|The saddle appears dull and dry.|
|Dirty water after washing the saddle - Ewww!|
Once it's dry from cleaning, I start oiling the leather. I use olive oil, since that is what Synergist recommends. Plant-based products are apparently healthier for the leather than petroleum-based products (plus better for the environment!).
|Really, it doesn't need to be organic olive oil - this is just the bottle that I have that is only for saddles - don't like to mix the kitchen with the tack room (too often).|
I lost track of how many coats of oil I put on, but suffice it to say it was at least 3 days worth of multiple applications per day. The leather soaks up the oil almost instantly. I continue adding oil until it doesn't soak any more up (or until I'm tired of the whole process and just want to ride!).
|Shiny, happy saddle once again!|