Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Oiling my saddle and bridle

It has been at least a couple of months since I rode my horse, and three times as long since I last oiled my saddle and bridle. I was thinking about riding last week, and realized that I desperately needed to oil everything before I used it again.

So I had Panama's saddle sitting end-up in the kitchen all weekend. Tonight I finally decided to make some time and get the job done. I did my usual job of putting two kitchen chairs back-to-back and balancing my saddle over the backs of them. This time, however, I removed my stirrup leathers and took my bridle completely apart. (I was so lazy last time!!) Those I hung on the coat hooks in the mud room.

Just like last time, my saddle didn't need very much oil. In fact, the first coat never really soaked in, so after a while I just buffed it off again. I don't know if it's because the leather on my saddle is exceptionally cheap, or because the previous owner put some type of sealant on it, but it always looks great and never seems to want to soak in the oil.

My stirrup leathers were a little stiff, probably because I didn't do a very good job of oiling them last time, and they were looking pretty beat up where the stirrup goes. I must have put a dozen coats of oil on them, and they were still soaking it in. I finally decided enough was enough, polished them up, and put them back on the saddle.

My bridle is pretty much a lost cause, so I put half a dozen coats of oil on it and called it quits. It is still pretty supple from the last time I oiled it, but I had cared for it so little before that it's got tons of little surface cracks in the leather, particularly in the reins. But I'm planning on getting a new trail bridle soon, so I'm not as worried about it anymore. I'll probably just keep it as a backup.

It's a relief to be able to cross this time-consuming task off my to-do list. Now, if only I can get a ride in sometime soon!



At May 23, 2009 at 8:41 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

Good job! I need to clean my tack also, one bridle and two saddles.
Hope you get to ride soon, nothing beats a good ride!

At May 25, 2009 at 12:47 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I hope so too! Thanks, Jane!


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