How about shoe shine on a saddle?
Topic: How about shoe shine on a saddle?
June 20, 2019 / By Dinah Question:
Hi guys ...
I've already asked about the little restoration project I've got going on with an old moldy saddle I found lying around. Now the owner gave it to me, so my reins are somewhat freer.
The dye has come out in a lot of places and it's brown. I've used shoe shine to make it black again; in place of the "leather dye" I've heard I should problaby consider using.
Was this bad?
If so, how should I get it off, and where should I get what to replace it? Without the black it looks pretty badly brown... Over the shoe shine I've polished with several layers of Effect Balm, which is a mixture of wax, lanolin, "natural oils" and coconut. I got it at the local shoe maker's and they recommended it for any kind of leather; shoes, bridles, saddles, sofas ++.
I'm worried about the shoe shine coming off on my riding pants. Don't want that happening!
As you can see the saddle has D-rings that are horribly rusty. Any tips for removing the rust?
Oops =) I knew I shouldn't have ...
I think I may want to go for the "old riding pants" strategy. We'll see.
Sorry about the picture not working, it's not that important but here's the link again.
I was wondering about for instance, using sand paper on the rust?
And a closeup (this one SHOULD work):
I just started rubbing some of that rust with aluminium foil.
I wasn't expecting that effect !!!
The funny question arises, "what am I doing?" I'm hardly rubbing the rust off, am I? Rather rubbing aluminium onto it? In any case, THANKS to the people who recommended that. You've totally solved that problem !!
Best Answers: How about shoe shine on a saddle?
Carina | 1 day ago
Use leather cleaner, lots of rubbing and then start again. It will work out. I like the wear old pants when riding strategy. It may make it a little easier and less elbow grease.
For the rust, use aluminum foil. Make sure it is dry (saddle and foil). At first it will get black (and your hands), but then it will be gray and what isn't damaged and pitted out by the rust will shine up like new. Swap out foil as needed (you will know when to). Once you get it as good as it is going to get, you can take a slightly damp cloth to it to wipe off anything extra. Brasso will help shine up the rest if you want to do something easy for results. Take a clean, dry cloth and get a "little" bit of Brasso on it. It will be a cream color to start out with - have ventilation. Rub it in small circles to get the best effect. At first it will turn black as you rub it - keep going. It will rub right off as you go and leave a great shine. It is used on all shinning stuff in the military and on my tack. Repeat as desired for more shine. I was able to make my stirrup irons into great mirrors!
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Originally Answered: saddle pads?
I have also found that alot of saddle pads are a bit too long. This shouldn't be a problem, unless you find the end digging into the top of their hip bone. And I have had that happen. Yes, I know a pad isn't hard, but if it constantly rubs on their hip with every step the horse takes, it can become quite uncomfortable. Too much length in the neck isn't a problem, unless it pushes and rubs on the top of their neck.
So I guess you need to put it on your horse and stand back and have a really good look. Better yet, lunge her with the pad and saddle and note if it appears that her neck or hip are being rubbed by the extra length. If you pad is shaped you'll probably be okay. If it is square you might very well have problems. The extra length will possibly rub and push as the flat backed portion is pushed down.
You might find a shorter barrel racing pad effective. Or you may have to go to a softer wool blanket. Good luck, I hope it will work for you but it appears you need to do a bit of homework to decide.
Get a good quality leather soap from your tack shop, a towelling cloth that has a slight abbrasiveness that will not scratch the saddle but will help lift the shoe polish. Use lots of elbow grease and get the saddle back to it's original colour before you used the shoe polish.
Take it to a saddle maker or leather shoe maker and ask them to dye the leather. I would go with a dark brown as apposed to black as brown is a more natural colour and won't require as much maintenance as black wears alot easier.
If you go to a saddle maker you can also ask them to replace the D rings and check the saddle doesn't need restuffing and ensure the girth straps are sturdy.
Alternatively get some wet metal sandpaper from a hardware store and sand down the D rings. This will remove all the rust. Polish with Bronzo or a similar metal polish.
Polish the saddle regularly with a good quality leather conditioner. This will not rot the leather and stitching like leather oil does.
Lastly I like to use a sheepskin shoe shiner to shine up the leather and rub the remaining conditioner into the leather.
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Do not use shoe polish on a saddle, or any other sort of tack- It doesn't stain the leather, it sits on there, and rubs off in a ride or two- It will get on your pants. I'd rub at it with a dry cloth, or, if you don't want to work hard, wear crummy sweat pants you want to throw away and ride in it for an hour or so.
Contact a professional- Someone who repairs tack or shoes or other leather goods for a living- and pay them to dye the saddle black again, using a leather dye. I know it can be done rather easily, and it's usually not expensive at all to get done. If you actually dye the leather rather than polishing it, you'll find that you don't get black all over your saddle pad, seat, legs, and horse when you ride.
I can't see the picture, but generally speaking there's a level of rust you can get rid of with a metal polish, and a level that you'll never be able to get rid of because it's really corrosion. Get a good metal polish and go at it, but often with older saddles there's some corrosion/flaking off of the outer metal that makes it impossible to get perfect again.
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First of all, you might want to use a good leather cleaner, not necessarily a conditioner, to remove the shoe polish...as it will get on your clothing. You can buy leather dye at any boot/shoe repair shop and dye it yourself...for the rust on the buckles, you can use white vinegar and either steel wool or aluminum foil to remove it. Sometimes CLR works just as good, but I like to start with vinegar, as it is going to harm nothing. Lastly, a good leather conditioner like Leather New will do just fine. I would still wear an older pair of riding pants the first time that I rode it if I were you.
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use steel wool or a brillo pad to get rid of the rust. the reason the color came off is because that is the finish on the saddle. the shoe polish will wear off on your pants.
you can get leather refinisher, or just get a leather stain/dye or oil that will darken that one area.
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Originally Answered: Choosing a Western Saddle Pad?
Skip the Reinsman....lacks durability. Cheap.
SMX, Impact Gel, Classic Equine and Pro Choice are good ones. I have two "air ride orthos " at present..I also like anything by Classic Equine.
A great link to saddle pad evaluations.........gets "down and dirty" with saddle pad evaluations.
The "go to"guys who really know their pads, check with any of the working cow horse people or ropers...they really put their pads thru their paces and know the great pads from the mediocre ones. Pads are expensive and any of their info on them will save you a lot of money.
If you're having problems with saddle fit, it's hard to make up for the deficiency using a saddle pad(s). Many people will try a different combination of pads and blankets and end up just as frustrated as they were initially. I won't waste my time or money doing it that way...I want the problem solved. If you saddle continually slips on this mare then I wonder if the bars are too wide for her....I'd try to get that question answered...then delve into the saddle pad problem.
The only time I use a blanket and liner is in the show pen. I use a one inch wool felt pad with blanket. Blankets by Yucca Flats are hugely popular right now.
I school in something more durable and trail ride in something more durable. Hence the ortho pads...