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Totally odd question but I'm sporting a light oil set up right now. So far, ...
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    Bleaching leather...?

    Totally odd question but I'm sporting a light oil set up right now. So far, my breastcollar and saddle are matching [light oil, floral]. A member on here has a medium oil floral headstall that I'm close to buying. I was wondering if it was possible to potentially bleach leather? Weather I can or not isn't going to break the deal of me buying the medium oil headstall but I was just curious. Does anyone have experience in doing this if it is actually possible?

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    I don think it would work in the first place, but what I'm almost positive it would is is take the life out of the leather and possibly destroy it's condition and useability.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crayon View Post
    I don think it would work in the first place, but what I'm almost positive it would is is take the life out of the leather and possibly destroy it's condition and useability.
    Very true. I wasn't sure if bleach would damage it but it makes sense. At the very least, would probably suck all the natural oil out of the leather piece and leave it really stiff.
    Apart from bleach, there's no real way to "reverse" or dye leather from a medium oil to a natural / light oil?
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    No. Decades of time with no oil may fade it out, but I suspect you don't want to wait that long. Either live with it as-is or go buy a brand new light oil one to match. I think at least 7/8 of the reason that manufacturers switched to light oil is simply the fact that it does not stay light and you must replace your tack periodically. With dark oil, it was easy to color match one brand with another. Dark oil tack was so much easier to actually use and maintain. People trained in the same saddle that they showed in, and those saddles were built to last decades. Light oil cant really be used for much without it darkening naturally from the use.

    The stupidest thing western show riders ever did was allow the judges to downgrade or disregard riders using dark tack. That yellow of light oil tack is very distracting against many horses, too. Dark oil is almost a neutral. It doesn't clash with much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tack Collector View Post

    The stupidest thing western show riders ever did was allow the judges to downgrade or disregard riders using dark tack. That yellow of light oil tack is very distracting against many horses, too. Dark oil is almost a neutral. It doesn't clash with much.

    Completely 100% agree with you I think that as long as the tack matches and look great with your horses color then it shouldn't matter! I personally love dark brown or black tack

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    Quote Originally Posted by emali06 View Post
    Completely 100% agree with you I think that as long as the tack matches and look great with your horses color then it shouldn't matter! I personally love dark brown or black tack
    I was just thinking the same thing. I'm not a fan of black tack at all, but I do think riders should be allowed to match their tack to their horse instead of having a light/medium-ish oil saddle that is completely distracting and clashy.
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