Horse Tack Review

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Original Smiling Mink
Mink Oil
Tack Room

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Manufacturer: Original Smiling Mink (View all products by Original Smiling Mink)

Model: Mink Oil (View all Mink Oil reviews)

Category: Tack Room

Purchase: Looking to try and restore a very dried out piece of leather, a sales lady at Picov's in Ajax, Ontario, Canada recommended Original Smiling Mink / Mink Oil. It comes in little 3 ounce plastic containers and sells at Picov's for around $4.00 Cdn without taxes.

Likes: The little container is a handy size. The oil goes a long way so that little container lasts for quite a while. I use the mink oil on really dry tack and it seems to help soften it up again, leaving a slight shine to it.

Dislikes: On leather that is cracked, rough-out leather or anywhere that's stitched or tooled, the mink oil can leave a white residue once it dries. I've tried applying only a very thin application of the oil (it's actually more of a creamy texture) but it can still leave a residue. It goes a decent job of softening dry tack, but the trade-off is the residue. And white residue really stands out on dark leather!

Quality: Contains mink oil, tallow, silicone and a few other things. This product is supposed to prevent salt stains, waterproof and condition leather. Smiling Mink says it can be used on plastics and vinyl, as well as leather, but I've only ever used it on leather.

Summary: An okay leather conditioner, but I'm sure there are better ones out there. I only use it for very dry leather, or schooling items (old bridles or stirrup leathers for example) where the white residue doesn't matter so much. For my good leather... saddles, show bridles, etc.. I use the Carr & Day & Martin Belvoir line.

Rating: 2

Author: Katie W

Date: 0000-00-00

Usefulness Rating: 3.29412 out of 5.
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