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Do you oil your new calfskin saddle?

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  • Do you oil your new calfskin saddle?

    I jsut received my Amerigo Pinerolo and was wondering what everyone uses on these? I typically soak all my new leather tack in Hydrophane but am wondering if that is ok with calfskin?

    Thanks for any feedback!

  • #2
    Well my Antares is calfskin and they sent it with oil. I can't remember if I rode in it a few times then oiled it or oiled it right away.....
    ~Run and Jump!~


    • #3
      I give my Amerigo Pinerolo CC a light annual coating of Hydrophane so that I can (damply) sponge it down at least twice a week without hurting it. After the sponge-downs, it also gets a light coat of Passier Lederbalsam (both to reinforce the water resistance of the hydrophane and to provide a light protective layer). This was on the advice of a trusted friend who used to rep the brand and gave this advice to hundreds of customers. We're at the two-year mark now, and the saddle still looks and feels like a million bucks. I can count on two hands the number of times I've cleaned it properly with castile soap. The wipe-down-and-go seems to be all it needs.

      Make sure you're using calfskin stirrup leathers or else you'll scratch the flaps.
      Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


      • Original Poster

        Thanks SO much for the advice. I totally missed the issue with the stirrup leathers.... duh! glad to hear I can use Hydrophane with this saddle. I have done the same as you with my other saddles - once or twice a year give a good coat and then easy maintenance in between.


        • #5
          i just got an older model amerigo CC from equestrian imports in florida, and they recommended using the amerigo conditioner (much like the lederbalsam) twice a month for the first 3 months, and once a month thereafter. as to daily rides, i was advised to simply wipe off sweat and dirt, and occasionally wipe down with a product like the ledercombi.

          mine isn't all calfskin, but the seat and knee flaps are, and there were no different instructions, so i'm betting this would work for the pinerolo.


          • #6
            Oil on calf skin

            I would use neatsfoot oil


            • #7
              I no longer use oil on my tack because it causes the leather to stretch, I recommend using Stübben Hamanol Leather Dressing. It cures and conditions the leather,but doesn't cause it to stretch.


              • #8
                I rarely, if ever, use oil on my tack. Think about it...leather is skin. How often do you oil your skin? I prefer a balsam type conditioner, especially for a soft leather like calfskin. I, personally, wouldn't oil it.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by flypony74 View Post
                  I rarely, if ever, use oil on my tack. Think about it...leather is skin. How often do you oil your skin?
                  About as often as I de-flesh it and tan it. Leather care isn't really at all like like skin care, but FWIW, many people apply moisturizers / lotions with oil more than once a day...