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Cleaning & softening leather headstall
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janjan1
Reg. Jul 2006
Posted 2017-04-19 8:28 PM (#7340779)
Subject: Cleaning & softening leather headstall


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I was cleaning up my tack room and happened upon a bridle that was sorta pushed out of sight. Nice thick leather too. The leather is dry and desperately needs some TLC. I tried washing the leather with warm water really well, then applied leather soap/cleaner and hung up to dry over night. Today when I looked it over it looked better but was very dry and hard. Other than saddle soap is there anything special I can do to save this bridle and soften it up. TIA
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hannahbug
Reg. Mar 2017
Posted 2017-04-19 8:32 PM (#7340780 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall


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I like neatsfoot oil for new or neglected leather, and lederbalsm for regular "needs moisture". Neatsfoot will darken leather.
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firewaterfuelsme
Reg. Feb 2013
Posted 2017-04-19 8:41 PM (#7340782 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall


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Leather CPR
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sandygirl1
Reg. Mar 2007
Posted 2017-04-19 9:50 PM (#7340802 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall


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Extra virgin olive oil. Cheap and works great! A saddle maker told me about it and now it's all I use.
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total performance
Reg. Nov 2007
Posted 2017-04-19 9:58 PM (#7340805 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall



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I use Peanut Oil on my leather bridles and halters.  
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Ashley Lynn
Reg. Jun 2005
Posted 2017-04-19 10:32 PM (#7340809 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall



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I oil all my saddles and tack 3-5 times a year with extra virgin olive oil. Super easy- just dust it off and paint it on with a brush or paint sponge. Dry leather will DRINK IT!
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lilac lane farm
Reg. Oct 2011
Posted 2017-04-20 6:33 AM (#7340823 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall



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Scrub it with some warm water and glycerin saddle soap. Let it dry then apply Hydrophane leather conditioner, keep applying it until it won't soak any more up. I have tack that is literally going on 30 years old that it is used all the time and this keeps it nice as new
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CanCan
Reg. May 2004
Posted 2017-04-20 7:47 AM (#7340833 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall


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 Buy a gallon of cheap veggie oil. Put the headestall in a plastic container with a lid. Cover with oil. Let it sit for a couple of days. 
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3canstorun
Reg. May 2007
Posted 2017-04-20 7:56 AM (#7340835 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall



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Since you have already cleaned it, I would soak it in a container with Caldwells Miracle Juice.  JMO 
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cecollins0811
Reg. Aug 2013
Posted 2017-04-20 11:39 AM (#7340906 - in reply to #7340809)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall



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Ashley Lynn - 2017-04-19 9:32 PM

I oil all my saddles and tack 3-5 times a year with extra virgin olive oil. Super easy- just dust it off and paint it on with a brush or paint sponge. Dry leather will DRINK IT!

Never thought of using a brush, good idea!
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AllAroundRider
Reg. Sep 2009
Posted 2017-04-20 1:07 PM (#7340944 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall



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I use this, several light coats with dry time between. Aussie or Bick4 are good too
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Lady
Reg. Jun 2009
Posted 2017-04-20 1:15 PM (#7340947 - in reply to #7340779)
Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall



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I've used neatsfoot oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. I like to put it in a plastic or metal container and cover it with oil and leave it a day or two. If it's winter I especially like to put it in the house in front of the wood stove.
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