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Well, my new saddle came today(just bought it on Sunday over Ebay-I wasn't expecting it ...
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    Extra Virgin Olive Oil to oil a saddle?

    Well, my new saddle came today(just bought it on Sunday over Ebay-I wasn't expecting it to get here THAT fast). I've heard that it's alright to oil your saddle with E.V. olive oil?
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    I posted something of this nature in another thread, I cannot remember wich one. Yes you can use olive oil but use it sparingly. If you use to much and go for a ride in the sun it can "fry" and begin to stink. I learned the hard way it was a funky kind of stink. The same thing happens with Vegtable oils. I recommend using a bit of Lexol conditioner for new saddles. Its light and it readily absorbs in most leathers. Most new saddles of quality will not need much of anything for a little while, however I still recommend using a light conditioner none the less.

    If you choose to use olive oil just remember to put it on LIGHTLY.
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    Yes, olive oil works to soften and darken the leather, however, like the previous poster stated, use it SPARINGLY. Over time it will destroy the stitching on your leather!! And, if used enough, will cause your leather to stretch and wear unnaturally because it wears down the fibers of the leather (which is why it is so good at making your leather soft and flexible).

    While it would work in a pinch, I would recomend something different. If your saddle is made of european leather I would highly recommend the use of Effax products. They are specially designed to work with the tanning processes used by european saddle makers.

    On that same note, I would not use Lexol or Leather New on european leather. Both of those products are made for western tack which utilizes a different tanning process. If you use Lexol or Leather New excessively on european leather it can destroy the finish and cause discoloration.
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    I would use an oil specifically made for saddles...

    Olive oil can go rancid...eewe! That's what happened to Native Winds.
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    On that same note, I would not use Lexol or Leather New on european leather. Both of those products are made for western tack which utilizes a different tanning process. If you use Lexol or Leather New excessively on european leather it can destroy the finish and cause discoloration.
    I have used Lexol products on european leathers. Its not directed toward just western saddles. I had a Stubben saddle that I loved and had it for several years (bought used) and used only but Lexol products. Since I am anal about the care of my saddlery my leathers always looked clean and well cared for. I had no discolouration, or anything of that nature. I stopped riding huntseat (boring story behind it) and sold it for the same price I bought it used. Man I loved that Saddle, Memories making me weepy. *sigh*

    Since I have gotten into leather repair and detailing saddles (both western, english *european and not*, c.r.a.p.p.y. India made leather, ancient to newish.) I have found that there are other excellant conditioners, cleaners and restorers and I use them accordingly to the type of leather I am working with at that moment. Some of the new stuff is good and some of it is well ...lets just say less than par. I have used Lexol Conditioner (because it is light) on new saddles with no problem at all. (Now on light or golden saddles I might not want to use the conditioner but the Lexol NON DARKENING neastfoot oil.) I have used it with very good results on light saddlery. Bickmore Bick 4 is also good and light and does fair with lighter colours. Man I am missing that darn Stubben to much. Sorry back on track here.

    If you want a deep conditioning balsam Leather New makes a good one and Passier Lederbalsam is good and I have used the Aussie balsam but didnt see it to be any better than the above balsams. Balsams are different than your conditioners (liquid) and are deep penetrating and etc. Most new saddles do not need this type of application but a light cond.

    For info only...Neatsfoot oil can go rancid also if it smells bad, looks bad and well just over all funky DO NOT use it. I have a story behind that one.
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    I find that German leather is the best leather. I love working with German leather. Of course I like working with any GOOD leather regardless.

    Man I wish I could post some of my before and after pics of detailings I have done. I had one saddle that had floresent gree paint on it. I managed to get it off, the fleece and all.
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    I chickened out lol. My mom was verrry skeptical about using a cooking product on the saddle that she just bought for me. Luckily I found some glycerine and some Passier leather creme tucked away in my garage.

    Hm, I've got lexol at the barn that my friend has used on her ariat tall boots(I think they're Italian leather)-my saddle is French leather-and I'm paranoid enough as it is. I don't like to oil things up too often-I just use alot of creme and once in a while some glycerine.

    I'd imagine that a funky odor wouldn't go over well in the show ring or with the other boarders that I ride with
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    I keep reading different threads about using Olive Oil on leather. BAD idea. First of all if you have ever seen a little oil that has been left on a counter, it attracts dust. Secondly, it gets rancid. Lastly, as I've been told by saddle makers, that as a vegetable based product, it is prone to be attractive to rodents.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah I know some use it but even sparingly, it is not a good idea. Besides it is so expensive when compared to proper leather conditioners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavenlyJumper View Post
    I would use an oil specifically made for saddles...

    Olive oil can go rancid...eewe! That's what happened to Native Winds.

    That is what I was thinking too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavenlyJumper View Post
    I would use an oil specifically made for saddles...

    Olive oil can go rancid...eewe! That's what happened to Native Winds.

    I read that as "an oil specifically made for SALADS."

    Please don't use olive oil on your saddles, or your other tack, for that matter. I recently read this description:

    With modern leather, if the leather is of decent quality, a small amount of conditioner (the Effax will work fine) rubbed on and left overnight will be more than sufficient to start the break in.. If the leather is "new-old stock" and is very stiff and dry, a tiny bit of neatsfoot oil wiped over the flesh side of the leather is permissible , but you *NEVER* want to saturate leather with oil as this permanently damages the leather (too much oil swells the fibres and permanently loosens/weakens the structure of the leather).

    The soft, supple feeling you get from high quality, wll broken-in leather is very different from the heavy feeling, limp, lifeless "soft" that you get when leather is over oiled..
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