Care of your new leather items

Every item of new, hand made, English leather produced by Oakside Saddlery will need treating before first use. A liberal coating of vegetable oil applied to both the grain and flesh sides will soften the leather and prepare it for use. This oil can be applied by a brush with the items lying on old newspaper. Leave it overnight and then apply more until it is no longer absorbed. Leave it to drain and then remove any excess. Please note that this may leave a mark on your pets coat and /or your clothes if the excess has not been completely removed from the leather.

To keep your hand made items looking their best simply clean regularly either with warm water or one of the proprietary leather cleaning sprays readily available and then condition with saddle soap or the like. I like to use Renapur for general cleaning and conditionaning.

If the leather is going hard then try oiling again as above.

Leather Repairs

It is obviously more economical to care for and repair leather items than it is to allow them to become totally beyond repair and to buy completely new again. It will always pay to attend to defective and broken parts before they break, especially when your life could depend on the strength of those same straps and buckles.

At Oakside Saddlery I can repair most leather items or make you a new part to replace the damaged one, whilst keeping the same style and manner of stitching. I can also make alterations to your existing items, or make you a single part to suit your original items.

I can repair and replace many leather items including;

  • Horse bridles and saddlery equipment,
  • Leather dog collars and leads,
  • Replace dog lead trigger hooks and buckles,
  • Replace the leather on your favourite belt buckle,
  • Fit new camera fittings on your camera strap,
  • And many more leather repairs and alterations.

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Common Repairs

The most common repairs that I receive are;

-Replace Damaged and broken trigger hooks on a dog lead

-Restitch  buckle returns.

-Replace broken billets.

-Shorten bridle cheek pieces.

-Replace damaged buckles.

-Restitching worn stiching.

-Replace the elastic on a girth.

-Replacing saddle girth straps.

-Replacing damaged loops.

-Shorten straps.

-Add more holes to a strap.

-Restitch noseband cheeks/shorten headpiece.

Leather Bag Repair

This was a nicely made bag that had been let down by cheap and weak buckles. I have replaced the buckles with heavy, solid brass, swage buckles.

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Boot repair

A small strap had become unstitched from this boot. A simple repair to tidy up what remained and to restitch the strap back in place.

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Heavy Horse Rein Repair

This was an urgent repair as the reins needed to be used again the following morning for filming with a pair of Shire Horses. A small piece of leather has been inserted to strengthen the repair.

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Headcollar repair

A small loop of leather had broken leaving the backstay free. A new end was made and a pin put in to replace the leather loop.

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Addition of a flash strap to an old Patent noseband

This is one of my old patent leather noseband that the customer now needed a flash strap added. The stitching is cut and a loop was inserted for the flash strap. The noseband was then restitched using the same stitch holes.

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Saddle Repair

The saddle flap has been rubbed by the reins and worn through the leather showing the lining. The leather was stitched and the edge rolled, polished and buffed for a nice repair.

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Oakside Saddlery,



United Kingdom