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New Edgewood bridle..how to dip/make it look best?

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  • New Edgewood bridle..how to dip/make it look best?

    Title says it all. I just ordered my mare a new edgewood bridle. Their website says to dip it in neatsfoot and neatsfood compound mix. Is there an easier way to do this? I don't *think* I have a tack store that dips tack near me, but I could be wrong. Any suggstions?

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    Mix it yourself in an old rubbermaid container or bucket. Take the bridle apart and just put all the pieces in there for 3-5mins. Make sure every piece gets coated nice and good. Take out, wipe/buff with an old cloth(I use old t-shirts), roll it, and lay to dry in room temp 24+ hours.

    That's how I do it, and it is the easiest way. You can repeat when it's dry if you wish it darker, supple-er etc.

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    • #3
      ditto above poster.

      I have done all my edgewood tack like this and it turns out beautiful. I LOVE edgewood!

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      • #4
        I use a cheap paint brush ,pour some neatsfoot in a small cup then paint away.This way doesn't take as much neatsfoot and I feel so artsy.

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        • #5
          I actually use Hydrophane and olive oil mixed. it heat it slightly in the microwave and then paint it on with a painbrush, working the leather gently in my hands. Lay it out to try, repeat a second time. Then assemble and use the bridle for 2 weeks and repeat. Usually by that third painting sessions, we're pretty much good to go. After that, I only use oil/conditioner monthly when I take apart the bridle for a deep cleaning.
          ~Veronica
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          • #6
            Pass it along to someone else who knows what they're doing! (At least, that's what I do)

            In all seriousness, I wouldn't stress about it too much - oil like you would any other tack. I prefer to do several light coats, but everyone has their own methods. There's not really a "right" and a "wrong" way.

            I hate oiling new tack, so I really do give it to a friend to do for me. She uses Blue Ribbon Oil (which you can't get anymore - all the more reason to have her do it!), and my Edgewood items have turned out lovely.
            If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
            Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

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            • #7
              [quote=pattnic;5927539.

              I hate oiling new tack, so I really do give it to a friend to do for me. She uses Blue Ribbon Oil (which you can't get anymore - all the more reason to have her do it!), and my Edgewood items have turned out lovely.[/quote]

              You can still get Blue Ribbon, sort of. When they stopped making it, Paddock Saddlery sent some to Walsh and asked them to copy the formula, now you can buy it from Walsh. I love it, its my favorite and did a great job on my Edgewood. I disagree about soaking any leather though, thin, light coats are best. Over oiling is bad for the leather, makes it weaker and more prone to stretching, which is already an issue sometimes with Edgewood.

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                Originally posted by BAC View Post
                You can still get Blue Ribbon, sort of. When they stopped making it, Paddock Saddlery sent some to Walsh and asked them to copy the formula, now you can buy it from Walsh. I love it, its my favorite and did a great job on my Edgewood.
                Hmmm... this I did not realize. Just hadn't put the pieces together.

                Originally posted by BAC View Post
                I disagree about soaking any leather though, thin, light coats are best. Over oiling is bad for the leather, makes it weaker and more prone to stretching, which is already an issue sometimes with Edgewood.
                Now see, this is something with which I agree; I also am against soaking leather, and much prefer thin, light coats - and as few as necessary. But I had the feeling that if I went off about how one should never soak leather, it weakens it, etc, someone would jump all over me with a "I've been doing it this way for 40 years" comment... and I really just didn't want to deal!
                Last edited by pattnic; Nov. 1, 2011, 09:49 AM. Reason: Punctuation Correction
                If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous

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                  #9
                  My understand, based on the edgewood website, was that the tack should be dipped, not soaked...I assumed a "dip" was just a few seconds in and then back out??...I could be wrong though..hence why I decided to ask here. I've known people who have soaked cheap junk leather for 3 days in a bucket of oil...but I could never do that...too paranoid!!

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                  • #10
                    Whenever I get any new Edgewood tack I oil it and then lay it out in the sun to get a tan. That seems to work quite well.
                    Stoneybrook Farm Afton TN

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