Myth Buster: Do freeze damage saddlery?
Posted 15 January 2008 - 09:53 AM
a friend as me that question, it look like is is a popular idea that leaving your saddle out in a barn non-heated could damage the leather, that it will crack leather.
I believe that is a myth and not true, but what is your opinon? here, it freeze -30degree celcius very cold.
I think the only thing that will crack (let say not too old) leather is negligence and folding a piece of dry leather (or new un-broken-in leather) or cheap leather.
Posted 15 January 2008 - 10:43 AM
Posted 15 January 2008 - 10:53 AM
Do you really believe that's bad? We need to keep the saddlery in over freezing point piece?
Posted 15 January 2008 - 11:37 AM
Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:07 AM
I still think thats not true. I think heat is worst than freeze (unless leather is water logged maybe)
I'll keep freeze and defreeze a little piece of leather in my frozer ;-)
I'll let you know if i notice a change on the leather
Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:23 AM
Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:42 AM
Posted 17 January 2008 - 11:53 AM
Posted 17 January 2008 - 12:53 PM
Posted 19 January 2008 - 02:49 PM
Now let's get practical. Horse gear will be used outside in below freezing temperatures, as it has been for hundreds of years. If the leather wouldn't stand up to it, it would be made with something else by now. And which is harder on the saddle – going from 70 F to 0 F then back to 70 F, or staying at a more constant temperature, even if it is below freezing? When you bring something inside from very cold temperatures the first thing that happens is that you get all kind of condensation on it from the temperature change. (Fogged up glasses for example.) You are better off leaving a cold saddle in the cold tack room. We have experienced 50 below with no ill effect to our saddles at all.
For people not used to living with cold temperatures for a long period of time, I can see this being a question to be answered. For those of us who do, it's almost a no-brainer. "Of course not!" On the other hand, that old thread on dealing with mold on saddles was an eye-opener for us. Not a problem when you live where there is basically no moisture in the air. Different experiences, different knowledge. That is why this place is so great. You get to learn a lot without having to learn it the hard way!
Edited by Rod and Denise Nikkel, 19 January 2008 - 02:50 PM.
Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:10 PM
Now, of course once a year (at LEAST) I get it out, dismantle it, clean and oil it thoroughly. But I know for a fact that did not happen to it for some time before I got it, because I knew one of the former owners and they just threw it on the ground in the dirt and never took care of it. The first time I "met" that saddle it was to replace some sheepskin that was in such bad shape you could hardly tell it was sheepskin. I also did some other work on it, and finally offered to buy it. It worked out great... the seat is an 11 1/2" and he did not have an 11 1/2" butt so he was happy to sell it to me even though it was a cool saddle. (It's a McClellan.) I've had the same experience with other really old "worn-out" tack that I have revitalized by simply taking care of it. What a concept.
Most of my friends take pretty good care of their tack. Not one of them has a climate-controlled tack room although there is no denying that would be SO cool... or if you had the room, to keep it in the house. That said, if I am going to be driving, I bring my harness in the house for at least overnight. What a difference in harnessing! It goes much easier. Keeping it in the house would be ideal, but I for one just don't have the room (or else I have too much tack, guess what Mr. HorsehairBraider thinks is the case? :D) So all I can say is, clean and oil your tack regularly!
Posted 19 January 2008 - 04:10 PM
Posted 19 January 2008 - 05:38 PM
How many of you warm your car up before you drive it? Does the cold oil make it easier to start or harder? I now have a heated garage too and I will tell you I am haveing a lot less vehicle trouble. Isn't there oil in the leather? If the oil doesn't perform a function why do we oil it? How can it perform that function in freezing temperatures? Granted the horse will warm everything up and even get it wet. If your saddle blanket gets all sweaty do you just let it freeze until next time you use it?
currently at a wind chill of 35 below
Posted 19 January 2008 - 07:24 PM
Posted 19 January 2008 - 10:03 PM
Around here we don't break horses we fix them.
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