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new (used) saddle very slickery- need help

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  • #21
    Originally posted by anmoro View Post
    Thanks everyone for the tips! I have NEVER had this issue with a saddle. Oddly, the saddle is a 2006 yet looks fairly new. I have no idea what type of conditioner the previous owners used. Usually I clean with glycerine soap (allow to dry tacky), then apply hot oil, then follow up with Passier Lederbalsam. No such luck so far on this bad boy. If it did not fit my horse so well (not the easiest fit), I would not have kept it. It does have blocks and padded flaps THANK GOODNESS! I'm not generally a fan of blocks and padded flaps, however if this saddle did not have them, I would probably slide off at the trot. I have also used the Tad balm and left it on thick, however once it absorbed, the leather is back to super slick. I'll try oiling it with hot oil then lederbalsam. At this point, I am game for anything! M'Oconnor- I'm with you and go the old school route frequently. Murphy's oil soap to removed the coating and oil have been my old faithfuls for many years!
    Just wondering if you have had any luck with this? I picked up a used saddle on trial last night, and it fits my horse nicely but it is also SUPER slippery and stiff. It just looks like the previous owner never did a thing to the leather (including riding!). I honestly had to look down to make sure I had remembered to put my half chaps on! I wish as part of my trial I could see how the leather would feel after a coat of Effax lederbalsam!

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      #22
      Originally posted by awaywego View Post
      Just wondering if you have had any luck with this? I picked up a used saddle on trial last night, and it fits my horse nicely but it is also SUPER slippery and stiff. It just looks like the previous owner never did a thing to the leather (including riding!). I honestly had to look down to make sure I had remembered to put my half chaps on! I wish as part of my trial I could see how the leather would feel after a coat of Effax lederbalsam!
      I had luck with an experimentation of treatments! lol. I cleaned the saddle with Leather Therapy Wash since it basically strips the saddle. I picked a warm sunny day and put a portable saddle rack in the sun. From there I used a half bottle of neatsfoot oil (I only had 1/2 bottle). I literally poured the stuff the on! It was absorbing faster than you can imagine. I then used a half bottle of olive oil (found a random bottle at the barn?). That absorbed instantly as well. I will say, I did NOT use a sponge to apply it. I poured the oil in to my hands and slopped it all over! From there I used the Passier Lederbalsam (which I let the can sit out in the sun and warm up in advance). I then slopped on the Lederbalsam. I let that absorb overnight and then wiped off the excess. Obviously sitting outside the saddle collected dust and dirt so I had to clean it. I used the Tad balm at this point because it cleans and conditions. So far, so good but it needs more conditioning. I don't think the original owner ever oiled or conditioned the saddle. I've heard that County saddles are slickery but I literally would slide out this saddle and I have a fairly decent seat. Now I feel comfortable riding in it and even jumping. I wouldn't do more than an 18" crossrail because I never felt secure in the saddle. It is still a work in progress and I am truly experimenting. Hope this helps. (sorry for the poor grammar, I have a massive headache right now and cannot think straight).

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      • #23
        Originally posted by anmoro View Post
        I had luck with an experimentation of treatments! lol. I cleaned the saddle with Leather Therapy Wash since it basically strips the saddle. I picked a warm sunny day and put a portable saddle rack in the sun. From there I used a half bottle of neatsfoot oil (I only had 1/2 bottle). I literally poured the stuff the on! It was absorbing faster than you can imagine. I then used a half bottle of olive oil (found a random bottle at the barn?). That absorbed instantly as well. I will say, I did NOT use a sponge to apply it. I poured the oil in to my hands and slopped it all over! From there I used the Passier Lederbalsam (which I let the can sit out in the sun and warm up in advance). I then slopped on the Lederbalsam. I let that absorb overnight and then wiped off the excess. Obviously sitting outside the saddle collected dust and dirt so I had to clean it. I used the Tad balm at this point because it cleans and conditions. So far, so good but it needs more conditioning. I don't think the original owner ever oiled or conditioned the saddle. I've heard that County saddles are slickery but I literally would slide out this saddle and I have a fairly decent seat. Now I feel comfortable riding in it and even jumping. I wouldn't do more than an 18" crossrail because I never felt secure in the saddle. It is still a work in progress and I am truly experimenting. Hope this helps. (sorry for the poor grammar, I have a massive headache right now and cannot think straight).
        Wow, you really did a little of everything! It does make me feel like I guess it's worth a try - the saddle is a good price and neither of my other saddles fit him, so I have to do something! If all else fails, I guess I can pick up some Saddle Tite.

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