I passed on the natural horsehide. I just don't care for them in their original state and would not have the opportunity to wear them enough to get them to look decent. And I am not going to make the effort to bake them in the sun and/or rub polish, etc on them to darken them, break them in.
I think Mike even said that just one application of Lexol or Bick4 (can't remember what he used) darkened them significantly. I agree though, they get a lot more character as they age. Kind of flat when they're virgin.