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General Saddle Education

ROUGH OUT LEATHER CARE

By November 14, 2021November 21st, 2021No Comments
Rough Out Leather Care

Caring For Rough Out Leather is different – Here’s Why…

Rough Out Leather Care

What is Rough Out Leather?

Rough Out Leather is essentially just like any other saddle leather, only the underside has been used as the outside. It is often referred to or known as full-grain suede, reverse, flesh out, or rough out.

Why do people choose Rough Out Leather?

Rough Out leather is a popular choice for western saddles. They can be all, or part rough out, and are generally found in areas that require the most ‘stick’. Seats, Seat Jockey, and Fenders.’

Do I clean Rough Out Leather differently from Normal Leather?

YES. However, Rough Out Leather is still just like any other leather and requires cleaning, oiling, and conditioning. HOW you go about this process does vary, however.

Here’s how to clean and care for your Rough Out Leather.

  1. As Rough Out Leather is porous and quite different from the grain side of the leather (smooth side), applying products may darken the color (Fact: UV rays also do this over time). Be sure to only oil the ‘underside’ or smooth side of the leather if you want to delay this from occurring
  2. If you do use a Neatsfoot oil on the ‘rough side’, be sure your saddle has fully dried and all the oil has been absorbed before ‘brushing’ the leather – we shall explain this process next
  3. Use a strong nylon brush, remove dust and dirt. We have even had our saddles makers advise wire brushes are suitable for this cleaning process. By using a brush vigorously you will restore the ‘fuzzy’ look of the Rough Out Leather – as anyone with an aged rough out saddle will be aware, the nap can flatten and appear ‘shiny’

Love the look of rough out?

You can choose these on ANY of our saddle models (conditions and fees may apply).

Popular Saddle Models for Rough Out

  • LETITIA WADE

    If you love Ranch Versatility, Working Equitation, general Ranch Work or just enjoy riding a handsome lighter western saddle, the LETITIA WADE will fit your lifestyle. Built around our equine approved SMARTFLX foundation, this design has a...
    $4,650.00 Add to cart
  • PAT’S RANCH ROPER

    For roping and ranching, a saddle needs to be comfortable, functional and take care of horses hard at work for long hours. Pat Parelli designed this RANCH ROPER with these needs in mind with an eye for beauty.
    You'll find Pat...
    $5,400.00 Add to cart
  • RANCH ROPER

    The RANCH ROPER is a "buckaroo style" saddle built for rugged work with a classic cowboy look. Its broad, flat roping horn, heavy-duty fork, buck rolls and deep seat are designed for maximum comfort during long hours in the saddle handling...
    $4,850.00 Add to cart
  • RANCH VERSATILITY

    Our RANCH VERSATILITY is a sturdy, secure, hard-working, cool-looking tool for a variety of out on-the-range ranch chores or livestock work. It has a deep seat and a fork without buck rolls. Southwest style roping horn is tall enough to use...
    $4,750.00 Add to cart
  • AUSTRALIAN HALFBREED SPORT

    The AUSTRALIAN HALFBREED SPORT is a terrific little trail and sports saddle! Designed as a modern adaptation of a popular Downunder profile, it delivers great security despite its minimal body size. Incorporating our SMARTFLX foundation with...
    $3,250.00 Add to cart
  • CARRY ME HORNLESS

    The HORNLESS CARRY ME: Favorite of our light-weight saddles for those who prefer no horn. Same "lot of saddle" substance, easy to toss on your horse's back and handsome. Fortified with everything to keep your horse supported and comfy while carrying...
    $2,675.00 Add to cart
  • DEEP SEAT LIGHT

    The DEEP SEAT LIGHT is the sibling to our DURANGO DEEP SEAT all leather saddle but weighs less due to utilization of waxwear fabric components in fenders and skirts. Both saddles offer hip huggin', support for achieving higher,...
    $2,950.00 Add to cart
  • DURANGO DEEP SEAT

    The DURANGO DEEP SEAT was conceived after customers requested a hip huggin', deep seated saddle to support their dreams of achieving higher, faster, boundary-pushing pursuits. A secure saddle cradling your balance point for sharp turns,...
    $3,650.00 Add to cart
  • EASY RIDER

    The EASY RIDER is a great trail saddle with a sporty modern profile. Holds rider balanced securely via a nice, deep padded seat pocket. Rear rigging hangs from crescent shaped slot in the single layer skirts. It's a handsome, versatile, less...
    $2,975.00 Add to cart
  • HYBRID CRUISER

    The HYBRID CRUISER is a great "english style" saddle based on the western SMARTFLX™ tree, excellent for trail rides and long hours in the saddle! Thousands of people and horses tell us they like the feel and they can go forever...
    $4,950.00 Add to cart
  • LETITIA WADE

    If you love Ranch Versatility, Working Equitation, general Ranch Work or just enjoy riding a handsome lighter western saddle, the LETITIA WADE will fit your lifestyle. Built around our equine approved SMARTFLX foundation, this design has a...
    $4,650.00 Add to cart
  • NATURAL PERFORMER

    The NATURAL PERFORMER - The great all-rounder! Perfect for any student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship… This western saddle offers versatility and comfort along with rider safety. Features of paramount importance to Pat Parelli when...
    $3,950.00 Add to cart
  • RANCH VERSATILITY

    Our RANCH VERSATILITY is a sturdy, secure, hard-working, cool-looking tool for a variety of out on-the-range ranch chores or livestock work. It has a deep seat and a fork without buck rolls. Southwest style roping horn is tall enough to use...
    $4,750.00 Add to cart
  • REINER

    The REINER is a "two thumbs up" sport-specific saddle built to put the rider in a close-contact seat accommodating highly athletic performance patterns, spins and slide stops. Its skirts are styled and feature cutouts up under fenders,...
    $4,650.00 Add to cart
  • VIRTUAL SADDLE FIT with Letitia Glenn

    No one is more familiar with the use, set up and benefits of our revolutionary saddle system and how to make certain you're confident to get full quality when using it. This system offers your horse the best possible chance to feel...
    $200.00 Add to cart
  • WESTERN DRESSAGE

    Our WESTERN DRESSAGE is the perfect choice for anyone wishing to pursue training or competition in Dressage-oriented Western sports: Cowboy Dressage or Western Dressage. This saddle offers easy access to vertical posture alignment, and is...
    $4,350.00 Add to cart