    We oil hunt seat saddles only to darken them. Walsh if it really needs to be a lot darker, hydrophane darkening oil if it's not too far off from the desired end result. Once done, glycerine to seal it.

    Then Passier Lederbalsam from then on out, and work the leather a lot with your hands to break it in (roll the flaps etc. - that's what will soften it, not the product).



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