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
Posted 2017-04-20 6:33 AM (#7340823 - in reply to #7340779) Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall
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
Posted 2017-04-20 1:15 PM (#7340947 - in reply to #7340779) Subject: RE: Cleaning & softening leather headstall
Location: Where you need a paddle... Oregon!
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.