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    06-04-2008, 03:28 PM
Saddle Cleaning

Ok so I was given the all purpose non branded saddle.i clean it like once every 3 weeks-i was wondering 2 things...1) how often do you clean ur saddle and 2) there is like this really weird stuff that grows on it.the girl I got it from says its mold.could that be it?not a lot grows but im just saying its really annoying!
And one more thing...i know this is a really stupid question but if I put another hole in my engliush bridle...would that be bad or no.i just don't want to like mess anything up although im sure it wouldn' little qh has a small head! Haha thanks so much!
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    06-04-2008, 06:20 PM
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1) they say you should clean your tack after every ride, but I don't know that many people who do that! I usually clean my tack before every show (which is almost every week during the spring-fall).

2) Saddles DO mold/mildew if they don't get cleaned often enough! Especially if it's humid where you live. Whitish greenish fuzzy spots? A simple saddle soap gets that right off. And that's usually a good sign that you might want to clean your tack more often.

3) it's normal to add holes to bridles to help them fit better, as long as it's just 1 or 2 and don't affect the placement of the straps. Do you have a leather punch? They make it easy to get a small perfectly sized/shaped hole that doesn't stand out.
    06-04-2008, 09:30 PM
I keep a hand towel hanging near where my saddle lives. Everytime I come in from a ride I give it a quick once over to get any dirt or sweat etc off then about once a fortnight I give it a really good clean.

I would agree that the mold forming is probably a good indicator that you need to clean your saddle more regularly. Its easy to get in the habit of giving a quick once over every time you ride.
    06-04-2008, 09:38 PM
No I mean its not a lot and I only ride in that particular saddle on its not often that I ride in it.but it must be the humidity.

And yes, I do have a leather punch...its just I didn't want to mess up the position of straps or I was just curious
    06-04-2008, 09:57 PM
1) My tack is cleaned after every ride. I just use Leather Therapy Wash Spray and a rag.

2) Saddles do mold, especially if kept in humid areas.
    06-04-2008, 10:41 PM
No I mean I do wipe dirt off after every ride and what ever else happens to venture onto my saddle but I only do a thorough cleaning like once every 3 weeks.
    06-04-2008, 10:41 PM
That includes girth, saddle pad and bridle.
    06-07-2008, 12:53 PM
The best thing to do is give it a thorough cleaning after each use. It gets easier because then there isn't as much grime, sweat, and dirt to get off after a while.

-My tack is cleaned every time I ride and now it only takes me like 5-10min

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