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Buffalo leather saddle care question.

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  • Buffalo leather saddle care question.

    I have a new buffalo leather saddle that I *love*. I probably would not be riding if not for the comfort of this saddle. Since purchasing in September, I have only oiled it using Bienenwachs, as the saddler recommended. Also, I have never used leather cleaners, just a damp cloth to wipe off the dust. I have read that Custom Saddlery also recommends Effax, which is also a bee wax product, to be used 2-3 times a week on their buffalo saddles.

    The thing is that I have not oiled it much because the black dye rubs off onto my breeches. It washes out no problem, but I still would prefer that it didn't happen at all.

    Is this because the saddle is only a few months old, or just something to be expected? This never happened with my old calf leather saddle, although it is so hard you couldn't pay me to ride in it anymore. I'm worried that I may not be conditioning it often enough.
    Last edited by TheHorseProblem; Jan. 25, 2011, 04:46 PM. Reason: to get more responses
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  • #2
    Call your rep! or manufacturer.
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    Originally posted by LauraKY
    I'm sorry, but this has "eau de hoarder" smell all over it.
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    • Original Poster


      I have not heard back from the rep.

      Two friends who also ride in and love these saddles have not responded yet to my emails on the topic.

      Just to clarify, it's not a Custom saddle.

      Anyone? Wasn't there a thread about this a while back? I couldn't find it. BTW, the dye does not stain even my beige breeches.
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      • #4
        I had a buffalo saddle for a short time, and currently have a memel leather saddle which is buffalo like. I use only a damp cloth to wipe clean and the honey-like effax leder balsam in the brown jar. It leaves the soft textured hide feeling like new. I actually have some under my fingernails right now from cleaning tack earlier today.... it smells so sweet! like honey and sunshine.

        I would not personally use the effax creme (yellow jar), that tends to gob up and get stuck in the pores and small natural indentations and leave a whitish film behind. Its lovely stuff on smooth/bridle leather however.
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        • #5
          my experience

          I bought a used buffalo hide Antares and LOVE it....after trying several types of saddle care I tried Horseman's One Step and it is excellent. The leather stays hydrated but not goopy....it remains soft but not sticky .
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          • #6
            Is this a NEW saddle ? or just new to you?

            And personnally, I don't like the Bienenwachs product Can't recall the exact product, either the soap or creme, but for an odd reason, it discolored a bit of my brown jumping saddle.

            I prefer Effax or Stubben or Passier balsam.
            ~ Enjoying some guac and boxed wine at the Blue Saddle inn. ~

            Originally posted by LauraKY
            I'm sorry, but this has "eau de hoarder" smell all over it.
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            • #7
              Do what the manufacturer of your saddle recommends.

              Mine recommends the Effax lederbalsam, 2 or 3 times a week. It doesn't make it sticky or gummy but does keep the leather clean and soft.

              I haven't not had any issue with a lot of dye stains and I've had it for a not quite 2 months yet.
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              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by alibi_18 View Post
                Is this a NEW saddle ? or just new to you?

                And personnally, I don't like the Bienenwachs product Can't recall the exact product, either the soap or creme, but for an odd reason, it discolored a bit of my brown jumping saddle.

                I prefer Effax or Stubben or Passier balsam.
                It is new. It may have been ridden in for a week at a time here or there if other people had it on a trial basis, but that could be true of any saddle.

                My Bienenwachs is pretty old, so I will try the Effax Lederbalsam. That sounds like the best bet. And I washed my tan breeches in Woolite yesterday and the dye all came clean, so maybe it's not such a terrible price to pay for riding in comfort.

                I just look funny walking around Trader Joe's after riding.
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                • #9
                  My buffalo saddle came with the recommendation of only ever using Effax - every day for the first month, then twice a week.

                  It left a few marks on my white breeches when I showed in it the second week I had it, but nothing after that. They washed out.