Bates Leather Balsam
Proper care is crucial to maximizing the performance of your Bates saddle. It is a natural product and its life is reliant on maintaining a certain level of moisture. Cleaning of your Bates (or other) saddle should always be followed with a rich, wax-based dressing, such as Bates Leather Balsam. *We do not recommend the use of oil on a Bates saddle. In doubled leather, the oil can damage the bonding agent that holds the two thicknesses of leather, and eventually cause the leather layers to separate.*
Prior to riding in your new saddle, it is recommended that you liberally dress your saddle with Bates Leather Balsam, allowing it to soak in overnight. The overnight process ensures maximum penetration into the leather, helping to seal in the moisture and protect your saddle.
Apply leather balsam heavily in high wear areas, such as the top of the saddle flap where the stirrup leathers will rub. You may apply your dressing to all areas of your saddle that are not suede, including the padded inserts and girth straps.
Treated in this manner, you will achieve the traditional, rich patina of aged worked leather and can expect years of excellent service from your saddle.
Bates leather balsam comes in a 90g tub.