Obenauf's all natural ingredients make it an ideal product to soften and extend the life of horse tack. Having trained and competed on Arabians and Quarter Horses in endurance races in the mountains of Idaho, we know the importance of horse and leather care in extreme conditions.
Care of Horse Leather - Horse leather has two main issues unique to riding. The first is that saddles and tack are out in the hot sun and cold rainy mountain rides. This will dry out leather faster than almost anything. Obenauf's Leather Oil should be used on the exterior surfaces that get a beating from mother-nature. We recommend a two coat start to get the leather softer and water repellent. Then after every ride and before storing, a once over coat to keep the leather in top condition will keep your tack looking new.
The second unique issue is horse sweat. This is hard on leather because of the salt content of sweat. Obenauf's LP should be used on all surfaces that are in contact with the horse. Endurance training and racing proved the point that a sweaty horse will curl the most beautiful leather and there is very little you can do to reverse the damage, once it is done. By creating a waterproof (sweatproof) barrier on the underside of bridles, breaststraps, saddle skirts, fenders and harnesses, you will extend the life of leather for decades and keep it looking new.
Care of your Horse - Many people do not realize the harmful effects of dry leather on their horse. Chafing and rubbing from unprotected, dryed out leather can create raw spots on your horse. It is extremely important to treat leather with Obenauf's LP to allow the oils to release into the underside of leather over the course of a trail ride or arena event. New tack or dryed out tack should be completely pliable before being put on a horse. Even if a saddle blanket is used it can be sprayed with Watershield and protected during the trip. Leather has a rough underside that is not treated, which will soften against the horses hide if treated with LP.
Do your horse a favor and make sure all leather that comes into contact with its skin is soft and pliable. Pack saddles are notorious for shifting on mountain trails and leather lanyards should be totally soft against the side of the pack animal. We have seen many pack animals with rubbed sores that fester in camp only to reopen the wound with a similar pack the next day.
The rule of thumb is keep tack free from dirt, grime and sweat with Obenauf's Leather Cleaner then use Obenauf's Oil on the exterior surface and Obenauf's LP on the rough underside and anywhere leather meets horseflesh. New leather should be softened before riding. We have also found Obenauf's to be an excellent treatment for horse hooves, since they will dry out and crack over time if not treated.