Last week a girl at the barn asked me how to remove water stains from her saddle. After some search on my sources this is what I've found. I still haven't tested any of these: try on small hidden portions of leather, let dry and check the result before applying on the whole surface.
1 - more Water!
Wet evenly the whole surface, let it dry away from sun or other heat sources, then recondition with glycerine soap.
2 - Alchool / Acetone
Friction the stain, let it dry and recondition.
3 - Oxalic acid
A product used for polishing marble, in wood treatment and beekeeping. Be careful, it's pretty toxic... but it's known to work well for this purpose. Dissolve 1-2 table spoon in 1 liter of water, wet evenly the saddle and let it dry. It will slightly lighten leather color but will not damage it.
Or halter-bridle, or haldle, or brilter... or my way to celebrate my return home from holidays, entirely made last week when environmental temp never went below 33 °C in my workshop... Made for a cob-full sized horse but here's with Ginseng a, a nice cob with thin light head. Black leather, stainless steel fittings, padded noseband and browband.
I had to find a compromise between toughness and lightness for both uses, as a halter and as a bridle: reins, cheeks, bit billets and noseband are 3/4" wide, throatlatch and browband are 5/8".
Both reins and bit billets have scissors snaps. I haven't shot pics of the reins, but are made in leather with rubber hand grips, with the center buckle matching with the bridle ones.
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