Is Crazy Horse Leather for You? Everything You Need to Know

by Galen Leather April 28, 2021 6 Comments

What is Crazy Horse Leather? Everything You Need to Know

Is Crazy Horse Leather for You? Everything You Need to Know

Did you know that any product made of crazy horse leather can last for more than 20 years?

In addition to its longevity, the product becomes more beautiful with time. The reason for this is simple — crazy horse leather is full-grain leather.

Full-grain leather is the highest quality leather in the world. It is popularly known for its toughness and durability. It is no surprise it is used to make horse saddles.

A saddle needs to be tough and strong so as not to break, notwithstanding the strength of the horse. This is why crazy horse leather is the traditionally used leather for this.

What is Crazy Horse Leather?

Crazy horse leather is full-grain leather that gets better and more beautiful with time and usage. Rather than wear out, a crazy horse leather develops a patina.

The leather is made from an entire cowhide. Apart from the hair, nothing else is removed. You can easily tell the history of the cow from which it is made by the spots and marks on it.

Crazy horse leather is not from horse leather as the name might imply. It is called ‘crazy horse leather’ because it is used for horse saddles. The word ‘crazy’ signifies its toughness as it can hold a horse no matter how strong it is.

How is Crazy Horse Leather Made?

To make crazy horse leather, the entire cowhide skin is used. Nothing is to be removed from it except the hair. A thick layer of a special kind of wax is then applied to the surface of the cowhide after it’s been smoothed and polished.

The wax works on the fiber of the leather to give it some special effects in tone, shape, and appearance. The wax also makes it resistant to liquid, thereby improving its durability.

How to Care for Your Crazy Horse Leather

1. Clean immediately

When your crazy horse leather gets stained, use a lightly damp cloth to clean the stain. If it gets wet, use a dry cloth to clean the moisture gently.

It helps if you clean immediately as you don’t want the stain to stay long on it and turn permanent. When water stays long on it, it can leave a stain.

2. Don’t use chemical-based cleaners

What sets crazy horse leather apart is the special wax applied to it. This wax is a natural substance that works on the fiber of the leather. If you feel the need to remove a stain, chemical-based cleaners can weaken the wax and damage the leather. Instead, use a soft cloth, warm water, and mild hand soap to remove the stain.

3. Use leather creams or conditioners

As much as the marks and scratches on a crazy horse leather tell both the history of the leather and its use, not everyone likes them. If you want to make your crazy horse leather look as good as new, apply a leather balm or conditioner to it.

To be sure you’re doing it right, you should learn how to condition your leather.

The Crazy Horse Leather for You

The highest quality leather bags, shoes, wallets, and belts are made of crazy horse leather. It is the most expensive leather in the market as it is hand-made and not processed with chemicals. If used with care, a crazy horse leather product will still be strong and firm, even after 20 years.

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Galen Leather
Galen Leather


6 Responses


June 26, 2023

Thanks for your detailed informative explanation Galen.


June 26, 2023

Hey @karen, before you go snowflaking and woke-ing here, how about you get some common sense and info about leathers? A simple NatGeo documentary would help, and none of us would bear the burden of educating you.

You see, the cows are slaughtered for their meat, nothing to do with “having a good life” they’re basically cows born and bred and cultured to become your beef down your nearest groceries. Their hide or skin if you will, unless you see a skinless cow walking around, those hides of theirs are then used and thus are by-products to make leather.

Think of it like a bonus. Cows are meant to be slaughtered as part of daily human life, and their hides are then used (rather than throwing them away) to make something else. It’s not that we killed a cow mercilessly, skinned them, then threw them in the wild like what most of your fellow-snowflakes would have imagined. Common sense is stranger than fiction, and it has always been like that ever before you snowflakes walk this earth some decade ago.

Now go educate yourself more.

Didrik Thede
Didrik Thede

November 01, 2021

Agreed! Fine explanation

karen preston
karen preston

June 07, 2021

I have a two of your products and They are great but…. Where does the leather come from? How are these animal treated. Not interested in the whole debate but if you are using hide from animals that have had a good life and are slaughtered humanely, then tell us. It would be a wonderful addition to your already great product and service. I will not buy again until you till I see and article on you site about this subject.

Patrick Bissell
Patrick Bissell

May 03, 2021

I have several crazy horse leather items from Galen. All are beautiful, functional and unique. Combined with the Galen workmanship, my items will last well past my lifetime.

M. DeStefano
M. DeStefano

May 16, 2021

The article on crazy horse leather was great. Just like prior explenations of your products. Please keep it up.

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