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Obenauf's natural ingredients condition and preserve tack. Consider the following three main issues involved with leather tack.

  1. Saddles and tack are constantly subjected to dust, sun, dehydration, and rain, causing loss of the natural oils and leading to premature cracking and dry rot. Obenauf's Leather Oil provides beeswax & resin to maintain the surface, while a blend of natural oils penetrates to condition the inner fibers. Apply with a clean cloth. Two applications may be necessary to restore, protect, and waterproof neglected or dried out leather. After every ride, or before storing away, apply an overcoat to prevent dehydration and hardening to maintain the leather in the utmost condition. Always remove excess oil with a clean cloth after application.
  2. The second issue is horse sweat. Body acids (also from the rider), salt and dehydration cause dry rot and premature cracking. Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP, with its time-release formula and chemical resistance properties, must be applied to all leather surfaces that contact the horse. This provides the necessary chemical and waterproof (sweat proof) barrier on the underside of bridles, breast straps, saddle skirts, fenders and harnesses required to extend the service life of your leather.
  3. Last, but not least, chafing (rubbing). Dry, hard, new, stiff leather has harmful effects on horses. Chafing causes sore areas and open wounds. Pack saddles are notorious for shifting on mountain trails. New tack or dried out tack should be treated with Obenauf's to make it pliable & comfortable before putting it on a horse.

Saddle blankets should be sprayed with at least two applications of Water Shield for protection but may need up to four applications.